Iman Shumpert is slowly earning his way into the Knicks’ starting lineup and a promotion could happen sooner than later. It just didn’t happen on Friday until the second half.
Shumpert replaced Toney Douglas at point guard in the third quarter and played a significant role in the Knicks’ 99-96 victory over the Wizards. The first-round pick out of Georgia Tech had seven assists, six points and four steals in the second half, and there is a possibility that Shumpert will start on Saturday in Detroit.
Mike D’Antoni says he’ll consider a change after Douglas played just 12 minutes on Friday and missed all five of his shots. The Knicks coach thought about making a change before the game against Washington but after talking to his coaching staff and sleeping on it for one night he decided to keep Shumpert in his role as first guard off the bench.