WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. –Although most would consider 54 wins and a division title a successful season, Iman Shumpert is not shy in believing that the Knicks could do even better next season.
The Knicks’ breakout star of their postseason run, Shumpert was giving the children at his summer basketball camp Tuesday morning at White Plains Middle School the thrill he never got to have of meeting an NBA player.
He answered questions that the kids had and even showed off his high-flying ability by dunking an alley oop thrown by one of the campers.
“I love their questions,’’ he said. “A kid asked me if my hair was a wig.”
Shumpert was outspoken after the Knicks were ousted by the Indiana Pacers in the playoffs in May saying that the season wasn’t good enough because they did not reach the Eastern Conference Finals.
For next season, the goal for Shumpert still remains the same.
“We want to lock in on our division, set ourselves up in the playoffs and get into the Eastern Conference Finals,” he said. “We can’t want anything less.’’
The Knicks on Thursday will have the 24th pick in the draft and it will be the first time they had a first round pick since taking Shumpert 17th overall out of Georgia Tech in 2011.
He mentioned that he is hoping fellow Yellow Jacket and son of former Knick Glen Rice, Glen Rice Jr, gets picked but has faith that the front office will make the right pick to help the team.
The same goes for what the Knicks will do in free agency as guys like J.R. Smith, Chris Copeland and Pablo Prigioni could sign somewhere else this summer.
“I would love to play with the same team, I had no complaints on our team this year, I would love to play with those same guys,” he said. “I felt crazy chemistry with those guys towards the end of the year, but it’s the organization and I trust this organization to make the right decisions.”
Shumpert is a key piece to the Knicks future as they try to get back to the playoffs and make a run at ending the Heat’s reign atop the NBA.