William Avery
Personal information
Born (1979-08-08) August 8, 1979 (age 43)
Augusta, Georgia
Listed height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High schoolOak Hill Academy
(Mouth of Wilson, Virginia)
CollegeDuke (1997–1999)
NBA draft1999 / Round: 1 / Pick: 14th overall
Selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves
Playing career1999–2011
PositionPoint guard
Career history
19992002Minnesota Timberwolves
2002–2003Strasbourg IG
2004Hapoel Tel Aviv
2004–2005Hapoel Jerusalem
2005Azovmash Mariupol
2006–2007Alba Berlin
2007Galatasaray Café Crown
2007–2008AEK Athens
2008–2009Trikala 2000
2011Energa Czarni Slupsk
Career highlights and awards
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at NBA.com
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at Basketball-Reference.com

William Franklin Avery Jr. (born August 8, 1979) is an American former professional basketball player.

College career

Avery, at 6 ft 2 in (1.90 m), was the starting point guard on the 1998–99 Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team, where he averaged 14.9 points and 5.0 assists per game his sophomore year. After winning 32 straight games, Duke lost in the National Championship game to the University of Connecticut. Avery, along with Elton Brand and Corey Maggette, became one of the first players under Mike Krzyzewski to leave Duke before graduating.

Professional career


Avery was selected 14th overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 1999 NBA Draft after his sophomore year. He averaged 2.7 points per game and 1.4 assists per game in 142 NBA games over three seasons with the Timberwolves.

Israel and Europe

Avery was not signed by any NBA teams after his 3-year contract with the Timberwolves expired in 2002, so he moved his career overseas. Avery played with the following pro clubs: Hapoel Tel Aviv and Hapoel Jerusalem of the Israeli League, Strasbourg IG of the French League, Azovmash Mariupol of the Ukrainian League, Makedonikos Alfa, Panionios, and AEK Athens of the Greek League, ALBA Berlin of the German League, and Galatasaray Café Crown of the Turkish League.

Avery was released from Galatasaray in October 2007, just three months after signing with the club. He then immediately moved to Greece and signed with AEK Athens. He joined Trikala 2000 in 2008. In the summer of 2009, he moved to PAOK BC. In February 2011 he signed with Energa Czarni Slupsk in Poland.[1]


Avery retired from professional basketball in 2012. After retirement, he returned to Evans, Georgia where he started a basketball camp.[2]

In the Fall of 2019, Avery returned to Duke University to complete his degree.[3]


  1. ^ Energa Czarni Slupsk tabs William Avery
  2. ^ William Avery Update
  3. ^ @Will_Avery5 (August 29, 2019). "Guess who's back??? I have returned to Duke University to get my degree after 20 years! The support from @DukeMBB h…" (Tweet) – via Twitter.