Shumpert is still adjusting to NBA ball after returning from injury.
Last 5 Games: 4.2 PPG 2.0 RPG 1.8 APG
Iman Shumpert's recovery from knee surgery isn't going as smoothly as he'd hoped.
The second-year man was chomping at the bite to return to action after missing the first 10 weeks of the season, but is suffering through the most discouraging play of his young career.
It's clear that Shump's body hasn't caught up with his high hopes just yet, which is to be expected after so much time away from NBA ball. At the very least though, Shumpert was expected to contribute lock-down perimeter defense like we saw from him during his rookie year. In 12 games this season, however, it's been a struggle on both ends.
Shumpert is a player whose game is predicated primarily on athleticism, so without being able to jump out of the gym or keep up with the league's quickest guards, he's struggling to find his place on the court.
He has improved his three-point shooting, however. He's 12-of-29 (.414) from beyond the arc—vastly improved from his .306 mark as a rookie.
A combination of the Knicks' frustration with Shumpert and league-wide interest has led to various trade rumors surfacing in recent days, namely one sending him off to the Phoenix Suns.
Knicks coach Mike Woodson may have given the 21 year old the bode of confidence he needed Tuesday, when he told Stephen A. Smith on ESPN Radio 98.7 in New York that Shumpert will not be traded at or before the deadline.
Hopefully it'll give Shumpert the spark he needs to return to the form that stole Knicks fans' hearts just a year ago.
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