Robbie Hummel to Play In Spain

Robbie Hummel has signed a contract to play with the Spanish club El Obradoiro for this upcoming season. Hummel, the Wolves sole selection in the 2012 NBA Draft, spent time recovering from back-to-back ACL tears in his right knee for nearly half of his tenure at Purdue.

Despite averaging career highs in points (16.4) and rebounds (7.2) this past season, Hummel never felt 100% healthy and could use a season of good health before making the rigorous transition to the NBA. The Timberwolves have given Hummel the thumbs up to spend the coming season overseas as he would have likely had an extremely limited role on the Timberwolves for the 2012-13 season. Hummel, the 58th overall pick, would have sat behind Andrei Kirilenko, Chase Budinger, and Dante Cunningham at SF.


  1. John says

    Good, smart move by Hummel to go play and gain experience in Europe.

    This brings up a lot of old thoughts about “what’s the point of the NBA D-League?” though.

  2. Big Al says

    Ya, unfortunately there is a big drop off in play from the Spanish league to the D League. Also, big difference in pay.

  3. John says

    Your latter point is one of my biggest annoyances of the D-League. At least close the gap a little bit so that these kids can stay in the US and you’ll be able to work with them much more easily. They won’t be able to pay the premium numbers that some of the ex-NBA players have received.

    However, there should be a much better structure in place for the young guys that need more grooming coming out of college AND the HS players that couldn’t or don’t want to go to college.

    There are 16 teams in the D League already (a perfect number) to get this right. You allocate each D League team to two NBA teams, then figure out the one or two that make sense to split even more (California teams, Texas teams?). Then you have the ability to work with or help pick a coaching staff and those staff members are on the exact same wavelength on what those players need to do to improve (within the game itself, but also the lifestyle, etc.).


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