Rasual Butler didn't just stick around to earn a paycheck as the 15th man on the bench. He earned playing time after he took the job from younger foes in training camp. And even though Butler didn't have a postseason impact, the shooter was instrumental in getting the Wizards to a 46-win regular season that could've been better had he not crashed so hard in the second half of the season.
The stats: 7.7 points, 2.6 rebounds, 42.2% shooting, including 38.7% from three.
The improvements: This was Butler’s best season in five years and he was a major contributor in appearing in 75 games. He was a spot-up shooter who had flashes of solid defense with his 6-7 frame. Playing with John Wall, like it has for so many players, gave Butler the space he needed to get his shots off as he jumped ahead of Otto Porter and Martell Webster in coach Randy Wittman’s rotation. Butler made 91 three-point shots after totaling 93 in the previous three seasons combined. He led the Wizards in scoring six times – all off the bench.
The next step: Butler intends to play again but the key will be for him to be fresh late. He tapered off significantly after the first half of the season. Wittman rested him to preserve his legs and said that Butler’s workout regimen contributed to him coming out flat.
2014-15 grade: B-.
2015-16 outlook: Butler is an unrestricted free agent and he’ll require just a vet minimum salary. He was responsible for at least five or six wins in the regular season for the Wizards because of his clutch shooting. That should secure him a job somewhere despite him being 36.