Iman Shumpert was just starting to peak in last year's playoffs. He had demonstrated a much-improved shooting stroke, but his critics suggested that it could have just been a streak of fantastic luck in a small sample size. This performance, months removed from last season, shows that Shumpert's shooting prowess is indeed real.
Coming into the game, Shumpert was challenged by Coach Woodson, who publicly said that the third-year guard hadn't earned a spot in the starting lineup just yet. Iman responded by coming off the bench to shoot a perfect 7-for-7 from the field, including three 3-pointers. He also showed the ability to create off the dribble which will be a deadly complement to his shooting ability in keeping defenders off balance.
Whether he starts the game or comes off the bench, Shumpert showed why he will be a key piece to the Knicks' success this season.