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7 Improvements Iman Shumpert Must Make to Blossom into a Star for the Knicks
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If not for Jeremy Lin hogging all the headlines, Iman Shumpert's emergence as a budding star would've been the biggest surprise of the 2011-12 NBA season for the New York Knicks.

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.

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