Iman Shumpert On WFAN: Being Drafted By Knicks A ‘Dream Come True’

NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Iman Shumpert didn’t hear the boos at the Prudential Center after his name was called Thursday night. But he heard about them.

The Knicks’ pick at No. 17 isn’t worried about the reaction he got at the NBA draft, he’s confident Knicks fans will come around.

“I didn’t see any reactions, really. My family screamed when they saw it, I couldnt really hear anything. I was a little overwhelmed,” Shumpert told WFAN’s Craig Carton on Friday morning. “For now, they’ll have their reactions and hopefully I can change their minds once we get onto the court and start to play.”

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The 6-foot-5 guard averaged 20.4 points for Georgia Tech last season. He’s just the fourth player in the history of the ACC to lead his team in scoring, rebounding, steals and assists.

Now, he’s ready to step up alongside the Knicks’ bevy of stars.

“Chauncey Billups is, you know, one of my favorite players, one of the guys I idolized being young,” he said. “And then Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire, two guys I also look up to, being able to play alongside those guys, learn from those guys and just playing and growing with those guys, it’s something that I can’t even describe right now, I can’t even put it into words. It’s something that’s just a dream come true.”

After the Knicks selected Shumpert, Anthony tweeted: “My man Iman. look forward to working wit u. Hope I can be a great teacher to u.”

Carton wanted to know, since the newest Knick is a defensive whiz, will he be teaching Carmelo a thing or two?

“I don’t know about teaching,” Shumpert said with a laugh. “It’s something I take pride in and it’s something that I’m gonna do.”

Shumpert described his game, noting Knicks fans might be in for a little fun at the Garden.

“Uptempo, really passionate, and it’s just playing hard on both sides of the floor, something I pride myself in,” he said. “And I’m also very interactive with the crowd, so hopefully they like that.”

What do you think of the Knicks’ pick? Sound off in the comments below…


One Comment

  1. steve says:

    This is the worst pick in knick history. He was projected to go late second round. The only time we had good drafts is when isiah thomas was in command. He knows talent. Isaih would have taken erik gordan over jordan hill. He knows talent. It is a crying shame that coach Zeke is not team president, gm and head coach. Donnie Walsh is just a honky who has no buisness being in new york, good riddence to him and i hope the door hit him in the ass.

    1. JHOVA says:

      u a lame and a hater stevie -boy

  2. Shana Rainey says:

    Great Pick, Go New York God just blessed You with some more Great Talent. Iman Shumpert

  3. Markstripes says:

    While I would have taken Singleton over Shumpert, I’m alright with this pick. I understand why Walsh went for Shumpert, since Singleton would probably not get much playing time with Anthony, and Stoudemire already in place. Also, Shawne Williams did a solid job backing them up, and there is much more of a need for depth in the backcourt, with Billups aging, Fields struggling, and Douglas coming off shoulder surgery. There is no question that Shumpert can play right away, especially since he plays excellent defense. My only real concern about him is his 40% shooting percentage. If he can improve his shot selection, he could be a great pick.

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