What role will Iman Shumpert play for the Knicks next season?

Keith Schlosser, Lead Writer

As he experienced free agency for the first time, this offseason proved to be the summer of Carmelo Anthony for the Knicks. There’s also been plenty of talk surrounding Jose Calderon, a key new acquisition in the trade with Dallas. The likes of Tim Hardaway Jr. and Cleanthony Early have also gained some increasing fan-fare over the last month and a half, largely in part due to a couple of impressive showings at NBA Summer League.

With Phil Jackson in town, actively continuing to put his own respective mark on the team’s roster, how some of the other players fit into this new equation remains to be seen. Nevertheless, one has to believe it may be worth making an effort to determine how (if at all) Iman Shumpert still fits into New York’s future plans.

nba_u_shumpert_cr_286Since first hitting the hardwood, there’s been plenty of hype surrounding the Georgia Tech product. He’s been recognized as a defensive-stopper, someone who isn’t afraid of matching up against and taking on some of the league’s most elite scorers. When he’s at his best, Shumpert plays with a certain intensity that isn’t often matched by many others. His style and the swagger he carries himself with on the court certainly fit the Big Apple.

But such intensity has somewhat wavered over the last two seasons. Shumpert has lacked consistency, though perhaps much of this can be attributed to the team’s lack of continuity with a confused coaching staff leading the way. Still, it’ll be interesting to see how the swingman is utilized moving forward.

In the past, there’s been chatter about whether or not Shumpert could handle point guard duties. In the triangle offense, the Knicks’ two point-guard lineup figurse to be a thing of the past, so the team will have other options to fall back on before the young gun. He’s also been considered a 3 and D player of sorts, but his lack of consistency from deep sometimes makes him a liability offensively. That explosive first step has also disappeared a bit, as Shumpert has not been encouraged to attack the basket too much.

In recent months, his name has been tossed around in trade rumors involving teams such as the Raptors, Clippers, and Thunder. With the likes of Hardaway Jr. and J.R. Smith figuring to eat up most of the minutes at shooting guard, one has to wonder if there will be any time left over for Shumpert.

How Coach Derek Fisher chooses to mix and match his lineups this season remains to be seen, but if anything appears likely at this point, it’s that Shumpert will have to fight for his minutes coming into of training camp. But perhaps that isn’t such a bad thing. Coming into his fourth year as a player, it might be best to light the fire under Shumpert’s butt and raise the bar for expectations.

To ensure he doesn’t become expendable, it’s important for the Knicks to put him in the best spot to succeed (where that will be in the rotation is anyone’s guess) and look to get the most out of him while they still can. Under a new regime, it could prove to be a new beginning for Shumpert. He was once a hot commodity, so this is his opportunity to prove he can still be one.




375 comments
Daniel Nguyen
Daniel Nguyen

Ray Allen isn't a bad prototype to model his game after. I like the Idea of an R-Allen that can defend.

greekfreak
greekfreak

My brother, Thanasis, will be in Knicks camp battling for a spot... The plot thickens...

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

I recall Phil saying during summer league that the team needs more than one player that plays with defensive intensity/energy like Shumpert. He said when you only have one guy that plays with that energy, you end up with him getting fouls and the rest of the team looking like they're not hustling as much. Does that mean he's not going to get traded? Absolutely not. I think Phil is open to moving anyone if it improves the team...as he should. However, I do think he recognizes Shumpert's ability on that end of the floor. Shumpert has to accept whatever role Fisher thinks he fills.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

The idea that Shump has to have a "breakout" year and develop his offensive game to be a productive player is not necessarily so. If you look at some of the defensive 3 and D types, it's possible to contribute to a contender without having anything more than a decent corner three.

Bruce Bowen played one game in the NBA before age 26. He had a career average of 6.1 ppg and 2.8 rebounds. It's not whether or not Shump can be a Bruce Bowen, but that players can be productive in many ways. Rather than looking at what Shump isn't or what he could be, maybe he is what he is. That ability to defend and hit a corner three can lead to a long NBA career. 

While everyone is trying to figure out how all the two guards will get minutes, it is unquestioned that a strong perimeter defender that can shoot a three can find minutes in the NBA. Fish will find a use for Shump. If he can get him to be more consistent on D, he will will be worth having on the roster. 


brookdon
brookdon

@Ronnie2K: Carmelo Anthony is receiving $62 million upfront as part of his new $124 mil contract with the Knicks. #Frontloaded

C0P0
C0P0

Oh look. It's Ground Hog's Day. 


Another breakout year awaits.

Mel Brizzy
Mel Brizzy

sidenote:  The Seahawks are in regular season mode. 

C0P0
C0P0

@Knicks_Fanatic Problem with Shumpert has been his consistency. Period. One day he's a great defender, other times he's just Ok. Sometimes he's dropping the three like a video game, other times he's dropping the actual ball like he's got mittens for hands. 


After 4 years, fans are tired of waiting to see WTF is going to be with this guy.

He will survive in this system, if he defends and passes the ball well, but everyone believes there's more under the hood. Personally, I don't care anymore what he does offensively. Just become a sick defender and pass the ball to the open man. We've got plenty of firepower IMO. 

Daniel Nguyen
Daniel Nguyen

@Knicks_Fanatic a Ray Allen role would suffice, or a Novak / Dell Curry / Mark Price type, ideally he could be Jeff Hornacek

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@brookdon 

That will make it easier to trade Melo, if the need should arise. It's the "spoonful of sugar" as opposed to the poison pill type of contract.

brookdon
brookdon

WSJ says that he gets half before the season even starts, not one big $62 milli check. Still that's a big check each year.

NoVaCaInE
NoVaCaInE

@C0P0 Shump was our 2nd best player in the Playoffs 2 years ago. Meanwhile your boy JR didn't show up and STAT couldn't get on the floor. 

NoVaCaInE
NoVaCaInE

@Mel Brizzy Their defense is scary! Reminds me of those Ray Lewis Ravens defenses. Fast, athletic and big. Hard hitting Defense. 

Blaze NYK
Blaze NYK

Yup. His best stretch overall was from Linsanity (he was huge for us during that stretch) to when he got injured against Miami.

Daniel Nguyen
Daniel Nguyen

@C0P0 Would you trade him for Ray Allen? Or Mike Miller? Jimmy Butler?

greekfreak
greekfreak

@Knicks_Fanatic. He has a no trade clause in his contract so it won't be as easy as you think

C0P0
C0P0

@NoVaCaInE @C0P0 This team has some manic player for certain. 

With a system things should be better for all. 

C0P0
C0P0

@stillmatic @C0P0 Soon (more) trade rumors and then the customary injury. LOL 

C0P0
C0P0

@stillmatic @C0P0 No question. He's not a complete bust offensively, so I think he'll survive this system. If not, Early, Timmy and Jr, will see all of the minutes. That's if he fails across the board, he'd be useless. 

C0P0
C0P0

@Daniel Nguyen @C0P0 Allen or Butler

C0P0
C0P0

@brookdon I see. 1/2 of his annual upfront. Thanks.

They made a correction from half the $124M upfront. 

Daniel Nguyen
Daniel Nguyen

@Sandro Guedes @Mel Brizzy I think it's because all the fans from other teams like the Bulls, Spurs, and even the Heat want him badly. He's high demand from the Thunder too. Some fans were saying Bosh, Lebron, Wade, Shump Big 4. We should give the other teams what they want. Right?

Mel Brizzy
Mel Brizzy

@Sandro Guedes @Mel Brizzy Agreed regarding your first point. 


as it stands we are a first round exit unless we get another bonafide player... all-star type.  


we keep him bc he's our best perimeter defender.

C0P0
C0P0

@NoVaCaInE @C0P0 Expiring contracts have ways of being useful. Keep the faith. LOL 

that3agoodpoint
that3agoodpoint

Well then you start running into paying him too much. Shump will be looking for about 6 and honestly, do you see him as a 6 million dollar guy?

Mel Brizzy
Mel Brizzy

no,  we just let him play out this year and let him increase his value.  If he improves we have a trade chip for something bigger and better.  If not, the knicks will hold the chips bc no one will pay him 6 mil if he has a lackluster year.  

greekfreak
greekfreak

That's my only issue.. If I knew we could keep him for 3 mill or less, I would be fine with it. Knowing how big his ego is and the agents always overvaluing their players, I say IF we can get decent return while packaging him with Stat or BarnBoy, then and only then would I make the trade

C0P0
C0P0

@stillmatic @C0P0 He's about to land on Boardwalk with hotels. 

Time to pay up Shumpert.  

Knicks Fans want their potential to turn into the real thing. Now.

that3agoodpoint
that3agoodpoint

I agree. I'd float 3.5 for 3 years at him and if he says no I move forward with a trade.

greekfreak
greekfreak

@stillmatic. I prefer to use that $ towards a big name star, if possible

that3agoodpoint
that3agoodpoint

There would still be room for a major piece with Shump at 3.5.

Wildcard is going to be if JR opts out.

greekfreak
greekfreak

@knicksgirl35. And he can suck his teeth all the way to Milwaukee and play close to his hometown, Chicago ;)

greekfreak
greekfreak

@stillmatic. I thought u had wrote 5 or 5.5 mill... But yeah, if that's the case, 5 mill or over, time to part ways and get what we can, whether it's now or at end of season

that3agoodpoint
that3agoodpoint

And I wouldn't blame him if he did but that's why I'd try getting something for him.

greekfreak
greekfreak

I hope he plays well, I really do.. Then were in a win win situation, which is rare for us... We could trade him and get value or keep him if he's playing well and not worry about JR opting out.. Would suck to lose both tho

greekfreak
greekfreak

@stillmatic. No doubt.. If we did trade him tho, then we would have to hope JR doesn't opt out, IMO