Since he was drafted 17th overall back in the 2011 NBA Draft, there has been a lot of excitement over the New York Knicks’ Iman Shumpert.
Well at least among Knicks fans and the rest of the league that is.
For reasons unknown, the Knicks organization isn’t very high on the 23 year-old from Georgia Tech. Check out these two snippets from Chris Herring’s article in the Wall Street Journal from last month.
“The Knicks’ handling of their best two-way player raises a question: Why does the organization—one that lacks the kind of young, developing talent that some other NBA teams enjoy—often seem lukewarm on Shumpert?”
“Shumpert’s a favorite among Knicks fans, but there’s a growing sense that, for whatever reason, he isn’t always held in the same esteem by the team’s front office. He started every game he played in last season, and he improved his range, shooting 40% on three-pointers—a considerable jump from the 30% a season earlier.”
Shumpert – in his third year – is already one of the league’s best perimeter defenders, and as Herring points out, is a much improved three-point shooter. But despite these facts, the Knicks just don’t seem that impressed.
As such, Shumpert has often found himself among trade rumors. The latest of these rumors comes from the New York Daily News’ Frank Isola.
“J.R. Smith is back — for better or worse — and his presence in the lineup will take some of the scoring burden off Carmelo Anthony and possibly push Iman Shumpert closer to the exit.”
Isola offers a possible trade that sends Shumpert to Denver for the Nuggets’ Kenneth Faried, who himself has been mentioned in trade rumors.
“A more plausible scenario is moving Shumpert for Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried, especially when you factor in the health of Amar’e Stoudemire and Kenyon Martin. Plus, the Knicks believe they have insurance in the backcourt with rookie Tim Hardaway Jr.”
Faried is a nice player, but it isn’t worth giving up Shumpert – the team’s best young player – to get him.
Whether it’s in New York or not, it should be interesting to see what the future holds for Shumpert.