Iman Shumpert was drafted by the New York Knicks to be a tough perimeter defender, and he has been just that to this point of his young career. Last season, Shumpert appeared in just 59 games before suffering a torn ACL, but he has still drawn trade interest from teams around the NBA despite the injury. Given the recent fortunes of the team, the Knicks should give some serious consideration to dealing Shumpert before his trade value is completely diminished.
Every player in the league experiences streaks throughout the season, but Shumpert’s struggles have been especially damaging to the Knicks’ chances to win. Shumpert has not proven to be particularly adept at putting the ball on the floor and getting to the basket for easy layup opportunities, and his lack of outside shooting ability has been a real detriment to the team.
It’s no secret that Carmelo Anthony is the Knicks’ primary scorer, and Anthony frequently attracts double-teams from opposing teams that provide ample open opportunities for his teammates on the perimeter. So far this season, Shumpert has struggled to drain his open shots.
Shumpert is currently enduring an insanely difficult shooting stretch over his last seven games as he has connected on just six field goal attempts over his past games. The Knicks have been starting Shumpert over both J.R. Smith and Tim Hardaway Jr., but the time has definitely come for Mike Woodson to reconsider that strategy.
In fact, with the Knicks’ depth at the shooting guard position, there is no reason to keep Shumpert on the roster if there are willing trade partners around the league.