“Its only the preseason” is the claim that many will make regarding the perfect shift Iman Shumpert put in during the Knicks opening preseason game versus Boston on Wednesday night. For those of us who have been watching Knicks basketball for years, it was confirmation of what we have been whispering for over a year. Iman Shumpert is ready to take the next step into stardom in the NBA.
Shump was flawless from the field, going 7-7 including 3 from behind the arc. The most encouraging improvement is his shot selection. There were many times early in the game when a younger Shumpert would have forced a shot or had one of those pointless drives into the paint. On Wednesday night, Shumpert drove and created, making plays happen for his teammates. How many years has it been since the Knicks has possessed a player with a solid combination speed and scoring ability?