It is too early to say what Shumpert can actually do in the NBA, but i am hopeful. He has great size and athleticism, but many of the premier "athletes" have not fared weil -- Joe Alexander and Gerald Green are recent examples. Balkman is another, so perhaps is Anthony Randolph. But, of course, athleticism helps. Gallo would be fantastic if he had Randolph's athleticism.
One thing I do like about Shumpert is that he seems to be level headed, willing to work and very inteliigent. His interviews have been terrific and Amare' and Melo appear pleasantly anxious to welcome and work out with him. He will learn a lot trying to guard Melo.
We needed to get lucky in this draft. I hope we have gotten lucky and that Shumpert becomes a Westbrook -- but without all the foced shots.