Spencer Butterfield (ALBA Berlin) Coach Aito Corrects You In A Way That Makes Sense And Is Nonthreatening

Spencer Butterfield is a 25 year old 190cm guard from Loomis, California playing his third professional season and first with JSF Nanterre (France-ProA) averaging 12.1ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.3apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 40.7%, FT: 79.7% and in the France Pro A while in the FIBA Europe cup averaged 12.1ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.3apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 40.7%, FT: 79.7%. He played at Utah St. (NCAA) and as a senior played 32 games averaging 13.0ppg, 6.2rpg, 2.5apg, FGP: 47.1%, 3PT: 46.0%, FT: 82.9%. He started his professional basketball career in 2014 with Melilla Baloncesto (Spain-LEB Gold) playing 25 games averaging 10.0ppg, 3.9rpg, FGP: 55.8%, 3PT: 43.8%, FT: 87.9%. In the 2015-2016 season he played with Juventus-LKSK Utenos (Lithuania-LKL) playing 40 games: Score-3(14.5ppg), 6.2rpg, 1.9apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 47.2%, 3PT: 42.4%, FT: 81.3%; In the FIBA Europe Cup he played 14 games averaging 15.0ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.9apg, FGP: 51.6%, 3PT: 42.0%, FT: 78.4%. He had a very short chat with German Hoops before game 2 of the 2018 easyCredit BBL finals against FC Bayern Munich.

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Miles Schmidt-Scheuber interviewing Spencer Butterfied after a Fiba Europe Cup win wit Nanterre over the Telekom Baskets Bonn in Bonn in 2017

Spencer, thanks for talking to German Hoops. It has been a little more than a year since we last talked. You have won two professional titles a cup in France and the Fiba Europe Cup as well last season with Nanterre. Now your two games away from winning the BBL title. How good is life at the moment for you?

Ya pretty excited about the opportunity to have a chance to win a title with Alba.

Before that you disposed of the EWE Baskets. How important was it going the distance and getting some early difficult competition. Do you feel like this strengthened the team mentality a bit more for the playoff stretch run?

Ya I think Oldenburg was a great test for us and we really had to dig deep to find a way to win that series. It definitely helped prepare us.

You played some games against Mr Oldenburg Rickey Paulding and he will return next season. Did you recognize his legacy in Oldenburg and worth to the BBL? Is he a guy you will fondly remember in 10 years when you look back at your career?

Ya he is a great player and a legend for that club.

Congrats on the amazing and hard fought 106-95 win in game one in Munich. No team in this season´s playoffs has won not having the home court advantage. Alba Berlin is on it´s way to disprove this. How vital was stealing game one in Munich?

 Ya it was very important. They are a great team and we have a long way to go but it was a great start.

It was such an exciting game where both teams left it on the court. What was vital in the 13-2 run at the end? As always you nailed three three´s at the end, but that was already as the damage had been done.

Ya I think we just had the belief that we could win and guys made plays in crucial moments. Our coach did a great job of preparing us all season for situations like that and we have confidence as a team that we can win games like that.

Obviously coach Aito has been huge for the success as has the team chemistry and deadly three point shooting, but talk about how key the team versatility has been. In game one it was Marius Grigonis that exploded. How valuable has this offensive unpredictability been this season?

Ya Aito just has an amazing coaching style and he is so patient and willing to teach every single person on this team. And when you see your leader care that much about his players then you want to do everything you can to not disappoint him. We have a lot of weapons on this team and everyone is so selfless that good things happen.

Alba Berlin is in the driver seat, but FC Bayern Munich won´t lay down and rest. You lost the only other meeting in Berlin this season. What will be key to winning game two?

Just being focused and ready to play from the tip. Its going to be a war and we need to be ready for that and having our home crowd will be great.

Let´s talk a bit about your teammates. How special has it been playing with Luke Sikma? You have seen a lot in your career, but what have you experienced with him that you hadn´t seen before from a player on and off the court?

Ya he is an amazing player. He just plays the right way and makes everyone else around him better. I have learned a lot from him this season and love playing with all the guys on this team.

How have you seen the game of point guard Peyton Siva keep developing this season? If Alba Berlin win the title, would he be the fair choice as the best point guard in the BBL?

Peyton has been great all year round. He plays hard at both ends of the floor and just wants to win no matter what it takes. I don’t want to take away anything from the other PGs in the league but lets just say I wouldn’t trade Peyton for any other PGs haha

How vital will a Dennis Clifford be in the final series? Do you feel like he will be able to match the physicality of a Maik Zirbes, Devin Booker or Danilo Barthel is a final series?


 Ya Dennis is a warrior. The guy works his butt off every day and does whatever it takes to win. He has been a big part of our success all season and will of course be essential in the finals.


Let´s talk about your game. You have given the name sniper a new meaning. Does the fact that since arriving at Utah in 2012 you have never shot below 40% in 9 competitions. Does this fact and knowing what you have done continue to be a major plus for your overall confidence when it comes to shooting three´s?


 Ya that is pretty cool to say I guess. I don’t know I try not to think about percentages I just try to do my job and help the team win.


Currently Alba Berlin has 7 guys shooting 40% or better from outside. How do you feel has your shooting been able to profit from the overall great shooting team that Alba Berlin is having this season?


 It is always great to be surrounded by shooters. I think it just shows how selfless everyone is because we don’t take bad shots.


Head Coach Aito has been such a refreshing new element to the organization Alba Berlin. He made playing basketball fun again. What has been your special moment you have had with him and how has he helped you been successful besides just letting you shoot away?


 Man Aito has done so much for this organization and for this team this year. I just admire his patience and willingness to teach every person on the floor. He corrects you in a way that makes sense and is nonthreatening. He instills confidence while at the same time pushes you to be better.


Thanks Spencer for the chat.













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