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Eleven-year NBA veteran Rasual Butler
Eleven-year veteran Rasual Butler finds himself on the end of the Indiana Pacers' bench, averaging just 0.6 points through Nov. 26, but he's not complaining.
In fact, he told the Indianapolis Star's Candace Buckner on Oct. 27 he's "excited" to be with Indiana, earning a chance to win an NBA title.
Butler also told Buckner how he perceives his role on the team.
Just being a good veteran leader, helping some of the young guys, (and sharing) some of my experiences that I've seen throughout the game of basketball and also in life.
He has certainly lived up to what he said. Behind the scenes, Butler has played a key role in the development of youngsters Lance Stephenson, Orlando Johnson and Solomon Hill.
He is also a model of persistence as he was cut by the Toronto Raptors on March 23, 2012 but worked his way back into the NBA via the D-League and Summer League routes.
Rasual Butler may not be producing as much as he did in years past, but by virtue of his professionalism and his selflessness, he has certainly made an impact on the Indiana Pacers.
Sloan, the new Indiana Pacer, was an unknown commodity prior to the 2013-14 season. In fact, he was a no-namer.
He played the best game of the young season in a 97-80 win against the Chicago Bulls at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Nov. 9, knocking down 4 of 6 shots for nine points.
As of Nov. 26, he has played in a combined 16 minutes since then. This can be attributed to C.J. Watson doing a commendable job as George Hill's chief reliever.
Sloan, given ample playing time, should be able to provide solid minutes off the bench. He's not turnover-prone (at least when he plays), is a decent ball handler and can dish out three or four assists per outing.
While it's not entirely his fault he's been on the bench lately, he still has a lot to prove. Give him time, and he can make a bigger impact.