Defensive specialist Iman Shumpert is the answer to the Philadelphia 76ers‘ problems on defense. The only problem is not giving up too much for Shumpert.
New York Knicks chairman James Dolan has been entertaining offers for the 6-foot-5 guard from several teams as reported by ESPN. If dealt, Shumpert would give a major defensive boost to a team allowing a league-worst 111.7 points per game.
Shumpert doesn’t average much on both ends, so the Sixers would be reluctant to deal any of their high-profile players or even a first-round draft pick. The Knicks on the other hand would expect a decent player in return, including center Spencer Hawes.
The Sixers could package a future second-round pick with low-cost players such as guard James Anderson and starting forward Hollis Thompson. Both players have posted solid numbers. The Sixers could immediately pair Shumpert with Michael Carter-Williams in the backcourt while moving Evan Turner to his natural spot at small forward. Both would fortify the Sixers’ perimeter defense.
Shumpert’s also a very good free throw shooter and solid 3-point shooter. He’d fit in coach Brett Brown’s offensive scheme. He suffered a thigh contusion in Friday night’s loss to the Toronto Raptors. This injury isn’t anything too serious. He should be fully recovered shortly. This injury also gives the Sixers more leverage in making a deal happen. The Knicks have been hampered by injuries to their star players and look to be rebuilding this season.
The Sixers should look to make this move if they’re looking for an immediate improvement on defense, even with Shumpert’s injury.