With the Minnesota Timberwolves only having one pick in the 2012 NBA Draft which was also a very low pick at the 58th spot, the Timberwolves decided to draft forward Robbie Hummel out of Purdue University. Together with the Boilermakers, Hummel would lead the basketball team to the 2012 NCAA tournament where they would fall in the third round to Sacramento Kings‘ #5 overall pick, forward Thomas Robinsom and the Kansas Jayhawks.
In his senior year with Purdue, the young forward would go on to average 16.4 points and 7.2 rebounds per game despite having back-t0-back torn ACLs. Knowing that he is injury prone, his draft stock drastically fell which caused him to be barely drafted by an NBA team. The Timberwolves may have drafted him, but they eventually never signed him.
And so, to begin his professional basketball career, Hummel will be going to Spain sometime this year as he signed a deal with Obradoiro CAB, a club located in in Santiago de Compostela in northwest Spain.
After the Timberwolves have acquired Russian forward and former NBA all around stopper Andrei Kirilenko and most likely keeping second year forward Derrick Williams, last years #2 overall pick, it was clear that Hummel will not have much playing time. Furthermore, the Timberwolves have also signed Chase Budinger who can play both the shooting guard and the small forward spot which we will still have to wait and see how Budinger, who broke out last season with the Houston Rockets.
With the Timberwolves no longer looking to grow young talent and wait for them to develop and hope that they turn out right much like Johnny Flynn, a Timberwolves’ former high draft pick, the Timberwolves showed no interest in signing the player they drafted.