Canadian guard Brady Heslip isn’t the typical college player expected to make an NBA roster. He wasn’t drafted, he wasn’t even ranked in the top 100 by most mock draft boards. However, he earned a shot at making the Minnesota Timberwolves roster this summer at NBA Summer League and while playing for Team Canada.
Brady Heslip will sign a camp deal w/ the #Twolves, per source. Really impressed them in Vegas.
— Darren Wolfson (@DarrenWolfson) August 27, 2014
He’s old for a rookie at 24 and he’s undersized for a shooting guard at 6’2, however, Heslip brings more to the NBA than the typical immature early entry candidate teams usually take out of the draft. Heslip can score and he’s proven it against some of the best playing for Team Canada over the past two summers. Seeing Heslip tryout for Team Canada for the FIBA Americas tournament last summer, it would have been easy to assume he’d be cut. There were bigger guards available to play, but he earned a spot on the roster and he wasn’t just a twelve man. Heslip was often a surprising impact player.
In in final year at Baylor, Heslip made 3.1 three-pointers a game shooting 46 percent from deep and Minnesota decided to give him a look at Summer League.
Out to Minnesota, excited about a great opportunity to get to play with the timberwolves for the nba summer league. Let’s go!
— Brady T Heslip (@bradyheslip) July 6, 2014
— Huggy® BBM:765617b5 (@huggygrassroots) July 17, 2014
Heslip wasn’t about to waste this opportunity and in his final two games he averaged 15.5 points and made 7-10 three-points attempts.
— Nate D (@nated_nated) July 19, 2014
— Can Ball Ray (@CanBallReport) July 19, 2014
After getting noticed in Las Vegas, Heslip brought that shooting with him to Team Canada for the summer where the undersized guard led his team in scoring on 4 occasions. 14 points against Georgia, 16 points versus Croatia, 18 points on Serbia and a 22 point effort in the final game against Angola. He also scored 11 points against Spain. Heslip was Team Canada’s floor spreader and the opposition left him at their own peril.
— Herb Garbutt (@herbgarbutt) August 12, 2014
— Jerod Fuchs (@Feez08) August 4, 2014
Burlington’s @bradyheslip had a team-high 14 points to lead Canada to an 83-66 victory over Georgia.
— Herb Garbutt (@herbgarbutt) July 27, 2014
“Hopefully we can show off some of those guys while we are on that (11 game European) tour and get them employed,” Canadian Head Coach Jay Triano told Pro Bball Report. “It’s happened in the past. I think back to the 2000 Olympics and guys that played in the Olympics got jobs because of how well we did in the Olympics and they got better contracts.”
“(The players) get to be seen. If it opens up opportunities for our players to keep playing and become employed as basketball players then it’s a great trip.”
Currently there isn’t a spot for Heslip on the Timberwolves 15-man roster, however, with all the moves that the team has made recently, it isn’t hard to imagine how an opportunity to make the roster could happen. It will be an uphill battle to go from not being drafted to making an NBA team, but Heslip has been able to impress coaches before and earn himself a chance to play. He just might be able to do it again.