Robbie Hummel to Timberwolves: Scouting Report, Video Highlights and Analysis
Robbie Hummel is coming off his fifth year with the Purdue Boilermakers which saw him come back from a torn ACL injury that derailed his 2010-11 season.
During his time at Purdue, Hummel turned the Boilermakers back into a competitor for the Big Ten Championship, helping them win the conference tournament in 2009 and the regular-season championship in 2010.
What Hummel Brings to the Team
Hummel was used primarily as a three-point specialist in his freshman year at Purdue, but as the team needed him more and more in the interior, they stopped setting up shots for him on the outside and relied more on his mid-range shot.
He continued to shoot respectably from three-point range during his career, and beyond his sharp-shooting abilities, Hummel is a great leader and a guy who has grown into his height over the past five years, really putting some meat on his frame.
His defense is going to be lax at the next level, however, and it remains to be seen whether or not he'll be able to score with contact in the lane.
At the very least he's a respectable shooter from the perimeter, which could spread out and frustrate the defense.
What Experts are Saying
With a closer look at his scoring ability, Walker Beeken of DraftExpress.com explains how Hummel has continued to shoot well, even with an increased role in the offense:
He's shooting a solid 39% from 3-point range so far this season, fairly consistent with his previous years. This is impressive considering his increase in attempts and the higher degree of difficulty as the team's primary scorer. He has a quick release and a high release point, allowing him to get off of his shot without needing much space, whether spotting up or running off screens.
Impact as a Rookie
His first year in the league will probably be a struggle. He's not fast, he's not the best of ball-handlers and he won't be able to defend the bigger boys in the NBA at all.
However, if he starts hitting his outside shots as the months go along, Hummel should see his playing time increase.
Minnesota landing Robbie Hummel means the addition of another big man alongside Kevin Love who's an above average passer with a high basketball IQ. Like Love, Hummel is also a versatile big man at 6'9 who has the ability to penetrate or float out to the outside for the jump shot.
There are definite concerns over his overall agility. But what he lacks in athleticism he makes up for terrific decision-making, both with and without the ball.
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