Essentially, Robinson was selected before the Wolves acquired Andrew Wiggins and, due to the emergence--and improved play--of Shabazz Muhammad, became merely added insurance on the depth chart at the small forward position. With Anthony Bennett and Robbie Hummel sidelined for an undetermined length of time, in addition to Nikola Pekovic and his ongoing struggle with injuries, Hamilton brings size and depth at the 4 and 5 positions.
Flip Saunders will now rotate Adreian Payne, Gorgui Dieng, an effective--but limited--Kevin Garnett and Hamilton against opposing bigs for the remainder of the season. Pekovic will also continue to play but may be placed on a limit restriction; his status is, let's call it, less than predictable.
Included in the aforementioned post were some of Hamilton's statistics from his days at Louisiana State University, in the D-League and with the Miami Heat. Here are those numbers.
Hamilton earned second-team All-SEC honors while leading LSU in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots. He left college with one year of eligibility remaining and was selected 45th overall in the 2012 NBA draft by the Philadelphia 76ers. Shortly thereafter, he was traded to the Miami Heat for the rights of Arnett Moultrie.
A Prospect Profile on NBA.com lists Hamilton's strengths and weaknesses.
Worth noting: The NBA.com/stats page has no record of Hamilton.
If you're looking him up, just head to Basketball-Reference.
- Inside-outside offensive game
- Moves well
- Effective high-post passer
- Good free-throw shooter
- Has to get stronger
- Needs to become more consistent
Hamilton started in 39 games with the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA D-League in 2013-14. He started in all of his 39 appearances and in that time averaged 19.2 points, 9.3 rebounds and 35.6 minutes per game. Hamilton played in only 24 games (five starts) this season with the Miami Heat, averaging 2.8 points and 2.0 rebounds in 12.0 minutes per game.
Here are some compilations (offensive, defensive) that offer a look at what Hamilton may bring to the Timberwolves.
Shouts to Dakota Schmidt for sending these over the Twitterverse. Give him a follow. And, hey, if you're ever in need of any D-League film compilations, look no further. Dakota is your guy. He's been doing these for a few years now.