Iman Shumpert is slowing getting back into the groove for the New York Knicks although he might eventually be playing for another team as trade rumors pick up.
Shumpert returned from ACL surgery on Jan. 17 at the Detroit Pistons and has been playing a modest amount of minutes.
His contributions have been modest but it’s rather evident he hasn’t been his 100 percent self, at least not yet.
The second-year NBA pro, after 13 games, is averaging 5.3 points, 1.5 assists and 3.4 boards this season. He shot 40 percent from the floor and 79.8 percent from the free-throw line. Those stand pale in comparison from last season when he played in 59 games, started 35 and averaged 9.5 points.
He’s not shooting well right now, hitting 33.8 percent from the floor and 58.3 percent from the free throw line.
His shooting from 3-point area at 41.4 percent, is 10 points higher than a year ago. One might wonder if the Knicks are wise to deal Shumpert depending on how much progress he makes with his physical health. As he demonstrated a year ago, he has an enormous amount of talent stored in his body and it’s yet to be untapped. The problem is the Knicks, trying to pass the Miami Heat for Eastern Conference supremacy, don’t want to wait too long for that potential to be realized. They need someone now, which is why Shumpert might be attractive for the Knicks to ship off somewhere for someone is who healthy and has that true tested playoff experience.
But trading Shumpert, whose potential is incredible, is likely to work against the Knicks in the future.