Iman Shumpert has made it clear he plans to work on his offensive game this offseason. And in an interview with Marc Berman of the New York Post, he went even more in-depth.
Shumpert said he was too passive at times last season, not as aggressive as he was during his rookie campaign. And he plans to get back to that aggressive style this coming year.
“Sometimes I saw myself just catching the ball and not looking to do anything with it,” he said. “My first year, every time I caught the ball, I was looking to do something with it. Whether it was the right decision, I don’t know, but I was always aggressive.
“When I first came back my second year, a lot of times I wasn’t aggressive. I would catch the ball, I’d be on my heels instead of my toes. You got to put your defender on your heels.”
Shumpert’s numbers represent a drop in production — in offensive usage and assist percentage — but he improved his long-range shooting, rebounding and cut down on his turnovers by almost one-third.
He’s projected to start at shooting guard this season, which he proclaimed could be his breakout campaign.
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