2011 NBA Draft Results: Iman Shumpert Has New York Knick Fans Booing Again
Knicks Disappoint Fans Again, Draft Iman Shumpert At No. 17
I just don't get it.
The New York Knicks had a need at power forward/center, and key defenders like Kenneth Faried and Chris Singleton were available. Instead, team management once again drafted the opposite of what was needed and selected Georgia Tech Guard Iman Shumpert at No. 17.
This is the latest in a pattern of mistakes that the Knicks have made on Draft night. Shumpert is a solid defensive guard who averaged close to three steals and six rebounds per game last season for the Yellow Jackets, but his shot selection is very questionable despite his 17.3 points average.
He'll have a good mentor in Chauncey Billups, but he is still a big risk in Mike D'Antoni's system. The team's style of play relies a lot on teamwork and effective shot selection, and those are two departments in which the immature Shumpert needs a lot of work.
He could become an effective presence with time, but Knicks fans are impatient. Unless he starts producing immediately and effectively, Shumpert will forever be the subject of fans' groans at the Garden.
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