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Knicks Take Georgia Tech Guard Iman Shumpert

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With their only pick in the NBA Draft, the New York Knicks selected Georgia Tech guard Iman Shumpert with the 17th overall selection.

Did this pick address the Knicks’ need for a center, a lockdown defender or a shooting guard?  Not so much.

Shumpert averaged 15 points in his 3-year career with the Yellow Jackets.  This past season, he averaged 17.3 points and became just the 4th player in ACC history to lead his team in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals.

Shumpert is a bit of a project.  He doesn’t have a real position at 6-5 but he is very athletic though. He is a pretty good defender but a horrendous shooter (40% from the field last year and 29% from 3-point range). This was a bit of a surprise since Shumpert wasn’t projected to go this high and he wasn’t even invited to the NBA Draft green room.

The pick was the last made under the direction of team president Donnie Walsh, who decided he won’t return when his contract expires June 30th.  Glen Grunwald will take over for Walsh on an interim basis.

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