Hummel builds towards future

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Two years removed from being drafted with the 58th pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, Robbie Hummel recently wrapped up his rookie season and is already looking forward to year number two.

“At the end of the season, I was shooting the ball really well. I was playing well, getting meaningful minutes against teams like the Heat and the Spurs,” said Hummel. “So, I’m looking forward to kind of carrying that over into the second year whether that is in Minneapolis or somewhere else. I’m not sure yet, but I’m excited for that and I’m really looking forward to it.”

In 53 games for Minnesota, Hummel averaged 3.4 points and 2.5 rebounds per game while shooting 38 percent from the field. All of which are numbers that Hummel sees improving in his second season.

“You know, I didn’t shoot the ball great. I ended up close to 40 percent from the field and almost 40 percent from the three point line as well,” said Hummel. “But I defended really well and I rebounded really well, and those are two things that I think people questioned if I could do that. I know I’m going to shoot the ball better, but the fact that I proved I can do other things was really important to me.”

Hummel is a restricted free agent this summer, meaning the Timberwolves can match any offer he receives from another team. Needless to say, it will be another interesting twist to his NBA career.

“It would be nice to have more long term security. But it is, what it is,” said Hummel. “A lot of guys before me have done it. Brian Cardinal is a great example. It is what it is, and my agent is very optimistic about free agency, and he thinks that we are going to get something done.”

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