Upon returning from an ACL injury in the middle of the 2012-13 season, Iman Shumpert slowly regained his footing on the basketball court and had a quietly productive year. By the time the playoffs came around, Shumpert was indispensable for the New York Knicks, spreading the floor with deadly marksmanship, swinging the ball on offense, hounding opponents all over the floor on defense.
Expected to make that next jump into a top player for the Knicks in 2013-14, Shumpert fell mightily short of expectations. At times, the bursts of potential were exciting and game-changing. But they were often frustrating, too, as Shumpert blended into the court and failed to stand out most nights of the season.
Iman Shumpert may be the most puzzling offensive player on the Knicks. In 2012-13, he shot 40% from beyond the arc and looked to be one of the best spot-up shooters the Knicks had. After a promising preseason, Shumpert’s shot fell off a cliff. He averaged 6.8 points per game while hitting just 37.8% of his field goals and 33.3% of his shots from three-point range. He posted a meager 48% TS% and a 45.7% EFG, which is among the lowest of guards playing over 25 minutes per night. (He still finished ahead of Raymond Felton).
But there were those few shining moments for Shumpert that give fans hope of what he can hopefully become at a consistent level. For instance, scoring a combined 53 points on a combined 12-13 shooting from downtown in back-to-back games. Attacking the rim off the dribble, crossing over his opponents, shaking and baking. His shining moments on offense can change the game, and even just his presence on the court gave the Knicks a 107 offensive rating. The key for Shumpert is working under a coach who can work him into the offensive gameplan and then channeling his talents each night.