With the New York Knicks currently in a rut standing at 3-13, New York is not satisfied and neither are the Knicks themselves.
There has been off the court talk of trades involving budding star Iman Shumpert, and other big name players but it seems as though the talk has covered up the mistakes that have dominated the game more the Knicks intended for them to. With all the off the court talk revolving around trades (mainly Shumpert) is it in the best interests for the Knicks to fulfill the hopes of owner, James Dolan, and trade Shumpert and finally get their game going.
Iman Shumpert has been in abysmal form this season averaging 7.0 ppg, 2.4 apg, 4.1 rpg, and 1.6 spg, and a contributor to his atrocious form is the talk that is fazing off of the court. All the questions he is asked revolve around his future in New York and with the Knicks already having explored trades, the damage is done and sadly due to the pathetic youth development system New York employs on their rookies, its Shumperts time to go.
I am distraught by the idea to trade him, I was one of the rare people who was happy when his name was called by David Stern in 2011 with the 17th pick in the NBA Draft, and have supported him ever since. He has a lot of potential as either a combo guard, a dual threat player, or even a defensive specialist, but at 23 years old and having gotten off to a fast start in his career, Shumpert does not need the off court trade talk happening when he has ambitions to win in the city he’s given 100% night in and night out to.
Shumpert showed potential in his rookie season, shocking the NBA by almost taking the rookie of the year award away from Kyrie Irving after been viewed as a role player after coming out of Georgia Tech, and during the second half of when coming off of a torn ACL.
He showed potential to combine his tenacious defense with a new look offense when he made his debut in London, England, when the Knicks defeated the Pistons in the international series, but ever since 2013 has kicked off, Shumpert has not looked the same player and with it seeming as though coach, Mike Woodson, has lost faith in him, I’d rather see him succeed with another team, rather than be held back and restricted in New York.
Shumpert has the talent to succeed in the NBA, but if the Knicks aren’t willing to see that then his success will be for another team, potentially even a rival in the NBA.