As for many of the New York Knicks players, 2013-14 was not particularly a good season for Iman Shumpert.
In Mike Woodson‘s isolation heavy system, Shumpert struggled offensively to say the least. He scored a career-low 6.7 points per game on 37.8 percent shooting, another career low. He also shot an inconsistent 33 percent from three. These numbers helped translate into a postseason-less end for the Knicks.
Now things are changed. Phil Jackson came in, fired Woodson and brought in the player-turned coach Derek Fisher to lead the Knicks. With the triangle offense being brought into MSG, Shumpert is beaming from ear to ear about it.
Shumpert spoke about the upcoming season at his Citi Basketball Procamp at House of Sports on Tuesday. While he had the chance to chat, he talked about how the new offense will give him and his teammates ample opportunities as opposed to the offense with Woodson. Shumpert told ESPN New York:
“Everybody’s going to get touches, everybody gets opportunities to cut. It’s constant action going on. So I think that I’ll be able to capitalize on that and I’ll be able to use my athleticism a lot more than standing in the corner.”
There’s no more standing in the corner and doing nothing. The Knicks were also pretty bad passing the ball, finishing 28th in assists per game, so now with more movement and more action hopefully more passing will join as well.
Shumpert, who is an astounding athlete, can use his speed and athleticism to make those cuts and put himself in a better position to score than he has in the past. He can work his game inside-out, get going around the rim and then bring the jump shot out when the defender has to respect his game on the move.
With a new offense that plays better to his strengths, there is no reason Shumpert can’t improve his game and have the best offensive season of his career. His numbers have not been impressive, but his defense, effort and athleticism have shown that he has a lot of potential to be a key piece on a solid team. Coming off knee surgery, look for a stronger and more confident Shumpert in his fourth season.