Iman Shumpert? Who the heck is Iman Shumpert?
That was the reaction from Knicks fans in the Newark crowd, and the average New Yorker alike, when New York made the 17th selection last week.
"When the Knicks' first-round pick, Georgia Tech's Iman Shumpert, was announced, there were indeed boos, and ESPN immediately went to Noted Draft Expert Spike Lee, who admitted he had no idea who Shumpert was." (nymag.com)
It might be a good omen. Landry Fields was booed last year and Spike didn't know who he was either.
But those following the mocks in the weeks leading up to the draft knew who Shumpert was. Shumpert was climbing the charts.
It is still a surprise the Knicks picked him, though. But it's a good pick. Shumpert is going to make it – and it isn't just because of his skills, as you'll see. He’s got a good head and work ethic. I believe that is going to make the difference for him.
As for Kentucky center Josh Harrellson, who the Knicks' took at No. 45, well, we'll all have to see. The odds, and the pundits, are against it.