Timberwolves Summer League Game 4 Recap

Shabazz Muhammad, Timberwolves

Shabazz had not been lighting up the Summer League
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In the preliminary play, the Timberwolves went 1-2 in Las Vegas, good enough for the 13 seed in the tournament that commenced Wednesday.  Their opening round opponent tonight was the Sacramento Kings, which affords me the opportunity to hone in on Ben McLemore’s play (the guy I was really hoping the Wolves would land coming out of last month’s draft).

David Adelman sent out the following starting lineup for Wednesday’s game: Kee Kee Clark, Othyus Jeffers, Shabazz Muhammad, Robbie Hummel, and Chris Johnson.  The starting frontcourt has been relatively consistent thus far in the tournament, while the backcourt continues to shift around.

With half of the first quarter in the books, both teams remained in single digits on the scoreboard.  Maybe they were too tense for the start of the game due to the new bracket format?  Maybe it was the three games in three days?  Perhaps it is just too much time in Las Vegas.  We’ll never know, but what I do know is that the first quarter wasn’t too enjoyable.

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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.

Timberwolves Summer League Game 3 Recap

(Younger) Coach Adelman coaches the Timberwolves to a 1-2 start in Summer League

(Younger) Coach Adelman coaches the Timberwolves to a 1-2 start in Summer League

After a heartbreaking tough loss on Monday to the Suns, the Timberwolves turned right back around Tuesday to face the Miami Heat.  As should be expected for Summer League, David Adelman threw out a new starting lineup for the game, going with John Holland, Demetri McCamey, Shabazz Muhammad, Robbie Hummel, and Chris Johnson.

We have a new broadcast booth for today’s game and I wasn’t too excited about it.  While I enjoy Joel Meyers, he was partnering with someone that I loathe.  The analyst for today’s broadcast is none other than Isiah Thomas; one of the more despicable men in the world.  Sorry, but I’m not holding back here.  I have no idea why NBA TV hired Thomas, or why anyone else would across the league … for ANY position.  Please go away for good!  (Steps off pedestal)

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Timberwolves Summer League Game 2 Recap

Have at it Robbie! (Photo Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea, US PRESSWIRE)

Have at it Robbie!
(Photo Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea, US PRESSWIRE)

Game 2 from Las Vegas had the Timberwolves facing the Phoenix Suns.  Unfortunately, the game was not covered live on NBA TV and we are relying on the Summer League app and the Nexus for this recap.

The Wolves opened up with a different lineup this evening, with Lorenzo Brown, Shabazz Muhammad, Robbie Hummel, Mychel Thompson, and Chris Johnson.  The Suns opened up with a pretty intriguing Summer League starting five with the Morris twins, Kendall Marshall, Archie Goodwin, and PJ Tucker.

The Wolves started the game hot from beyond the arc, hitting 6 of their first 8 attempts, and opening up a 23-10 lead that forced the Suns to take a timeout.  This included one from Shabazz, and two apiece from Hummel and Demetri McCamey.  The good times kept rolling through the first quarter and shots kept dropping for the Timberwolves, who took a 32-14 lead into the second quarter.

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Timberwolves Summer League Game 1 Recap

Shabazz Muhammad and Gorgui Dieng prepare for Summer League (Photo Credit: John Autey)

Shabazz Muhammad and Gorgui Dieng prepare for Summer League
(Photo Credit: John Autey)

Welcome to the Las Vegas Summer League folks!  We’re joined “live” on the Google Nexus 7 because NBA TV has the Timberwolves game in the 4am-6am timeslot (replacing the Hip Hop Abs infomercial for one week).  The Wolves opened up Summer League playing against the D-League Select team.  Here’s a quick recap of how the team looked and how things progressed in a somewhat surprisingly entertaining evening of basketball.

Steve Smith was the commentator for the game, thereby saving me a handful of whiny, complaining tweets about Reggie Miller.  Thankfully.  The Timberwolves starting five consisted of Kee Kee Clark, Shabazz Muhammad, Robbie Hummel, Chris Johnson, and Gorgui Dieng.  The production team must be ironing out the wrinkles as well, as they had Gorgui Dieng playing shooting guard when listing out the starting lineups. [Read more...]

Timberwolves Summer League Preview

Sources exclusive to the Timberpups.com team have confirmed the following: the Minnesota Timberwolves will take part in the Las Vegas Summer League that takes place from July 12th – 22nd.  The Timberwolves announced the roster on Monday and here are our participating Pups:

Luke Sikma returns to the Timberwolves Summer League squad.

Luke Sikma returns to the Timberwolves Summer League squad.

Guards:

Marqus Blakely
Lorenzo Brown
Kee Kee Clark
John Holland
Othyus Jeffers
Demitri McCamey
Brandon Paul

Forwards:

Robbie Hummel
Solomon Jones
Shabazz Muhammad
Luke Sikma
Mychel Thompson

Centers:

Gorgui Dieng
Chris Johnson
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Timberwolves September 2012 in Review

Another month gone, and another month closer to the start of the Minnesota Timberwolves 2012-13 season. We began the month of September by analyzing the rumors behind the Timberwolves then-apparent interest in free agent knucklehead Andray Blatche, who ultimately failed to receive a contract offer from Minnesota and ended up signing a deal to play for the Brooklyn Nets.

Along with Blatche, former Sacramento King center Hassan Whiteside received interest from Minnesota and was even flown to Minneapolis for a private workout with the team. However, Whiteside too did not receive a contract offer from the club as Minnesota instead signed veteran PF-C Lou Amundson, who most recently played for Indiana last season. The signing of Amundson spelled the end of contract negotiations between Anthony Tolliver and the Pups, and Tolliver instead signed a veteran minimum deal to play for the Atlanta Hawks.
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