If Knicks fans learned anything in those two preseason games, they’ve definitely learned that Iman Shumpert can flat out play. The Knicks have visions of Shumpert being a hybrid guard that can handle the point guard position at times, but for the immediate, he’s a shooting guard. Leading up to the start of the season on Christmas Day Shumpert’s stock is rising and Landry Fields’ stock is plummeting. Shumpert has earned his way into the starters side of the practice court.
There was a good chunk of time during Friday’s practice when rookie Iman Shumpert was wearing a blue jersey. That meant he was the point guard in the first unit, playing alongside Landry Fields, Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler. The deciding factors will likely be Shumpert’s athleticism and 6-foot-5, 220-pound size, which will allow him to stick with stronger and quicker point guards such as Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook. D’Antoni called Shumpert’s defense “really good.Offensively, Douglas has more experience at the point, but he’s undersized. At the end of the day, he is better suited for the team’s sixth-man role. The name of his game is scoring, and Shumpert’s — as D’Antoni alluded to on Friday — is facilitating.
“[Iman's] shown that he makes simple plays, and if he can do that, he’ll play,” D’Antoni said. “Now whether right now in his rookie year can he run a team exactly the way we want it after two weeks of practice? I don’t know. But if we’ve got other guys helping out, he can definitely play. We’ll just cover that as we go forward.”
Daily Knicks fans, how long before Iman is inserted into the starting line-ups?
10 games in?
20 games in?
50 Games in?
Or do you think he should he should have a 6 or 7th man role this season?