While I have been saying to look for a lot of trades the exact opposite ended up happening. It was without a doubt one of the most boring drafts I have ever seen. There were some surprises, but most of the draft (with exception to Perry Jones III falling to 28) was rather predictable. As for the Timberwolves, it was a very slow night.
As many of you know already, their #18 pick was traded to Houston for Chase Budinger and the rights to Lior Eliyahu. This pick turned into Kenucky Forward Terrence Jones, and the last thing the Timberwolves need is a power forward. Perhaps Jones will become a nice productive player one day, but for now I prefer the stable scoring and explosive athleticism Budinger provides.
This year Kahn and co. had just the #58 overall pick, and the team wisely used that pick on former Purdue forward Robbie Hummel. While the 23 year old Hummel has had his fair share of injury problems, there was little doubt that he could produce during his 4 seasons with the team. Jeff Van Gundy said it best by saying that teams should trust college production. The 6’9″ forward averaged a career high 16.4 points this season in addition to 7.2 rebounds. He also chipped in over a block per game, showing he can make a slight difference on defense. He can shoot from 3 point range (38.3% this season), and is consistent at the free throw line (82.5%).
The obvious concerns lie in the health of his knees. He had two ACL surgeries within the past couple of years, and it made scouts wonder if he could still keep up with the faster and more athletic NBA game. Hummel seems to have made a nice comeback, and I should take this time to remind people that there are guys in the NBA with no knees that still produce. Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire is still playing on a high level after micro-fracture knee surgery, and the Spurs’ DeJuan Blair doesn’t have ACLs in either knee. There’s hope for Hummel, and I hope he can pull through. After watching him in Big 10 conference play over the years I am convinced he can become a good role player on a championship team.
Overall grade: B-
The acquisition of a proven NBA player is always nice, and Chase should be able to provide some offensive spark. I also believe Hummel could be considered a second round steal if he can stay healthy. Too much talent and production to pass up.