One year ago Iman Shumpert fell to the court clutching his knee in pain. Seems like a long time ago, but it was only a year ago and much has happened since.
Iman has worked through a rigorous rehab and worked himself back into playing shape. When he first returned from rehab Shump’s game was off, which was to be expected but never the less nerve racking. His timing, lateral movement and explosion were nowhere to be found. Little by little Shump’s athletic ability and confidence returned. He has had his ups and downs and some scares of re-injury along the way, but all in all Shump has returned to form in spurts.
Over the last few weeks Shump’s defense has picked up in a major way. Seems like every game he is getting steals, as his aggressiveness on the D has led to his offensive intensity game after game. His corner three is becoming automatic within the offense.
For the Knicks to go deep into the playoffs they need Iman Shumpert to become a defensive force on the perimeter. Iman’s uncanny ability to keep players in front of him with his lateral movement is the reasons the Knicks covet him as a future star. With the poor perimeter defense of Raymond Felton, the Knicks are counting on Shump to cover the opponents’ best guard or perimeter player.
The New York Knicks are in an interesting situation. They are counting on a player freshly back from a devastating knee injury, asking him to shut down the other teams best guards, but at the same time they are trying to take it slow in his recovery. The Knicks would love to use Shump 38 minutes per game, but they must figure out a way to only use him 25 or less.
The Knicks are in a quagmire that they need to figure out before the season ends and the second season (playoffs) begins. Iman Shumpert’s skill set is the most important part of the Knicks defensive strategy on the perimeter; keeping guards form breaking down the defense and getting into the lane will be a major issue moving forward for the New York Knicks to be successful in the playoffs.
Peter A – Knickswag
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