“Stacey King called me Jimmy Buckets even before I scored a basket in the NBA”: When Jimmy Butler revealed the story behind the origin of his famous nickname

Advait Jajodia
|Published November 28, 2021

Jimmy Butler revealed the story behind the birth of his famous nickname – “Jimmy Buckets”. Explains how a former champ gave him the name, even before he scored a point in the NBA.

Apart from being one of the strongest players in the league, Jimmy Butler is one of the hardest workers in the league currently. Always playing with a chip on his shoulder, the grit, determination, and energy Butler plays with is absolutely unreal.

The Miami Heat forward has come a long way ever since he was first drafted as a young 22-year-old. Establishing himself as one of the more premier two-way superstars, the 6-foot-7 former MIP is a menace on both sides of the floor.

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And in the span of his decade-long career, for someone who was unranked nationally, Butler has built up quite an illustrious resume – 5 All-Star selections, 4 All-NBA selections, 5 All-Defensive selections, 1-time steal champ, the 2015 MIP, and even led the Heat to a phenomenal run to the NBA Finals in the Bubble.

“Stacey King gave me the nickname in 2011”: Jimmy Butler

With a career average of 17.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 4 assists, one would not really call Jimmy a pure scorer. However, his nickname says something else. Enthusiasts, analysts, and former legends refer to the former 30th pick as “Jimmy Buckets”.

However apt that maybe, or may not be, fans have always wondered where the star got this cool nickname from. Back in January, after the conclusion of the NBA Bubble season, Butler appeared on GQ Sports’ “Actually Me”, where he went undercover to answer a few fan questions from Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, among many other social media platforms.

One of the many questions was – “How Jimmy Butler even get the nickname Jimmy Buckets?”

To which Jimmy revealed the origin behind the nickname:

“Stacey King gave me that nickname easily before I ever scored a basket in the NBA. So the nickname never really made sense. And then I started to score a little bit, and it started to come into its own. But Stacey King gave me that in 2011 when I barely played because Thibs (coach Tom Thibodeau) never wanted to play me. And now I guess I score pretty decently. So that’s how Jimmy Butler even get the nickname Jimmy buckets.”

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This season, Jimmy “Buckets” has been on a tear. Averaging 23.9 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 5.3 assists, Butler has been leading the Miami Heat to a 13-7 record. The way the squad has been playing, they could surely make a deep playoffs run yet again.

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Advait Jajodia

Advait Jajodia

A 20-year-old with a BBA degree specializing in marketing, Advait Jajodia is an NBA Editor at The SportsRush and a passionate basketball enthusiast. Advait has been immersed in the world of basketball since picking up a basketball at the age of 9. Excelling as a two-time national-level player, specifically as a point guard during the Golden State Warriors' dominant era, he draws inspiration from the electrifying style of Stephen Curry. Beyond the NBA, Advait finds joy in playing various sports, exploring intriguing conspiracy theories, and boosting his 2K rating to 99. He also holds admiration for athletes like Rafael Nadal, Virat Kohli, and Phil Foden, recognizing their exceptional skills.

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