It was a decidedly slow draft night for the Minnesota Timberwolves, with only one pick and no trades like they had in 2011. When they finally went on the clock with the 58th overall pick, they selected Purdue forward Robbie Hummel.
Hummel’s college career was derailed by two ACL tears, including one that caused him to miss the entire 2010-2011 season and return to Purdue for a fifth season in 2011-2012. It was obviously the right move in terms of any aspirations he had to play in the NBA, and Hummel was productive as he averaged a career-high 16.4 points and 7.2 rebounds per game while making over 38 percent of his three-pointers.
Let’s take a closer look at Hummel and examine how he fits with the Timberwolves.
Weight: 218 lbs.
Age: 23 (3/8/89)
- Is an excellent outside shooter, with a quick release and high release point
- Has an excellent feel for the game; shows good instincts
- Has good overall offensive skills
- Shows a good understanding of positioning and teamwork on the defensive end
- Displays great toughness and plays with high energy
- Injury history (knees, back) is a concern
- Lacks explosiveness off the dribble offensively
- Is very limited defensively, particularly in terms of moving laterally
- Is a below average rebounder for a player his size
Hummel looks certain to become a small forward at the NBA level, despite the fact he may struggle defensively against some of the more athletic players at that position around the league. He does fit Minnesota’s need for outside shooters, so perhaps he could have a role off the bench immediately as a rookie if he earns a roster spot. If nothing else, Hummel is used to overcoming long odds with two ACL injuries during his collegiate career. The team now has a glut of small forward-shooting guard types, with newly acquired Chase Budinger, Michael Beasley, Martell Webster and Wesley Johnson among the notables currently on the roster, though Webster and Beasley do look unlikely to be back with the team next season. So Hummel may get a better opportunity to earn a roster spot than most late second round picks when the Timberwolves are done making moves this offseason.