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.


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


Robbie Hummel
Solomon Jones
Shabazz Muhammad
Luke Sikma
Mychel Thompson


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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Robbie Hummel Tears Meniscus: Out 4-6 Weeks

On Tuesday, the Minnesota Timberwolves 2012 second-round draft pick Robbie Hummel underwent successful surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. The procedure was done by Dr. David Altcheck, who previously performed surgery to repair the second of two torn ACLs that Hummel suffered during his time with the Purdue Boilermakers.

Hummel is currently playing overseas in Spain for the Spanish club Obradoiro, and his injury will most likely keep him from playing in the club’s first 2 or 3 games. The 58th overall selection in this summers NBA draft, Hummel has had a tough time staying healthy as he has had 3 surgeries on his right knee in the last 3 years. Although a meniscusal tear will most likely only keep him off the court for 4-6 weeks, it remains unsettling that it is once again his right knee which is causing the 6-foot-8 forward problems.

With the additions of Chase Budinger and Andrei Kirilenko, the Timberwolves appear to be set at SF for the next few seasons, meaning Hummel may not end up providing an impact for Minnesota for a few years to come. However, if the former Purdue standout can find a way onto the Wolves active roster next season, the Timberpups could greatly use his perimeter shooting and leadership.

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.

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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