Knicks Blog Player of the Week: Iman Shumpert

Sam Spiegelman

What a journey it’s been for Iman Shumpert this season, first being named as trade bait to get shipped out of New York to now being one of the Knicks’ most valuable players of late.

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So it’s no shocker that Shumpert, given his January surge and a career-high 27 points against the San Antonio Spurs, is being named this week’s Knicks Blog Player of the Week.

Shump has averaged 16. 8 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game over the past four games, while the Knicks have went 3-1, with wins over contenders San Antonio and Dallas.

One factor in Shump’s game that has been driving his success of late has been his red-hot 3-point shooting. Against the Spurs and Rockets, he went 12-for-14 from the perimeter. That stat has tailed off of late, though, as he’s attempted seven 3s in the past two contests, only connecting with one.

Shump’s 67 points over the past four games should not be taken lighty. It took him nine games to reach the 67-point mark on the season.

Whether or not Shumpert’s stellar play continues remains a question, but there’s no doubt that when he is able to contribute offensively and lend a hand on the boards the Knicks are better off. No-brainer, obviously. Perhaps confidence will play a factor, as we see that when he attempted 13 and 14 shot-attempts against San Antonio and Houston, both he and the team fared better.

43 comments
zdiddy4nyk
zdiddy4nyk

Without wasting cap space on Amare's contract, we would have been able to sign a better SG instead of JR.  When we are over the cap, we are force to bring back the 6th man of year and hope he plays the same way he did last year.  Amare's contract has led to us signing both Felton and JR.  With little cap space, you are force to sign the best possible players at the $5 mill and under contract.


It would have been tough going into this season with only Shump and THjr at the SG spot.  It is not like we could have used JR money to sign a better SG.  It is not like we know what we would get out of THjr.  It would have been too risky with just Shump and THjr. 


THjr could have been a bust, like many players drafted higher than him.  Rookies, especially late picks, usually don't get significant minutes on very good teams.  The Knicks were thinking they would be a very good team...then, why would they go into a season depending on a rookie.


Thank you Walsh for Amare and this mess as a result of his RIDICULOUS contract!!!!

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

Here's to hoping the "coach" stops investing so much in JR and dedicates more time to guiding Shump and Timmy.

lobcity
lobcity

Im just excited for the game tonight. So much ridiculous press this team gets. We need to just focus on basketball man and keep winning.

joeknix
joeknix

Shump needs to stay aggressive . . . the only times this year he shot more than 10 shots in a game were the two in Texas.  I'm not saying he'll score 25+ a night but he can certainly score 15 a game but he's got to get up at least 10 shots.  I just want him to play with confidence and all of the rest will come.

Blaze NYK
Blaze NYK

Honestly, just the fact that Shump is playing well and he's no longer being involved in trade rumors but instead its JR being listed in trade rumors, has me much more optimistic about this franchise.  Timmy has gotten playing time from day one and Shump hasn't had his minutes reduced too much even when he was bad.  But the fact that at the beginning of the season he was rumored to be up for a trade while JR was allowed to chuck chuck suck all day and always play 30 plus minutes a game and have his scrub brother on the team, it made me feel like we were heading into the bad old days again (plus we were losing like crazy).  Now Murry is getting minutes, Hardaway continues to get minutes, Shump is still starting and starting to flourish and the organization seems to at least be sending a message to JR to shape up or they'll ship him out.  Plus his brother is no longer on the team and we have Tyler instead.


So this makes me feel good again.  If our GM and Dolan are smart, they will focus the 2015 rebuild around Melo, Shump, Hardaway, Tyler and Murry.  Let Amare, Bargnani, JR, Felton, etc…walk.  Although if Amare stays healthy I'd be up to give him a veteran minimum to stay with the team since he helped turn this franchise around.  And if Chandler wants to resign (and again, stays healthy) I'd look to resign him for less than 10 million.  But we gotta keep Shump, Hardaway and Murry or at least develop them and trade them when their value is high and not low.  But JR, unless he seriously shapes up, needs to be sent packing.  His contract is not that bad.  We can get something for him I'm sure.


So I'm happier these days.  We're winning some games.  Got a long way to go but at least JR is in the doghouse and not Shump.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

OH NO! Look what happened to JR after being named Player of the Week. This is like the Madden curse and the SI cover curse.

Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

Tyson out again which sucks, Beno out which is good, more Murry.  Heat will be without Battier, Chalmers, and Wade is questionable..

Christopher Sherman
Christopher Sherman

Off-Topic, just a thought. JR Smith trade idea. Moving JR would accomplish a couple things. 1) Gives Hardaway  more minutes and 2) Forces Shump to be aggressive and look to score. As we've seen over these last few games, the Knicks seem to go as Shump goes. 


Now here's the trade (not sure if the numbers work out) -- JR Smith to Sacramento for Derrick Williams and Jimmer Freddette for JR Smith and Beno Udrih. Here's the rationale. With the arrival of Rudy gay and the impending return of Carl Landry, Williams will be stuck on the bench in Sacramento. The Knicks could use an athletic stretch four to run and gun with Shump and Hardaway. On the Jimmer front, the Garden would immediately fall in love and he could fill the Novak role ... just bang threes and bring the house down. For the Kings, their new owner seems to be the type of guy who is infatuated with talent (J.R.) and he hasn't been hesitant to make moves. Also, the Kings are looking for a backup PG (Andre Miller) and I think Udrih would fill the same need for them. With Felton back, Prigioni returning soon, and Murry showing that he's a competent 3rd PG, I say Beno is expendable. 


redhorse
redhorse

People thought we wouldnt be able to even have a chance in that lebron free agency and donnie gave us a chance and put us in that position...and we actually had no choice but to.get amare.... and I love that ppl forget that team with amare chandler gallo felt fields was pretty good and I wish we could of just waited to land melo in free agency.....I thought walsh did a great job

zdiddy4nyk
zdiddy4nyk

@VerySilentJay Shump has to continue to make shots and try to create shots and THjr has to defend better and continue to shoot well...to keep JR on the bench


Say what you want about JR, but he is still an offensive threat that teams still fear that he may go off on them.  As a result, he spreads the floor and create more space for Melo and our other guys.  Teams leave Shump open in Texas for a reason.


When you watch League pass, the opposing teams play by play guys gets worried, if JR makes 2 shots in a row.  They know he can have a great night in any game, against any team...JR is a offensive threat!!

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

@lobcity No one would be happier than me if we win. Listening to these floridians yapping drives me crazy lol.

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

@joeknix I agree. He has to get more than 5 shots/night. Murry looks for him when they play together.

ds2488
ds2488

@joeknix Confidence and proper usage go a long way.  He was stuck being purely a spot-up "shooter" for most of the earlier parts of the season, and obviously that didn't work too well as he didn't have the shooting part down.  Now some of his shots are starting to fall and he's getting more of a chance to touch the ball and create for others. 


I've long said this "coach" did not use him properly and I'm glad to see that it seems as if it's getting remedied a little.  While his handle leaves a lot to be desired and he's not a great finisher in traffic (he has a tendency to rush shots), Shump has good court vision and does a good job keeping the ball moving.  


I think it also helps to play Shump/Timmy/Toure in some combination as they get after it on defense to create turnovers and then run the floor.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@Kiyan Carter Since last season I believe.  4 Courses is pretty funny..cool stories too.

ds2488
ds2488

@Knicks_Fanatic Well to be entirely fair, JR earning that award in the first place was beyond ridiculous.  He did nothing to justify it.  Shump at least earned the award.  

zdiddy4nyk
zdiddy4nyk

@Christopher Sherman Why would Sac want JR when they have Thornton at $8.5 mill.  He is a score first SG like JR.


JR for Derrick Williams would work straight up cap wise...


Sac does not need Gay, JR and Thornton on the same team...3 shoot first players with one ball. 

therealprof
therealprof

@Christopher Sherman The Numbers are about 1 mill off, but with the Ronnie Brewer trade exception that expires soon, it would be really close. (Knicks taking back less than 125%+100k)I am going to be honest here: I think Jimmer is a complete bust and D-League player at best, but if Sacramento will take JR for Derrick Williams, I am down, even if it means taking Jimmer back. Jimmer cant really be a Novak type because he is too small to get his shot off in a corner 3 situation where guys close out a bit quicker. His defense if terrible like Novak though, so I see the comparison. With all that being said, its hard to see a franchise with new ownership wanting to take on 3 years of JR Smith to spoil all of the young'ns along with Cousins and his attitude. Besides, a Knicks trade where they get the 2 youngest players with the least amount of years left to pay out is almost impossible. I like the reasoning behind it though.

ds2488
ds2488

@zdiddy4nyk JR is shooting 34% on the year... Shump is shooting 40%.  Fail to see your point, teams want JR to shoot all game, every game, because he's been incredibly inefficient and isn't scaring anyone.  

redhorse
redhorse

@zdiddy4nyk  except that hes not been the whole season and does not deserve to be playing 30 min a game and shooting 30%....And i dont need league pass to know that... i swear this is eactly how woodson thinks smgdh... Did i miss something here with some knick fans... from what i see melo is mj and jr smith is kobe..

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@ds2488@joeknix Confidence goes a long way...He was not being used only as a spot up shooter.  The kid was moping around and upset about trade rumors, dolan declares nobody is getting traded and he magically gets his swagger back little by little.  Has nothing to do with usage issue, all mental, all confidence.

fasheezee
fasheezee

@BiggieSmalls @ExpectTheWorst And you talkin about filtering out the dreck! You told me to "go back to Africa with the rest of the animals". You are a hypocrite of the highest order.

therealprof
therealprof

@Christopher Sherman just looked at the trade machine and Derrick Williams cannot be traded in combination with another player, a la Bargnani, because he was recently traded. If they take JR for Williams straight up Mills needs to jump all over that.

ds2488
ds2488

@MeloStat301 @ds2488 @joeknix It was a usage issue as well.  Shump had one of the lowest usage rates in the league, which means he's not touching the ball at all.


These past few games he's been more involved, being given some chances to run the pick and roll and create for others.  He wasn't getting those chances earlier in the year.  

fasheezee
fasheezee

@BiggieSmalls @Kojo Brown You should be nice to people you don't know. 

fasheezee
fasheezee

@BiggieSmalls Now you're calling me a troll? First an animal now a troll. You are on thin ice dude. You want a troll you will get one.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@BiggieSmalls

LOL Dude, Accordingly to you, everybody's got an obsession with you. Are you wearing Calvin Klein under your Helmet? 

fasheezee
fasheezee

@BiggieSmalls @Kojo Brown You sir are the obsessive compulsive. Obsessed with Woody and a compulsive blogger along with your Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

zdiddy4nyk
zdiddy4nyk

@DolanitisDr@Chris@Seth Nadler

Bargs is, at the minimum, a decent defender against his man and boxes out better than Amare.

Amare maybe the worse defensive big in the NBA, with no clue on how to box out on a defensive rebounds...thank you Walsh for this mess.


Amare is not on the same level as Bargs defensively...Bargs is better!!

Christopher Sherman
Christopher Sherman

@therealprof Thanks for the response. I would definitely do JR for Derrick Williams. Hardaway will get more shots anyway the Jimmer thing isn't the end of the world. On JR's/Cousins and Co. front, I think the Kings might see it as an opportunity to help him mature. Cousins isn't all the way there but he's certainly made huge strides in the maturity department. I bet Malone could do the same for JR.