So, the Knicks Drafted Georgia Tech's Iman Shumpert in Round One: Now What?
I knew in my heart that Jimmer Fredette wouldn't stick around until pick No. 17, and that the Knicks wouldn't trade up.
Now, I can only hope Jimmer pulls a J.J. Redick (J.J. I really did love you as a CameronCrazy, but let's face it—you're no superstar down in Orlando) and flops in Sac-Town. At least he's with dreamboat Omri Casspi now, but I digress.
Right, so Iman Shumpert is now in the Big Apple. What does this mean for the Knicks?
Personally, I'm not a fan of this pick.
I wasn't expecting Shumpert to be picked before the middle of the second round, and I really wasn't expecting a point guard first.
The Timberwolves were taking a look at him, too—I wonder if they're upset or relieved to get him off of their hands.
Maybe New York did it as a birthday present for the kid—Shumpert turns the big 2-1 on Sunday.
Last season, the Knicks were really lacking in rebounds (they're one of the worst rebounding teams in the league, in case you forgot) and defense.
They need someone big, someone to get the ball back to their leading men.
With Nikola Vucevic and Markieff Morris off the board, I was hoping for a player along the lines of Tristan Thompson (Texas) or Festus Ezeli (Vanderbilt).
Shumpert does have some height that the Knicks do need if they ever want to get the ball on their side of the court in the upcoming season. He doesn't have a characteristic build of a player of his position.
At 6'6", he has the frame of a shooting guard.
But he plays a position that isn't meant to attack the boards.
Naturally, as a point guard, Shumpert averaged under five rebounds per game for his career.
I believe that Shumpert is going to back up Chauncey Billups a lot of the time, especially since his college stats don't show an incredible ability to shoot. His field goal percentage was very average in college.
Shumpert doesn't really do anything for me, personally.
He's a raw risk, but I guess we'll have to see how the Knicks play him. He's still young and definitely has potential with a little training under his belt.
Now that round one is over for New York, will I continue to tune in to the draft?
I still want a solid big guy to come to The Big Apple and bang the boards.
Am I going to be really excited when it's over and I can go back to caring about nothing but baseball until the close of summer? Absolutely.
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