It is a very important summer for Jimmer Fredette as he tries to make his way back to the NBA.
So important that he is participating in a free agent workout even before the NBA finals are finished.
According to a tweet from David Pick, Fredette will be headed to Minnesota to show off his skills for his former Chicago Bulls Tom Thibodeau against some of the best lead guards from around the D-League and Europe from the past season.
While Fredette may be the biggest name set to participate in the Friday workout, he isn’t the only former first round pick looking to return to the NBA.
Marquis Teague was a first round pick who is still trying to get back to the league. Joining them will be Phil Pressey, Ryan Boatright, Mike James, Ra’shad James, Mark Lyons and Aaron Craft, according to another tweet from Pick.
While it’s not a list of the who’s who of point guards, there are some very talented players looking to get back into the league, or have their first opportunity to play in the NBA. There is no doubt that they will provide plenty of competition for Fredette.
Here is a look at the other point guards who will audition with the Timberwolves on Friday.
Pressey played two seasons for the Boston Celtics out of Missouri as an undrafted free agent before he was waived. He spent 2015-16 playing for the Philadelphia 76ers and Phoenix Suns as well as the Idaho Stampede in the D-League.
He is a pass first point guard who provides good defensive intensity, but isn’t a great outside shooter. He showed well during the last part of the D-League season averaging 13.7 points, 6.9 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 2.0 steals in 31 games.
Teague was a first round pick by the Chicago Bulls in 2012. He spent two seasons playing for the Bulls and the Brooklyn Nets before he was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers and getting waived. He spent the last seasons with the Oklahoma City Blue and put up some solid numbers. In 2015-16, he started 48 of 50 games and averaged 15.7 points on 41.4 percent shooting from the floor, including 38.9 percent from beyond the arc. He added 5.9 assists and 2.8 rebounds in 32.7 minutes.
Boatright spent his first year of pro basketball playing in the D-League and Italy after being waived by both the Brooklyn Nets and the Detroit Pistons in the preseason. After putting up solid numbers for Grand Rapids Drive, he found his offensive groove with Betaland and led the team in scoring over his 11 games with the Serie A club. He averaged 19.2 points the strength of 44 percent shooting from 3-point range to go along with 4.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 27.5 minutes.
James has played pro basketball in Croatia, Israel, Italy Greece and Spain since leaving Lamar in 2012. In 2015-16 he finished his third season playing for Laboral Kutxa in Spain where he helped to lead the team to the ACB league semi-finals. Along the way, he averaged 10.2 points, 2.8 assists and 2.0 rebounds in 41 games.
James spent his first two seasons of pro ball playing for the D-League’s Reno Bighorns before venturing over to Korea for the 2015-16 season. He lasted just 15 games and averaged 9.9 points a game in just 11.6 minutes before moving on to Poland. He played 14 more games in the top league and showed off his scoring touch, averaging 16.1 points in 25.1 minutes a night.
The well-traveled guard then returned to the D-League where he played along side Fredette for the Westchester Knicks. It was there that he had his most success, putting up 16.5 points a game on 50.3 percent shooting from the floor in 27.7 minutes.
Lyons has bounced around after finishing out his college career with the Arizona Wildcats. He has played in France, Croatia, Belgium and Israel in just three seasons of pro ball. He spent 2015-16 in Israel with Maccabi Rishon where he was the starting point guard on a championship team.
He was at his best during Europe Cup competition when he averaged 17.3 points on 47.2 percent shooting, including 43.5 percent from beyond the arc. He added a team-high 4.4 assists with 2.3 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 31.2 minutes.
Craft has spent two seasons playing pro ball after a great career as a defensive stopper for the Ohio State. His 2015-16 season was split between playing in Hungary and the D-League with the Santa Cruz Warriors. While he shot the ball really well in Hungary, he really struggled in Eurocup, averaging just 4.3 points on 37 percent shooting from the floor with 3.3 assists and 2.0 turnovers in 19.9 minutes.
After 22 games, he returned to Santa Cruz and had a nice season in the D-League. He averaged 13.5 points a game with 7.3 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 2.0 steals while showing off his great defensive effort.