With the 2012 NBA Draft slowly coming into as the Timberwolves were getting prepared to select their 58th pick the Purdue forward Robbie Hummel was getting nervous that he wouldn’t get picked at all that night. Hummel was getting ready for free agency.
However, when the Timberwolves decided to pick Hummel as their 58th pick, Hummel was both happy for the fact that he got drafted and also that he is going to play in the state filled with family ties. Hummel knew he was going to join a team with a great future ahead of them after a great start in last year’s NBA regular season.
Hummel is no stranger to MinneSOta. When he was very young, Hummel would come over to the Twin Cities or would visit a cabin which his grandfather built at Pelican Lake.
However, those trips to Minnesota were all for rest and relaxation and not to play professional basketball. Hummel says he will join the Timberwolves in this year’s 2012 NBA Summer League as the team will head to Las Vegas for five games between July 16 and July 22.
David Kahn, the Wolves President of Basketball Operations said that Hummel is a first round talent before a couple of ACL injuries hurt his player value. Despite that, being the 58th pick, Hummel was perfect, especially for the Timberwolves who only had that one pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. Hummel will be a solid player for the Timberwolves coming off the bench as a substitute for All-Star Kevin Love. And with the possibility of losing Derrick Williams for Pau Gasol during this off-season, Hummel will get some more minutes come opening night.
After speaking with former Purdue player in Brad Miller, who played with the Timberwolves last season under Head Coach Rick Adelman and have just recently decided to call it quits from the NBA, Hummel was able to get some information on the system ran by the Timberwolves head coach.
The Wolves desperately needs scorers on their team and Hummel a guy that can score consistently. Hummel is a three-time All Big Ten First Team player and twice named the Associated Press All-America Honorable Mention.
After suffering a pair of ACL injuries, Hummel had to prove to the scouts and critics that he was physically prepared for the bigger stage, the NBA. Medical reports were just as important as his on court performances during the Draft Combine.
And after his hard work and determination in proving that he is ready to compete in the biggest stage, the Timberwolves decidd to pick him up as the 58th overall selection.