Tuesday, July 22, 2014

T-Wolves Re-Sign Robbie Hummel To One Year Deal


The Timberwolves signed Robbie Hummel to a one year 900,000 contract yesterday. A somewhat versatile forward given the fact he can play either the 3 or 4, Hummel provides the team with an adequate three point shooter who can stretch the floor. Even better about his game – he rarely turns the ball over.

In the 655 minutes he played last year, he turned the ball over only 10 times. As stated by Dan Feldman of Pro Basketball Talk, his 5.2% Turnover Percentage was the second lowest Turnover Percentage in the league, behind only Ryan Anderson.

As odd of a compliment as this is going to sound – but Hummel has this great ability to just not screw up badly. His ability to hit three pointers at a decent rate (36%) while also not making mistakes that lead to points for the opposition is what’s keeping him in the league.

Signing Hummel does raise concerns about the development of Glenn Robinson III. But at the moment, who knows if there will be any GRIII development on the T-Wolves. From Doogie:




With the signing of Hummel, the Wolves will have 14 players signed under guaranteed contracts for the upcoming season.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Wally's World Of Chaos

As a basketball nerd I have a spent an unhealthy amount of time on the new website nyloncalculus.com. Why, other than because of its cool name? BECAUSE IT HAS SHOT CHARTS FOR EVERY PLAYER THAT HAS BEEN IN THE LEAGUE SINCE 1996 UP UNTIL NOW!

Want to see where Kevin Garnett shot in 1997? Here you go thanks to nylon calculus.



Anyway, as I was perusing the site, I stumbled upon a shot chart that caused me to wonder in amazement.

It belongs to Wally Szczerbiak from his 2003 campaign. Now, obviously if you recall the 2003-2004 season, while a great year for the Wolves (the greatest actually in franchise history), it was an injury plagued season for Wally World as he only appeared in 28 total regular season games. And of those games, he started zero and played only 22 minutes a game. That said, despite the small sample size during a season in which he attempted a mere 236 shots, the locations in which he took those 236 shots showcase no rhyme or reason in his shot selection.



Sure, one could argue he kinda favored the left side more than the right side, but in reality, it appears Wally, as usual, was stuck in his own world - chucking shots when he wanted and wherever he wanted.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Waitergate: The Cavs (Possibly) Have Their Own Deep Throat By The Name Of ‘Cavs insight’

Ok, so before I begin, let me say the following: I only made this blog post for the Watergate play on words in the headline involving Dion Waiters. You guys have no idea how proud of myself I am for it (sad I know, but such is a life I live).

Anyway over at the CavFanatic forums, a poster going by the name of  ‘Cavs insight’ had the following to say in a thread about Kevin Love (click the screen shot to read it):


Obviously, this being the Internet and all, I don’t think this is true. Even if the trade happens and it is Love for Wiggins, I don’t think ‘Cavs insight’ pulled a Snowden by leaking information. Now you every right to take what ‘Cavs insight’ said to heart, but I suggest taking it with a big grain of salt, and then finishing off that grain of salt with a big gulp of salt water.

That said, if we come to learn that someone in the Cavs front office gets fired and that person also previously worked for the Pelicans… well then maybe ‘Cavs insight’ is as insightful as he says he is.

Friday, July 11, 2014

A Letter To the Cleveland Cavaliers

Dear Cleveland Cavaliers,

Hi, congrats on landing the greatest basketball player in the world today, that doesn’t happen very often for most teams.

Anyway, so hey, now with Kyrie and LeBron, you guys are one super star away from having your very own Big Three. So I was thinking, the Timberwolves have their very own disgruntled super star by the name of Kevin Love. Meanwhile, you guys have this ultra talented kid by the name of Andrew Wiggins. The first overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, if my facts are correct.

Do you see where I’m going with this?

It would benefit everybody to swap Kevin Love for Andrew Wiggins. I don’t know how it would line up contractually, but throw in a vet guy with a big contract and the only person you would have to give up is Wiggins. Keep Waiters and Thompson. AND FOR PETE SAKES KEEP ANTHONY BENNET OFF A BASKETBALL COURT (jk lol you guys, if you want to throw him in you can. I’d be more than happy enough to take a flyer on him).

Now picks would be a sweet cherry on top, but hey, I’m a nice down on his luck T-Wolves fan looking for any glimmer of hope I can get. And Andrew Wiggins would provide this franchise with its biggest glimmer of hope yet (or at least since Ricky Rubio came over).

In conclusion, I think it's a deal you should really think about. Remember it would be benefit everybody.  

Sincerely,

timberwolvesbball.blogspot.com

P.S.

Flip, if you somehow wind up reading this (which is highly unlikely I know), and you trade K-Love to the Cavs without getting Wiggins back. I swear… I won’t even. This will be my reaction:


Monday, July 7, 2014

T-Wolves Summer League 2014

The following players will be apart of the T-Wolves Summer League team:

1
Alexey Shved
G
6'6''
182
Minnesota Timberwolves
2
3
Brady Heslip
G
6'2''
180
Baylor
R
4
D.J. Kennedy
G
6'6''
215
Hapoel Holon (Israel)
1
5
Gorgui Dieng
F/C
6'11''
245
Minnesota Timberwolves
1
7
Markel Starks
G
6'2''
175
Georgetown
R
8
Zach LaVine
G
6'5''
180
UCLA
R
15
Shabazz Muhammad
G/F
6'6''
222
UCLA
1
22
Glenn Robinson III
F
6'6''
220
Michigan
R
24
Mamadi Diane
F
6'5''
205
Boulogne (France)
R
25
Jordan Morgan
C
6'8''
250
Minnesota Timberwolves
R
30
LaRon Dendy
F
6'9''
230
Ferro-ZNTU (Ukraine)
R
31
Dennis Horner
F
6'9''
230
Bakersfield Jam (NBDL)
1
44
Kyrylo Fesenko
C
7'1''
280
Canton Charge (NBDL)
5

Obviously, the names that stick out are Gorgui Dieng, Shabazz Muhammad, Zach LaVine, Glenn Robinson III and Alexey Shved. The summer league should play a key role in their development as players, and in the case of Alexey Shved, could be a deciding factor as whether or not he is still a salvageable player in the league.  Not trying to sound harsh, but his career might be on the brink of heading back to Russia.


Play begins on July 12th vs. the Dallas Mavericks at 5:30 p.m. and continues on July 13th vs. the Washington Wizards at 9:30 p.m. and then on July 15th vs. the Chicago Bulls at 3:30 p.m. As like last year, the Las Vegas Summer League will include a seeded tournament, with the first three games listed above acting as preliminary round games. As part of Summer League, The T-Wolves are guaranteed five games, so the next two games they play will be determined based on how they perform in the first three.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Timberwolves (sort of) Draft Profile: Zach LaVine

With the NBA Draft on the horizon TODAY, it is time to take a look at who the T-Wolves could select. Leading up to the event we will be doing prospect profiles on potential players the Wolves could end up taking with the 13th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. Today, in what is our last 2014 Draft Profile piece, we are taking a look at Zach LaVine out of UCLA. 


This is going to be a very quick Draft Profile* piece on Zach LaVine since the actual NBA Draft is in a few hours, and I’m going to be at Target Center watching it there, because like Kanye West, “my life is dope and I do dope sh*t” (except not really).

As so many have said, basically LaVine is a really raw player in the draft. He has the athleticism to be a superstar. Essentially he is a boom or bust guy.

And given where the T-Wolves are (looking to rebuild), you can afford to take a flyer on a boom or bust guy with the 13th pick. You can afford to screw up 13th overall picks – you can’t afford to screw up 2nd, 4th and 6th overall picks (hi Derrick Williams, Wes Johnson and Jonny Flynn). I wouldn’t be opposed to drafting LaVine, and would totally understand the draft pick. I just hope he booms.

Of the six draft profiles I have done here are the rankings:

1. Kyle Anderson
2. Garry Harris
3. Zach LaVine
4. Tyler Ennis
5. Adreian Payne
6. Rodney Hood

The top three I WANT. Like real bad. Ennis and Payne I am not as thrilled about, but I would understand the selection, and if we draft Rodney Hood my reaction will be the following:


See here is to tonight T-Wolves fans. Let’s see what happens. Til then, I’ll leave you with highlights of LaVine dunking. (HOW'S HE MAKE IT LOOK SO EASY TO DUNK BETWEEN YOUR LEGS?!?!?!?)



*I apparently use the term “Draft Profile” loosely if this counts a “Draft Profile”.