What Will the Timberwolves Do With the 9th Pick?

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Representing the Timberwolves at the 2013 NBA Draft Lottery was Kevin Love, carrying a Ricky Rubio #9 action figure as his lucky charm. However, the Wolves failed to beat the slim odds of moving up and officially own the 9th overall selection in the upcoming 2013 NBA Draft. The news came as no shocker given that Minnesota only had about a 6% chance of moving up into the top 3, while having almost an 82% chance of staying put at their original position.

With new management taking over – led by former Timberwolves president and coach Flip Saunders – it will be imperative for the new boss to make his mark by erasing the infamous legacy of poor drafting left behind by David Kahn. While Saunders has discussed in the media that he is open to discussing trades for the 9th and 26th selections – whether to move up in the draft or to acquire a veteran – it remains to be seen what Minnesota’s course of action will be under the new regime.

Barring any serious injuries, the Timberwolves expect to have a fully healthy roster by the time training camp arrives. With the probable starting lineup of Rubio-Ridnour-Kirilenko-Love-Pekovic returning, the glaring need for a shooting guard will be the top priority to be addressed either through the draft or in free agency. [Read more...]

Timberpups 2013 NBA Mock Draft 2.0 with Pick Analysis

Here’s the Timberpups 2013 NBA Mock Draft 2.0. I’ve taken into consideration teams drafting based on what I believe to be there needs versus the top prospects on the board. Please feel free to leave your feedback; I would love to hear any agreements, or more importantly, disagreements. I will be updating this mock draft monthly, so don’t forget to check and see what the latest Timberpups draft looks like. Thanks!

Timberwolves Select Robbie Hummel With Sole Draft Pick

After trading away their only first round selection for the likes of former Houston Rocket Chase Budinger, the Minnesota Timberwolves used their sole second round choice on Purdue standout Robbie Hummel. During his impressive tenure for the Boilermakers, Hummel gained notice after helping his team to reach back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances in his first two years at the school. In the midst of an impressive junior campaign, Hummel tore his right ACL which subsequently put a damper on their national championship aspirations. During his comeback from his injury, Hummel re-tore the same ACL, putting the future of his basketball career in serious jeopardy. However, he worked tremendously hard and enjoyed his best season of his college tenure this past season, averaging career highs in points, 16.3, and rebounds, 7.1, while shooting an impressive 38% from beyond the arc. The 6’9″, 212 pound small forward is a proven winner and is a sharpshooter when left open, making him a potential steal in the second round.

How Hummel immediately fits in with the Wolves is relatively unknown, as the Pups will explore many different avenues via free agency and trades in order to fill their need for perimeter scoring. However, with not many players currently under contract, Hummel may end up being a role player as soon as this season. He brings a winner’s attitude and undeniable work ethic, and was an inspiration to his teammates at Purdue after coming back to form from back-to-back ACL tears. One has to think that head coach Rick Adelman is calling the player personnel shots at this point, as the acquisition of Budinger and drafting of Hummel seem to reflect Adelman’s philosophy of what he wants in a player. While neither player is overgifted, both could serve enormous importance to the team going forward and seem to be the right fits for our offensive system.

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