Shumpert demonstrated two important aspects of his game in the last year's playoffs: on-ball defense and three-point shooting. Both were so effective, the Knicks would welcome them if that were all he did.
But Shumpert has higher hopes, which, as he says, means tightening up his handle, learning to play more freely and thinking a bit less. During Shumpert's stint at point guard in 2011-12, we saw that he has the vision and passing ability to run an offense. Since then, he's added a lethal three-ball to his repertoire. But with an added capacity to handle the ball and finish at the rim, the 23-year-old could blossom into the offensive player Knicks fans have always hoped he could.
- John Dorn