Knicks: Should Iman Shumpert Start at Point Guard?

Jason RadowitzContributor IIIJanuary 7, 2012

After last night's defeat against the winless Wizards, AP has reported that Iman Shumpert will continue to come off the bench.

Toney Douglas saw just 12 minutes of action and was 0-5 shooting. Shumpert played phenomenally well and started the second half of the game. He put up 10 points and seven assists in a season-high 37 minutes. He also brought his defense on the court as well, as he had a team-high five steals.

Toney Douglas has had his ups and downs during his career, but he can be very careless with the ball at times and lose leads very quickly. He's more of a shooting guard than point guard anyway.

Shumpert proved he can dish the ball, play defense and score buckets when needed, so coach Mike D'Antoni needs to switch his starting lineup up before the Knicks lose more games with Douglas on the court.

Also, Iman statistically has better shooting numbers than Douglas. Shumpert is shooting .382 from the field and even better, .417 from long range. Douglas, on the other hand, is shooting horrendous at .340 from the field, even worse, .275 from downtown.

In the second half of last season, Douglas led the NBA in three-pointers, but this year, he is a simply not making them.

Shumpert has come in as a rookie and really impressed all Knicks fans. By now, he deserves to start and play over 35 minutes like he did last night against the Wizards.

However, D'Antoni hinted after the game that he needs Shumpert's offense off the bench.

But coach, if you want your stars to shine, Shumpert is the only way to go—at least until Baron Davis is healthy.