The Minnesota Timberwolves have been mostly panned for their selection of Robbie Hummel in the second round of the 2012 NBA Draft. Fans of the Boilermakers, however, are more than pleased with the pick. Hummel had a brilliant, if injury plagued, four year career in West Lafayette, and the irony of him getting selected by Minnesota was not lost on Purdue fans. After all, it was in Minnesota against the Golden Gophers that he sustained his first ACL tear, and his second happened when the Golden Gopher football team was in West Lafayette during the 2010 season.
SB Nation's Hammer & Rails is still more than overjoyed that a favorite son is going to get his shot:
One area that Minnesota needs help in is 3-point shooting. They were ranked 23rd in the league in 3pt percentage at 33.2%, and attempted 26.1 3pt shots per game while only hitting 7.2 of those shots. That's nothing impressive, least to say. Now they have a guy who in college shot almost 40% his senior year from behind the arc (.383) and 82% from the foul line. Coaches love having guys who can hit their gimme shots.
Robbie is coming into one of the younger teams in the league that is finally showing some promise and, with the right pieces and circumstances, could make it into the playoffs in the next few years. Right pieces meaning K-Love & Rubio stay while they get rid of Beasley and hope that Derrick Williams turns out to be a legit NBA forward and circumstances being the Lakers & Mavericks age start to catch up with them, leaving some playoff spots up for grabs.
Anyway, with all this being said Robbie is basically going to be asked one thing: shoot. Look for Robbie to be coming in as the 10th or 11th man off the bench as of now and to come in at shooting situations or when there is a blowout. This is a good fit for Robbie. Whenever he comes off the bench people will expect him to just shoot. This is where Hummel has the opportunity that he is capable of so much more than just that.