Jackie Butler (born April 10 1985) is a professional basketball player in the NBA. Attempting to enter the league straight out of high school, Butler went undrafted, but caught on with the New York Knicks for the 2004-2005 NBA season. He scored ten points over three games, by successfully making all four of his field goals and both free throw attempts. Butler finished the 2004-2005 season with the CBA, and later was drafted in the 2005 AAPBL Draft. However the league folded soon thereafter.
When Larry Brown was hired as the New York Knicks head coach, it was unclear what sort of role Butler would have. After the pre-season, Brown publicly commented on how happy he was with Butler, and considered him his 4th rookie (along with Channing Frye, Nate Robinson and David Lee. After a rocky start, Butler was soon praised as being the Knicks best center, with Eddy Curry and Jerome James having disappointing starts to their Knick careers.