Born July 9, 1938 Al Butler played in the NBA mainly as a Guard during their playing career, season(s): 1962-1965. Elbert J. "Al" Butler was an American basketball player. Born in Rochester, New York, he played collegiately for Niagara University. He was selected by the Boston Celtics in the 2nd round of the 1961 NBA draft. He played for the Celtics, New York Knicks and Baltimore Bullets in the NBA for 234 games.