Impact of John Butler remaining in NBA Draft

The deadline for former four-star center John Butler to have his name removed from the NBA draft list had passed, and Butler announced that he intends to remain in the draft and not make the FSU draft for his second season. return to basketball.

The freshman appeared in 31 games, averaging 31 minutes, 5.9 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.2 blocks on 41 percent shooting overall and 39 percent shooting from three-point land.

Butler lists 7’1″ and a 7’3″ wingspan, but still under 200 pounds. It’s an interesting decision, and unlike what most blue-chip players participating in FSU have done in recent history.

Typically, players test the waters and confirm that they are likely to be selected in the first-round lottery before deciding to stay in the draft. That’s not the case with Butler, which isn’t considered a lottery pick. Heck, most project him as a project player who could get drafted in the second round.

He has all the potential in the world but it will take time for his body to mature physically and for his game to develop. Will this happen in the NBA? It’s possible, but the consensus is that he will likely need to return to FSU for another year to secure a first-round draft grade in next year’s draft.

That’s not the case with Butler, which isn’t considered a lottery pick. Heck, most project him as a project player who could get drafted in the second round. He has all the potential in the world but it will take time for his body to mature physically and for his game to develop.

Will this happen in the NBA? It’s possible, but the consensus is that he will likely need to return to FSU for another year to secure a first-round draft grade in next year’s draft. FSU basketball had a young team last season and they will miss Butler’s experience, three-point shooting and shot blocking.

Leonard Hamilton has young talent from the 2022 recruit class joining the program. Five players from the upper school and two transfers are already working on the coming season.

A starting lineup might look like Jalen Warley, Caleb Mills, Matthew Cleveland, Cam’Ron Fletcher and Naheem McLeod. These five players make up almost all of last season’s production, making the two transfers incredibly important. Leonard Hamilton is not too dependent on the newcomers like last season.

Good luck to John Butler!

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