After all, Hummel's career could have ended in Minnesota back in February 2010 when he suffered the first of two torn ACL injuries.
Hummel's second ACL injury was sustained during practice in what was supposed to be his senior year in October 2010. He was forced to redshirt and serve as an assistant for the 2010-2011 season, again putting his career in jeopardy.
But the 6'8" small forward returned for the 2011-2012 season showing no effects from the prior injuries, averaging a career-high 16.4 PPG, 7.2 RPG and 1.2 BPG.
While he did post lower than usual shooting percentages, Hummel made up for it with his high motor and passion on the court.
Hummel will join a Timberwolves squad that finished 26-40 this past season, failing to reach the playoffs for the eighth consecutive season.
Minnesota is in need of a passionate player and scorer, as the next leading scorer after Kevin Love—who averaged 26 PPG—was Nikola Pekovic, at 13.9 PPG.
My fellow B/R Featured Columnist Sim Risso also likes the T-Wolves' selection of Hummel with the No. 58 pick, writing,
Considering where he was drafted, there's nothing but upside for Minnesota. If he was a top pick in the draft and got hurt, it would set Minnesota back a great deal. But at this point, both Hummel and the Timberwolves have nothing to lose.
It's not often that you get a small forward who can not only shoot and pass, but can defend and will stop at nothing to assure victory for his team.
Clearly, the Timberwolves' brass knew what they were getting when they drafted Hummel, and I hope it pays off for the both of them.
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