The Shumpert Track:
by Francis S Estepan,
Published February 16th, 2018
With the 2011 1st round pick, the New York Knicks Draft Iman Shumpert. Fast forward Dec. 25th scores his first buckets in the NBA, finishes the game Vs Boston with 11 Points on 3-13 shooting. The 6’5 shooting guard was known to be value on the defensive of the lineup. He could be compare to the likes of Tony Allen. With career highs 27 Points, 16 rebounds, 9 assist (on different occasions) on the offensive side he really found his strength and pride defensively. I guess it can be said that he is above average defensively and below average offensively in comparison to other shooting guards in the NBA.
Back in 2015, he saw himself as “the first NBA player to have a legitimate music career”. Most recently tracks here and there and one album called “Full Court Press, Vol 1” can be found but it doesn’t seem that much have stuck or made it to the mainstream. Music and basketball usually go hand in hand with many NBA players and rappers wanting to crossover to the different lifestyle.
Recently traded to the Sacramento Kings in a three team deal that mostly benefitted the Cleveland Cavaliers. Sacramento currently stands with a record of 18-38 are far from championship contention. The Kings haven’t made the playoffs since the 05-06 season. Fortunately, Vlade Divac risky actions off trading who could have been a team center piece could be paying off with proper developments of their most recent rookie acquisitions.
Shumpert will be going from a competing team to rebuilding (or tanking) team. An argument can be made that he was the biggest loser in this transaction especially after reports that teams (clippers) did not want his services. Both Joe Johnson and Derrick Rose will go through waiver procedures and more than likely find a team before the playoffs starts. Crowder 3 and D capabilities will fit right in Utah. The newly acquire Cavaliers’ seem to be adjusting really well playing alongside LeBron James. So the questions ¿What value does Shumpert have, if any?
Coming into this 3rd team in his career, Shumpert could be on his way to becoming a journeyman in the NBA getting signed by teams needing to fill small roles and for salary caps purposes. Defensive minded players losing their valued in the NBA could be associated with the quicker and amount of shots that teams are taking. Having a defensive stopper is almost irrelevant when in transition or when guys like Harden and Curry are popping off 40 footers. Entering this year Memphis officially ended the Grit and Grind era trading away Randolph and Tony Allen. Players like Shumpert are losing value.
Shumpert NBA career does not seem to have taken a turn for the better. Sacramento can be seen a great place for veterans like Randolph and Carter who number 1 job is to help the younger guys develop. Looking at Shumpert style of play, even at 27, he may have already peak or his room for improvement would not be worth developing. It is still yet to be determined how he would break into the lineup where he is 1 of 5 shooting guards.
What’s the next track for Iman Shumpert? After making a recovery from his latest injury, we are hoping that he improves his jumper and is still able bring toughness defensively. Shumpert should make his debut as King after the All Star Break!! Would hate to see people remember Shumpert for his afro hair and being the other shirtless guy next to Kyrie and Henny JR.