New York Knicks president Phil Jackson might be trying to get rid of shooting guard Iman Shumpert. According to Marc Stein of ESPNNewYork.com, apparently “the Knicks are said to prefer to buy a late first-rounder or early second-rounder” for Shumpert. Well, how about that? The Dallas Mavericks have an early second-round pick of their own with the No. 34 pick.
Of course, it’s problematic to think about Shumpert without the gruesome imagery of the kid tearing his ACL in 2012 popping into your head. The tear came just after Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose tore the same ligament in his knee and shortly thereafter former New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera tore an ACL of his own. It was a scary time, as it seemed as though there was an epidemic of ACL tears going around.
But Shumpert, unlike Rose, got back the following season and has been doing Shumpert-like things ever since. Shumpert isn’t a scorer, as he’s never even averaged 10 points per game, but he does a myriad of different things that don’t show up in the box score. What’s more, like current Mavericks forward Jae Crowder, Shumpert, while only 23, plays like a veteran. Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle is known for never playing guys in the their early 20s, but Crowder, with his tenacity, has managed to crack the rotation.
While this upcoming NBA Draft is too deep, it would make sense to give up that No. 34 pick for Shumpert, who would be a much-needed solid defender and an adequate replacement for either Vince Carter or Devin Harris, should either of those guys depart.