What Iman Shumpert Must Do to Earn Starting Role with NY Knicks in 2013-14

August 16th, 2013 by Jonathan Wasserman Leave a reply »

According to coach Mike Woodson, the Knicks will head into training camp with two open spots in the starting lineup. 

Carmelo Anthony, Raymond Felton and Tyson Chandler are all safe. 

Though the team added some intriguing veteran pieces over the offseason, the guy fans should be most looking forward to seeing is shooting guard Iman Shumpert. 

After tearing his ACL during the 2012 NBA playoffs, Shumpert returned just eight months later, though he didn't find a rhythm til late in the season. Now, he'll enter his third year as a key member of a rotation looking to emerge from the East. 

But with the addition of Andrea Bargnani, Metta World Peace and Beno Udrih, along with the return of J.R. Smith and Pablo Prigioni, there's definitely some competition for playing time. 

For Shumpert to win the starting gig, he'll need to excel in two specific areas, as well as get some help from a specific teammate whose role directly affects Shump's. 


Spot-Up Shooting

We'll start with the biggest key for Shumpert—spot-up shooting. For the m ...

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