The 6'5" guard out of Georgia Tech spent much of his rookie season shuttling between the starting lineup and the bench as Mike D'Antoni attempted to determine by trial-and-error at which position he'd be most valuable to the team. That internal debate came to a rather swift conclusion once Mike Woodson took over on the bench and installed Shumpert as the Knicks' 2-guard of choice.
Shumpert's game flourished as a result. He put together a pair of 25-point performances shortly thereafter and established himself as a potential stopper on the defensive end.
Then, to the dismay of Knicks fans everywhere, Shumpert pulled up lame with a torn ACL in Game 1 of New York's first-round playoff series against the Miami Heat. Shumpert's injury proved devastating, as the Knicks fell in five games, though for reasons that extend far beyond the absence of a single precocious youngster.
Still, the future is bright for Shump. He has plenty on which to work if he's to become a true standout at Madison Square Garden, though he'd do well to start with these seven improvements.