William Franklin Avery Jr. is an American professional basketball player. This 6 feet 2.75 inches lad of Augusta was positioned for point guard and was selected 14th overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 1999 NBA Draft after his sophomore year. During this period, he was known as draft bust, who never lived up to expectations. With 2.7 points and 1.4 assists per game in 142 NBA games, over three seasons with the Timberwolves, he proved them wrong.
Along with Corey Maggette and Elton Brand, he became one of the first players under Mike Krzyzewski to leave Duke before graduating. After his three year contract with the Timberwolves, he was not signed by any of the NBA teams. His contract expired in 2002 after which he moved his career overseas. Since then, he played with the pro clubs like the Strasbourg IG (2002-03), Makedonikos Alfa (2003), Hapoel Tel-Aviv (2004), Hapoel Jerusalem (2004–05), Azovmash Mariupol (2005), Panionios (2005–06), ALBA Berlin (2006–07), Galatasaray Café Crown (2007), AEK Athens (2007–08) and Trikala 2000 (2008–09).
William Franklin Avery Jr. made his first career start against the Indiana Pacers in January 2000, and scored four points with five boards and three assists in 17 minutes. He achieved his NBA debut against the Phoenix Suns on November 1999.