It’s been a long, bumpy ride to the NBA for former Purdue University standout Robbie Hummel, but it looks like that ride may be culminating this preseason with a spot on the Minnesota Timberwolves 15-man roster.
At one point during his college career, Hummel was considered to be a lock in the NBA Draft lottery, but two ACL tears later he wound up the 58th pick in the 2012 NBA draft. He failed to make the Timberwolves roster last season so he played overseas for a year.
Hummel returned to the States this offseason to fight once again for a spot among the Timberwolves 15-man roster. Through the first six preseason games, Hummel has earned playing time in four, including starting at small forward and playing 31 minutes against the Philadelphia 76ers.
While head coach Rick Adelman has shown support in seeing Hummel make the roster, Hummel hasn’t helped himself with his performance. In those four games he has shot 7-of-23, scored 19 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out three assists. He hasn’t exactly earned his spot performance wise, but it’s his intangibles that will get him onto the final roster.
“I don’t worry about him not shooting the ball,” Adelman said. “He does all the other little things on the court. He’s always in the right spot defensively. If he gets those same shots, he’s going to make shots. I don’t worry about him missing shots. He just fits right in with the team he’s on, whether it’s the first group or the second group.”
Hummel can play both forward positions and would be an asset if the Timberwolves were to lose Kevin Love again to injury. Being on the roster will also allow the Timberwolves to send Hummel down to the D-League to make sure he continues to improve his game instead of just logging minutes on the bench.
There is only one roster spot left and that spot is Hummel’s to lose.