New York Knicks swingman Iman Shumpert's third NBA season has been a fairly sizable disappointment. Things started off poorly, thanks to a secret offseason knee surgery, and never seemed to get on track. He got mad at himself for unfocused play during the preseason and decided to get a mea culpa preseason haircut, which seemed to have the Samsonian effect of turning him from a swaggering Johnny Bravo type into something more like, I don't know, a 6-foot-5 Piglet at points.
The 2011 first-round draft pick out of Georgia Tech repeatedly found himself included in trade rumors and chatter. It never stopped feeling weird to see Shumpert shopped as New York's best trade asset at the same time as his head coach continued to slough him off, his star teammate got into it with him on the bench, and he made costly late-game errors (in the course of playing good defense on a then-white-hot All-Star, it's worth noting) that made everyone keep doubting him. His confidence all but disappeared,Read More »from Iman Shumpert shakes Paul Pierce to floor, throws down off-glass alley-oop as Knicks beat Nets (Video)