He was selected by the Miami Heat in tenth place in the 2002 draft. In his first NBA season, averaged a stellar 15.4 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 36.6 minutes per game, losing a total of four games due to injury. He finished third in voting for the Rookie of the Year by Amare Stoudemire and Yao Ming, but was the top rookie for November, January, February and March, becoming the sixth rookie in NBA history to win four or more awards rookie of the month along with Tim Duncan, Shaquille O’Neal, David Robinson, Ralph Sampson and Terry Cummings. He also played for the Rookie Challenge with the rookie team, scoring 23 points, handing out 7 assists, grabbing 4 rebounds and stealing 4 balls in 32 minutes. Butler, facing his former teammate Kobe Bryant. In his second season with the Heat, missed 13 games due to injury, and their average fell sharply, in part by the arrival of rookie Dwyane Wade.Signed 9.2 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.10 steals and 29.9 minutes in 68 games, 58 of them starts. At the end of the season, was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers with Lamar Odom and Brian Grant in exchange for center Shaquille O’Neal. In California, he returned to the numbers in his first season in the NBA with 15.5 points and 5.8 rebounds per game in 77 games, all by the holder. Despite his decent single season, the team achieved the goal of qualifying for the playoffs, being traded to the Washington Wizards along with Chucky Atkins in exchange for Kwame Brown and Laron Profit. Prior to the start the new season, Butler signed a 5 year contract at a rate of 46 million. Along with Gilbert Arenas and Antawn Jamison formed the “Big Three”, replacing Larry Hughes, who signed with Cleveland Cavaliers. In his first year in the capital, he averaged 17.6 points and 6.2 rebounds in 75 games, 54 of the holder. Combined with Arenas and Jamison, the trio averaged 67.4 points per game, a real offensive threat.Butler was called by his coach Eddie Jordan “Tough Juice” for his aggressive and exciting game, personified the day that Butler grabbed 20 rebounds in the sixth playoff game against the Cavs. In his second season with the Wizards, Butler was selected first alternate to play like All-Star Game in 2007, while averaging 19.1 points per game, 7.4 rebounds and 3.7 assists. Bad luck came shortly before the playoffs began, 2007, suffering an injury and thus missing the playoffs.