Robbie Hummel Showing Improvement in Las Vegas

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

Robbie Hummel was the Minnesota Timberwolves’ second-round pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. His career has always been tagged with injuries, but, if Hummel can stay healthy it’s easy to envision him as a fan-favorite to fans at Target Center. Hummel graduated from Purdue and is the only Boilermaker to reach 1,700 points, 850 steals, 250 assists, 125 steals and 100 blocks in his career. He left campus in West Layafette, Indiana with a graduate of Business Management and as a three-time Academic All Big Ten honoree. Hummel also volunteered locally in efforts that promoted and emphasized the importance of literacy in elementary schools. Fans in Minnesota seemingly love their ‘high character,’ smart and charismatic athletes who remain active away from the game and with the community and Robbie Hummel fits that bill.

Hummel is an experienced player and a scholar of the game. His coordination and understanding of floor-spacing are two valuable facets of his game. Hummel stays active on offense, setting screens and finding position on the perimeter. The skill that has the best chance at making him a household name is shooting and through the first two Las Vegas Summer League games, Hummel was the Wolves’ sniper. He accumulated 30 points, shooting 65% from the field and 60% from behind the arc. He’s also grabbed 11 rebounds and two steals. Saturday against the D-League Selects, he scored 12 points, tallied six boards and swiped three steals in addition to shooting 55% from the field but Monday’s meeting with the Phoenix Suns was an even better showing. Hummel scored 18 on six of eight shooting from the field, a perfect two for two from distance and four for five from the free-throw line.

The Wolves defeated the Miami Heat Tuesday, 80-71, their first win in Vegas. Hummel’s performance was dismal. Despite grabbing seven-boards, he only scored three-points after hitting one of five from the field and only one of his two free-throws. Clearly the Heat coaching staff had done their scouting and placed heavy emphasis on limiting Hummel’s looks and making the shots he was able to shoot, difficult.

Hummel is 6’8”-215lbs and has a stocky build allowing him to set successful screens. Because of his lack of speed, these are the type of plays are things Hummel must do to further his development as an NBA Player.

“I think he’s probably going to be more of a small-forward than a power-forward but I think he can play the power-forward because of how smart he is.” – Flip Saunders.

Hummel has now started his campaign to join the Wolves’ 15-man roster and he has my, among many others, votes to do so.