Knicks Rumors: New York Confident in Iman Shumpert, Won't Sign a Shooting Guard

Matt ShetlerCorrespondent IDecember 19, 2011

GREENSBORO, NC - MARCH 10:  Iman Shumpert #1 of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets dribbles down the court during the second half of the game against the Virginia Tech Hokies in the first round of the 2011 ACC men's basketball tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum on March 10, 2011 in Greensboro, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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One major uncertainty coming into this year's shortened NBA season is the role that some of the rookies around the league will play.

Teams just haven't had the opportunity to get a long enough look at their respective rookies to really know what they have coming into the season. That made each team's first preseason game vital to the younger players.

Some rookies struggled in their first time in an NBA uniform, but some did just the opposite and made a statement over the weekend.

One of those guys was the New York Knicks' Iman Shumpert, whose performance on Saturday in a win against the New Jersey Nets indicated that he belongs in the Knicks' regular rotation.

Shumpert was impressive enough that the Knicks should no longer attempt to sign a shooting guard.

Tommy Beer reports that the Knicks feel comfortable enough that Shumpert can contribute immediately, that they will no longer pursue additional depth at the 2-guard spot.

New York was in on Jamal Crawford among others for a while, and the Knicks are on the wish list of Gilbert Arenas, but after bringing Baron Davis into the fold, they don't need to worry about bringing in another guard.

Now one preseason game is a supremely small sample size, but the Knicks should be extremely confident in their first-round pick.

Shumpert had success offensively both behind the arc and driving the basketball. He also showed he could get to the free throw stripe as well. More importantly, he didn't look overmatched on the defensive end of the floor, which is something the Knicks need badly.

While it may be tempting to bring in a guard like Arenas, the Knicks should stop their search. They have their man in Shumpert.