By now, everyone has gotten an idea as to what Knicks' first round selection Iman Shumpert will do on the court. It's clear that he's a defensive-minded guard whom the Knicks are excited can defend multiple positions. There's an aggressive nature to Shumpert's game, as he carries himself with a certain toughness that his new team seems to lack.
His low shooting percentages have been a constant knock on his game. That being said, if you're shooting ability is your biggest problem, that may very well be a positive. A player can always work on and improve his shooting, whereas his defensive skills and fundamental instincts may be more difficult to build upon if he were lacking them. Practice makes perfect, and Shumpert's case should be no different.
Nevertheless, Shumpert won't be expected to score so much with offensive juggernauts Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony on his team. The pressure to score is clearly off, but it's also going to be Shumpert's job to take the pressures from the other end of the floor off his new all-star teammates.
First impressions are everything, and while (with a pending lockout) the Knicks may have to wait a little longer to see what Shumpert is able to do on the NBA hardwood, he is certainly making quite the impression on the New York media and the team's tough-love fans. Introduced with a smile wide from ear to ear, Shumpert has embraced the media with glee.
He clearly enjoys talking, doesn't have a problem being front and center, and has had no problem answering any questions or concerns about his game. A Chicago native, Shumpert appears to enjoy the big city life, and is loving every minute in New York already. He simply seems to have a personality that belongs in the big city.
So far, he's attended New York Liberty and New York Yankees games, and has appeared on various media outlets such as “Boomer & Carton”, the “Mike'd Up” television broadcast (hosted by Bruce Beck of NBC) and the “Mike'd Up” radio broadcast, hosted by Mike Francesa himself.
In addition to being able to celebrate his 21st birthday last night in NYC, Shumpert (or as he calls himself, "Shump Shump" or "IMan") has taken to his Twitter to interact with as many fans as he can handle, and even has his own blog.
There's no question that he'll have to prove himself on the court, and do it under severe scrutiny at that, but Shumpert in no way fears the public eye. He loves the attention, doesn't shy away and seems to say all the right things. In that regard, he's the perfect fit for the Knicks.
There's no denying that just after a few days as a Knick, Iman Shumpert is fully embracing a "New York State of Mind."
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