Mike Woodson says Iman Shumpert must improve on both ends of the floor

Mar 21, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Knicks head coach Mike Woodson talks with guard Iman Shumpert (21) during the second quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. The Knicks defeated the Sixers 82-79. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

If New York Knicks guard Iman Shumpert wants to beat out J.R. Smith for the starting spot, he’ll have to demonstrate improvement as both a defender and as an offensive threat. At least that’s what head coach Mike Woodson outlined when asked about Shumpert on Monday:

Defensively, he’s got to start being more solid and not so overaggressive that he gets beat.


Iman plays hard. That, to me, is the thing that’s kept him on the floor. [But] he’s just got to figure out, we’ve got to help him figure out, [how] his game that coincides with what we want to do.

He’s got to be able to play pick-and-roll offense [and] he’s got to be able to run the team with the ball in his hands, because our [point guards, shooting guards and small forwards] handle the basketball (ESPN).

Who would you prefer to see be the starter, FanSided New York fans? Let your vote and reasoning be heard in the comments below.

[Source: ESPN]

Topics: Iman Shumpert, Mike Woodson, New York Knicks

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