Rumors surfaced today that the New York Knicks have shown interest in Jared Dudley of the Phoenix Suns. Dudley is a nice player who is putting up 11.8 points a night to go along with 2.6 assists and 3.6 rebounds in 2012-13.
Dudley can play the wing and can defend well on the perimeter, but the Knicks are already pretty set as far as having an elite perimeter defender with Iman Shumpert.
Guess who is rumored to be in the potential Dudley trade? Shumpert.
Shumpert has played just 11 games after suffering a torn ACL last season, and is giving the Knicks 5.6 PPG and 1.7 APG. Shumpert, however, has tremendous potential and upside, and the Knicks would be making a huge mistake in trading him.
Jalen Rose of ESPN has been quoted as saying that Shumpert will “one day be the best player on the Knicks,” and he isn’t very far off. Shumpert has all of the skills that is needed to become a star player in the NBA.
He has a great handle, ability to distribute and see the floor, possesses immense athleticism, and is improving his jump-shot, which has shown progress. After shooting 30% from 3PT last season, ‘Shump is shooting 42% from downtown in 2012-13.
Shumpert is also a fan favorite in New York, and has the personality to become the face of the Knicks for years to come, especially after the Carmelo Anthony-era. At just 22 years old, Shumpert has the potential to take over New York, and possibly even the NBA, once he reaches his peak.
Trading all of that away for a 27 year-old, offensively challenged perimeter defender in Dudley would just be downright foolish of the Knicks’ front office.