(Big C) It might be one game but I like what I saw from the Knicks’ new rookie Iman Shupert. We have seen his YouTube highlights and heard about his hard work at the Knicks training camp. Fans and critics finally got a chance see him on the court. A lot of players only look good on highlights and never bring that performance to an actual NBA game.
So far Shumpert looks like he can be a decent NBA player. Last night when Shumpert was put into the game he started off playing good help defense and man-to-man defense. He even got a steal from Deron Williams that lead to a fastbreak for an easy basketball.
On offense Iman Shumpert showed that he has a nice jumpshot in the midrange area as well as from the 3. What was more impressing was his calm demeanor and shot selection. In the game vs the Nets Shumpert took shots in rhythm coming off picks and isolating his man off the dribble. Many rookie players either rush shots or are trying to do too much to impress the crowd. So far that does not look like Iman’s thinking. Iman had a chance to throw the ball down and dunk the ball to showboat after he stole the ball from Deron Williams but he decided to lay it up for 2 points.
Fans already knew Shumpert was a defensive player based on how he played in college. However, in college Shumpert was labeled as a terrible shooter. In the NBA he will have a chance to prove doubters wrong. He will have opportunities to show he has enough range to not only shoot from 10 feet out but also from the 3 point range.
In college Shumpert would get double teamed and he would also have to shoot against opponents’ zone defenses and traps. Now that Shumpert is on the Knicks, alongside Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony, he will not be the focal point of the offense. Shumpert is bound to get more chances to shoot because he will either be open for the shot or he will get one-on-one coverage by his defender.
As time goes on I would like to see Shumpert develop in the following ways:
- be able to fight over picks
- improve on his dribble by keeping his dribble low and attack the basket instead of hesitating
- remain confident and keep up his aggression.
It’s just one game, but so far it’s a good pickup by the Knicks. We will see how this rookie improves as the season goes on.
Iman Shumpert Highlights vs Nets
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