New York Knicks fans tend to be very opinionated about Iman Shumpert. Some still believe he'll be a star. Other's believe he's an overrated flop. Most will agree that he's a good defender. However, everyone knows this shortcomings are on the offensive end. That's why he's excited to show what he can do in the triangle offense.
Phil Jackson disciple, Derek Fisher, is already installing the triangle offense as New York's new system. As long as everyone buys into the needed ball movement this system could really benefit Carmelo Anthony, J.R. Smith, Andrea Bargnani, Amare Stoudemire, Pablo Prigioni and Shumpert.
"The way it's set up, you can start three guards, it really doesn't matter. Everybody's going to get touches, everybody gets opportunities to cut," Shumpert said of the triangle offense. "It's constant action going on. So I think that I'll be able to capitalize on that and I'll be able to use my athleticism a lot more than standing in the corner.
"I know this year in the offense I will have a lot more opportunities to cut and get to the basket," he added. "I just want to work on the strength of my leg. Been working on that and being able to pull up off one or two dribbles [and working] on corner [3-pointers] and open 3s."
No one has worked harder this off-season to get himself healthy and become accustom with the triangle offense. If his legs are fully under him it's a great first start for Shumpert. If he can understand the triangle offense inside and out he has a good chance to make an impact next season for the Knicks.
How the offense plays is predicated what the defense does. It will take time for all of the Knicks players to get on the same page reading defenses. It will be hard to watch at some point. However, Shumpert should be one of the players who show improvement under Fisher's guidance.
Long term this transition is best for the Knicks. If the same can be said about Shumpert remains to be seen. That being said, he should be able to make it work.
lf the work he's put in this off-season is any indication, Shumpert has bought in to the new system and franchise direction. He's been one of the more popular names mentioned when it comes to trade rumors. However, if he's here next season he could make a big impact for New York.
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