This is a really thorough analysis of Shumpert’s strengths and weaknesses, complete with video. I expect nothing less of Rob Mahoney and the Times’ Off The Dribble blog.
I’ve got a really good feeling about Shumpert. If he learns to attack the rim when the right opportunity presents itself and doesn’t try to do too much on offense, he’s going to be the perfect fit for a Knicks team that needs to get toughness (read: defense and physicality) from the two-guard position. Shumpert can be that guy. I was in on the pick when it was made and I’m still in on it. Trying to do less will take this kid far.
Why you can’t criticize the Iman Shumpert pick yet
The Knicks need defense and Shumpert is the best defensive guard in the draft, says everyone. He also can defend ones and twos. And this is a big issue in the East with Rondo, Wade and Rose. Who on the Knicks roster were you comfortable placing on any of those guys? Here, by all accounts, is a stopper.
He tested off the charts, athletically. I think it’s very important to reach for upside whenever you can because you are going to get rotation guys pretty easily given how New York is now a preferred basketball destination. But you have to find stars in the draft. Shumpert also seems to have a pretty high floor because that athleticism combined with the Knicks needs makes it pretty unlikely that he’ll fail to earn at least 20-plus minutes per night even if his offensive game never develops.