New York Knicks’ guard Iman Shumpert is viewed as one of the team’s building blocks for the future.
Throughout the first 104 games of his career, Shump has shown the potential of one day becomming a legitimate NBA superstar, despite suffering a major injury at the end of his rookie season.
But while Knicks fans view Shumpert as a future star, apparantley the rest of the league doesn’t feel the same way, at least not yet.
Shumpert was left off the the list of players that will be reporting to Team USA’s minicamp in September to vie for a spot on the national team next summer in the World Championships.
Here’s a look at the entire list of players invited to camp (via CBS Sports):
Ryan Anderson (New Orleans Pelicans)
Harrison Barnes (Golden State Warriors)
Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards)
Mike Conley (Memphis Grizzlies)
DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings)
Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans)
DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors)
Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons)
Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets)
Derrick Favors (Utah Jazz)
Paul George (Indiana Pacers)
Taj Gibson (Chicago Bulls)
Gordon Hayward (Utah Jazz)
Jrue Holiday (Philadelphia 76ers)
DeAndre Jordan (Los Angeles Clippers)
Ty Lawson (Denver Nuggets)
Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio Spurs)
Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers)
Greg Monroe (Detroit Pistons)
Chandler Parsons (Houston Rockets)
Larry Sanders (Milwaukee Bucks)
Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors)
Dion Waiters (Cleveland Cavaliers)
Kemba Walker (Charlotte Bobcats)
John Wall (Washington Wizards)
Tyler Zeller (Cleveland Cavaliers)
Looking at the complete list, there are only a handful of players that would be considered much better than Shump right now. It’s even odder him being of the list considering his ability to defend on the perimeter. Considering the fact that Mike Krzyzewski is the head coach and Tom Thibodeau is the assistant, you would think that Shumpert’s defensive ability would have at least earned him an invite.
However the only logical reeason why Shumpert isn’t on this list has to be the fact that he is coming off of ACL surgery. The other notable name missing off of this list is the Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry, who is also dealing with an ankle ailment that has bothered him for the last couple of seasons.
Yet the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that USA Basketball chairman JerryColangelo has left the door open for Shumpert and Curry to possibly join the team later on.
“Just because someone’s not here this year doesn’t mean they’re eliminated from the picture,” Colangelo said. “As you know, this is a very fluid process. Players come and go for a variety of reasons. But we like the group we’re bringing in to Las Vegas next month. They fit what we’re looking for, both on and off the court, and they’re excited to be here. So we’re already two for two.”