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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Shumpert shines in first day of Vegas Impact League

Just a brief reminder that, somewhere, dudes — and in some cases our dudes — are still playing basketball. Yesterday marked the kickoff of the Impact Basketball Las Vegas Summer League, which is expected to include upwards of 70 current pro players.

Team D will in effect be Knicks West for the next few days, and includes four current Bockers on its roster: Chauncey Billups, Iman Shumpert, Roger Mason, Jr. and Shawne Williams. On the first day, Shumpert’s the only one who got any burn. But burn he did!

There’s not much in the way of reportage out there (at least not that I can find). But I did come across some fine guerilla reporting from one “Yuck Fou” over at Posting & Toasting:

Here are some notes I made from the Team D’s first game.
Made a left turn at the third Elvis and pulled into the Impact parking lot.
There were only five players on each side so no substitutions. Four ten minute quarters with a five minute halftime. There were maybe 200 people in attendance so I could move around to the D-Bags half of the court and sat maybe 10 feet from the action.
In the first 3 minutes Shumpy stole the ball, got a couple of rebounds and missed a wide open 3. After that he made at least 5 threes in a row, mostly from the right corner. Stole the ball a couple more times got at least 6 assists and made a nifty off balance put back on an offensive rebound. He also made a few two pointers and I only counted 2 misses. I’n not sure what the official box score will look like but he scored at least 20 points by my unofficial count.
My cellphone went off with about 2 minutes to go so I had to get to someplace quiet and missed the final two minutes of action but by that time the Bags were down by about 10. I’m not sure if they won or not, but I think they probably lost.
Shumpy pretty much stayed on the outside for most of the game.
Anyway my overall impression was of a guy who lets the game come to him, didn’t force up any bad shots, and if given a sliver of space will burn you. He’s got a nice stroke.
Jorts was not in attendance and since there was no program I am not sure who anyone else was except for Corey Magette. From what saw I think we can be encouraged.
That’s it. Now back to the tables.

There was also this, from Celtic reporter and Knation sworn enemy A. Sherrod Blakely:

“There were a handful of rookies here, but Shumpert was hands-down the best of the bunch. His athleticism was impressive, but he showed the ability to knock down jumpers as well which would make him an extremely tough cover in the coming years. He had 25 points and six rebounds.

So that’s good! Obviously we’re talking about the smallest of sample sizes here. Still, all accounts suggest that Shumpert is poised to be the kind of instant-impact rookie this sorely depleated Knicks team will need, if indeed a full NBA schedule miraculously comes to fruition.

Thinks he remembers those Draft night boos?

 

 

7 comments on “Shumpert shines in first day of Vegas Impact League

  1. Jafa

    Very encouraging news. Love that he was knocking down 3s and letting the game come to him. Would love to know more about his defense though, that is if they are playing any defense at these games.

  2. Z-man

    Actually, as I posted in the last thread, he was only 1-4 from 3, but that would make him 10-10 from inside the arc!

  3. Frank

    meanwhile there is no way there will be a full season. either the agents win and the NBPA decertifies and this all gets fixed in 2013, or the owners just keeping squeezing and the players break around thanksgiving. If I were the players I would make my best offer right now, say ok to the hard cap but make it a relatively high % of BRI, write some clauses in to protect the middle class players cut of the pie, and offer partially guaranteed contracts (ie. lots of guaranteed $ up front like in the NFL). Or else it will only get worse from there.

    not that i really mind that part of the season will be canceled. i think the regular season is too long anyway, and it can only help Amare stay healthy, can only give NJ less time to woo D-Will, etc.

  4. BigBlueAL

    Just read this tweet from someone watching the games in Vegas:

    “Shumpert is the only guy playing defense on his team.”

    As someone else mentioned on Twitter which made me crack up, this probably wont be the last time we say this about Shumpert lol

  5. massive

    In Shumpert’s 2nd game, he had 19 points (3-4 shooting from downtown), 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, and 2 turnovers. In his 3rd game (vs. DeMar DeRozan), he had 26 points and 6 rebounds. DeRozan, however, had 35 points and 6 rebounds. There isn’t much defense being played at these games, though. Josh Selby scored 42 points, Kyle Lowry had a 20-20 game, Austin Daye had 33 pts & 6 rebs, Jared Dudley had 24 pts and 9 rebs . . . you get the point. Shumpert has displayed some good athleticism, and even froze a defender with a Rondo-esque ball fake on a euro-step to the basket that resulted in a dunk. He’s also shooting the ball well, and not forcing anything, despite leading the team in scoring for all 3 games. I like what I’m hearing so far, but I’d like to see how things change when Chauncey and Extra E arrive.

  6. d-mar

    Frank:
    meanwhile there is no way there will be a full season. either the agents win and the NBPA decertifies and this all gets fixed in 2013, or the owners just keeping squeezing and the players break around thanksgiving. If I were the players I would make my best offer right now, say ok to the hard cap but make it a relatively high % of BRI, write some clauses in to protect the middle class players cut of the pie, and offer partially guaranteed contracts (ie. lots of guaranteed $ up front like in the NFL). Or else it will only get worse from there.

    not that i really mind that part of the season will be canceled. i think the regular season is too long anyway, and it can only help Amare stay healthy, can only give NJ less time to woo D-Will, etc.

    Yeah, but a shortened season also means back to back to back games, and if you remember from 1999, that resulted in some pretty horrid basketball. (On the other hand, the Knicks went to the Finals that year, so maybe it wasn’t all bad!)

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