NEW YORK – NBA G League referees John Butler, Nate Green and Evan Scott have been promoted to full-time NBA staff officials, it was announced today by Monty McCutchen, NBA Vice President, Head of Referee Development and Training.
“John, Nate and Evan have achieved their promotions through the quality of their officiating being at the standard for working NBA games on a regular basis,” said McCutchen. “Our NBA G League is a great tool for officials to earn the right to rise to the NBA ranks and then continue to grow at their craft.”
In addition to their NBA assignments this season, the three new staff officials will continue to officiate NBA G League games. All NBA referees with fewer than four years of service in the NBA work NBA G League games to gain additional experience as crew chiefs and develop as leaders.
New Full-Time NBA Staff Officials
John Butler (Biloxi, Miss.) has officiated five seasons in the NBA G League and two seasons in the WNBA. He worked the NBA G League playoffs from 2015-19 and the Finals in 2018 and 2019. Butler officiated nine NBA regular-season games as a non-staff official during the 2018-19 season. He also has eight years of collegiate officiating experience. See his complete bio here.
Nate Green (Des Moines, Iowa) has worked four seasons as an NBA G League official. He officiated nine NBA regular-season games as a non-staff official during the 2018-19 season. Green also has six years of collegiate officiating experience. A standout player at Indiana State, Green was named the 1999-2000 Missouri Valley Player of the Year. He played professionally in the NBA G League (2001-03) and in Italy (2003-10). See his complete bio here.
Evan Scott (Taejon, South Korea) is one of four referees born outside the United States on the NBA officiating staff. He has officiated three seasons in the NBA G League. Scott worked nine NBA regular-season games as a non-staff official during the 2018-19 season. His officiating experience also includes five years in the collegiate ranks. Scott played two seasons of rugby at Radford University. See his complete bio here.