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Iman Shumpert may be playing in Vegas Summer League

May 20, 2013, 3:59 PM EDT

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The NBA Summer League is about rookies and guys trying to make NBA rosters — basically it’s guys 10-15 on the NBA bench and a bunch of players who will be in Europe next season battling it out to impress scouts.

But each year a handful of name players (often top drafted rookies) are there to make things interesting for casual fans.

This year it could be the Knicks Iman Shumpert and his high top fade. That according to Marc Berman of the New York Post.

I seriously doubt he would play in every game (back-to-backs are very common) but he could get in some run and work on things.

The league would love it — people flock to see young stars up close, and this is not a draft that inspires that. Plus a few top picks such as Nerlens Noel will not even be there due to injury. So a name player like Shumpert is a draw.

And guys would go at them — as poor as the team quality of play can be at Summer League guys try hard because future paychecks are on the line. Guys would want to show what they can do against an elite NBA defender.

  1. jcmeyer10 - May 20, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    What am I missing? Why would he do that?

    • asimonetti88 - May 20, 2013 at 5:17 PM

      “What am I missing? Why would he do that?”

      Because the coaches want him to.

      • fanofevilempire - May 20, 2013 at 5:37 PM

        He is currently the second best player on the Knicks, why would I send
        him to play bench guys and players headed to Europe.
        This is trouble, let him run with nba players, they train together.

      • money2long - May 20, 2013 at 6:07 PM

        they have changed summer league to make it more competitive. the knicks still view shump as not that experienced. he was called ‘rook’ for like half the season this year, & he didn’t even play the whole year. playing in summer league does sound a little bizarre for a player like shump who’s sorta already figured out his game and niche in the nba, but the way the nba has changed summer league to have a playoffs and make a champion in the end, this can’t be that bad of a platform for shump to get some burn. he could do both, as far as playing nba guys and summer league guys. summer league isn’t that long. and everyone there is pretty much scratching and clawing for contracts. those guys will at least play hard. shump’s young. he can’t take the grind of year long ball. it’ll keep him competitively prepared anyway heading into next season. and young guys need all the on court time they can handle.

        that said, i can still see how this would be a head scratcher, because like i said, we already know iman’s niche in the nba.

      • money2long - May 20, 2013 at 6:10 PM

        shump’s young. he CAN** take the grind of year long ball.

  2. moseskkim - May 20, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    Shumpert needs to work on his shot. He gets wide open jumpers every game but kisses most of them. I don’t question his passion and defense but if u think his jumper is anywhere close to consistent, u haven’t watched many ny games.

  3. jda247 - May 20, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    I don’t see the logic of Shumpert playing in Summer League. He’s coming off injury, why risk it. How bout you throw Stoudemire in Summer League, maybe he can find his game schooling the youngbloods.

    • badintent - May 22, 2013 at 1:36 AM

      I think you have a good point. Both Shum and Stod should get some rust off. Shum needs to get a NBA quality jumpshot and Amare needs to work on conditioning.Shum should wear a protective brace. Good to go.

  4. starvingardens - May 20, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    I think they’re trying to make him play in the summer league so that they can try to bait and switch the team that drafted Nerlens Noel with his high top fade. Haha… j/k The reason why might be to getting him used to playing team ball as opposed to passing to the 2 and possibly 3 black holes that suck the basketball from the other players hands (JR, Carmelo, & STAT). They didn’t have a lot of ball movement in the playoffs, and really don’t know what they have in Shump due to his injury. So… what better way to find out.

  5. dgforreal - May 20, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    Not sure if this is wise or not. He was just having knee issues recently I thought. May want to skip this time around to make sure everything is on the up and up. He’ll have other chances to play.

  6. jjacks1122 - May 20, 2013 at 9:13 PM

    Maybe they want to see how he looks offensively with a higher volume of shots (to replace JR Smith’s numbers)?

  7. newyorkfootballjets - May 21, 2013 at 12:01 AM

    Really like the idea because we all want him to be a full time starter and learn to replace smiths offensive numbers but scary because of injury concerns, he really could be the next harden with way better defense

  8. sportsnut101 - May 21, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    Send Amare to work on his def. cuz he never learned. Yes shumpert needs to work on jumper. But u do that by shooting jumpers over n over least 500 shots a day for months Don’t risk injury on knee for summer league

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