Iman Shumpert

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Iman Shumpert
Iman Shumpert 2015.jpg
Shumpert with the Cavaliers in 2015
No. 4 – Cleveland Cavaliers
Position Shooting guard
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1990-06-26) June 26, 1990 (age 25)
Berlin, Illinois
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school Oak Park and River Forest
(Oak Park, Illinois)
College Georgia Tech (2008–2011)
NBA draft 2011 / Round: 1 / Pick: 17th overall
Selected by the New York Knicks
Pro career 2011–present
Career history
20112015 New York Knicks
2015–present Cleveland Cavaliers
Career highlights and awards
Stats at
Stats at

Iman Asante Shumpert (EE-mahn; born June 26, 1990) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Shumpert was selected by the New York Knicks with the 17th overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft.[1]

Early life[edit]

In eighth grade, Shumpert and fellow NBA player Evan Turner were teammates on the same basketball team at Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School in Oak Park, Illinois.[2] He went on to attend Oak Park and River Forest High School where he was a first team all-state player and was one of the nation's top 30 seniors. He helped Oak Park and River Forest to three conference titles and was named conference MVP as a junior and senior. He was rated No. 15 among the nation's senior players by and No. 26 by He was also selected to play in the 2008 McDonald's All-American Game, and was named a third-team Parade All-American.[3]

College career[edit]

As a freshman for Georgia Tech in 2008–09, Shumpert was the team's fourth-leading scorer for the season, averaging 10.5 points per game and hitting 34.5 percent of his three-point attempts. During the 2009–10 season, Shumpert underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair a damaged meniscus in his right knee on December 3, and missed six games. He went on to finish the season as the team's third-leading scorer with 10.0 points per game.[3]

In the 2010–11 season, Shumpert led his team in scoring (17.3 ppg), rebounding and assists, becoming only the seventh player in ACC history to do so. He ranked fourth in the ACC in scoring, 15th in rebounds, 10th in field goal and free throw percentage, and first in steals (seventh in the nation). He was named to the All-ACC second team and was a member of the conference's all-defensive team.[3]

On March 28, 2011, Shumpert declared for the NBA draft, foregoing his final year of college eligibility.[4]

Professional career[edit]

New York Knicks (2011–2015)[edit]

Shumpert as a member of the Knicks.

Shumpert was drafted with the 17th overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft by the New York Knicks. In February 2012, then teammate Jared Jeffries said that "he’s about as good an on-ball defender as there is in the league right now".[5] Shumpert was selected to participate in the 2012 NBA All-Star Weekend Slam Dunk Contest but was unable to due to a knee injury.[6]

On April 28, 2012, during a first round playoff game against the Miami Heat, Shumpert suffered a knee injury while dribbling in midcourt and was immediately helped off the court. An MRI later revealed that Shumpert tore the ACL and meniscus in his left knee and would miss the rest of the season.[7]

Shumpert finished 5th in the 2012 NBA Rookie of the Year voting. He received 33 total votes and one first-place vote from a ballot that was filled out by 120 writers and broadcasters from across the country. He was also the only rookie to receive votes for the Defensive Player of the Year award.

On January 13, 2013, Shumpert was medically cleared to participate in team practice. He made his season debut on January 17 in a game against the Detroit Pistons at The O2 Arena in London. He went on to record 8 points, 3 rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block.[8]

In July 2013, Shumpert played one summer league game for the Knicks, recording 2 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in a 72-77 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans.[9]

On December 12, 2014, Shumpert dislocated his left shoulder in the second quarter of the Knicks' 101-95 win over the Boston Celtics[10] and was subsequently ruled out for three weeks.[11]

Cleveland Cavaliers (2015–present)[edit]

On January 5, 2015, Shumpert was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers from the Knicks in a three-team trade that also involved the Oklahoma City Thunder. Cleveland received Shumpert and J. R. Smith from the Knicks and a first round pick in the 2015 NBA draft from the Thunder, while Cleveland sent Dion Waiters to Oklahoma City and Lou Amundson, Alex Kirk, and a second round pick in the 2019 NBA draft to the Knicks, and the Thunder sent Lance Thomas to the Knicks.[12] On January 23, he made his debut for the Cavaliers, recording 8 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists in the 129-90 win over the Charlotte Hornets.[13] The Cavaliers made it to the 2015 NBA Finals, but they lost to the Golden State Warriors in six games.

On July 9, 2015, Shumpert re-signed with the Cavaliers to a four-year, $40 million contract.[14][15] On September 29, 2015, he was ruled out for three months after suffering a ruptured Extensor Carpi Ulnaris sheath in his right wrist.[16]

NBA career statistics[edit]

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

2011–12 New York 59 35 28.9 .401 .306 .798 3.2 2.8 1.7 .1 9.5
2012–13 New York 45 45 22.1 .396 .402 .766 3.0 1.7 1.0 .2 6.8
2013–14 New York 74 58 26.5 .378 .333 .746 4.2 1.7 1.2 .2 6.7
2014–15 New York 24 24 26.0 .409 .348 .676 3.4 3.3 1.3 .1 9.3
2014–15 Cleveland 38 1 24.2 .410 .338 .667 3.8 1.5 1.3 .3 7.2
Career 240 163 25.9 .396 .342 .753 3.6 2.1 1.3 0.2 7.7


2012 New York 1 1 19.0 .000 .000 .000 1.0 .0 1.0 .0 .0
2013 New York 12 12 28.1 .410 .429 .857 6.0 1.3 1.1 .3 9.3
2015 Cleveland 20 16 34.8 .360 .355 .750 4.9 1.2 1.3 .8 9.1
Career 33 29 31.8 .376 .375 .778 5.2 1.2 1.2 .6 8.9


Shumpert's father, Odis, is an insurance broker while his mother, L'Tanya, is an adjunct professor of art and design at Columbia College in Chicago, Illinois.[3] During the 2012–13 NBA season, Shumpert's high-top fade haircut attracted publicity.[17] He shaved the fade in October 2013.[18]

Outside of basketball, Shumpert has dabbled in rap music. In 2012, he released the song "Knicks Anthem"[19] and the mixtape Th3 #Post90s. In 2013, he released the song "Dear Kendrick" in response to Kendrick Lamar's verse in the song "Control" by Big Sean ft. Kendrick Lamar & Jay Electronica. The music video for his single "Chiraq" garnered media attention over the eccentric visuals.[20]

On September 2, 2015, Shumpert announced on Instagram that he and his girlfriend, Teyana Taylor, were expecting a baby girl in January 2016.[21]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Isola, Frank (June 23, 2011). "NBA Draft 2011: New York Knicks draft Georgia Tech's Iman Shumpert with No. 17 pick in first round". Retrieved October 4, 2014. 
  2. ^ Ryan, Shannon (March 21, 2010). "Just like old times for Turner and Shumpert". Retrieved October 4, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Iman Shumpert Bio". Retrieved October 4, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Georgia Tech's Shumpert Declares for the NBA Draft". March 28, 2011. Retrieved October 4, 2014. 
  5. ^ Vaccaro, Mike (February 15, 2012). "Shumpert’s defense steals show for Knicks". Retrieved October 4, 2014. 
  6. ^ Iannazzone, Al (February 22, 2012). "Iman Shumpert out of Slam Dunk Contest". Retrieved October 4, 2014. 
  7. ^ Begley, Ian (April 28, 2012). "Iman Shumpert out 6-8 months". Retrieved April 28, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Knicks win in London, beat Pistons 102-87". January 17, 2013. Retrieved October 4, 2014. 
  9. ^ "2013 Summer League Statistics – Iman Shumpert". Retrieved October 4, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Knicks halt 10-game skid by beating Celtics". December 12, 2014. Retrieved December 12, 2014. 
  11. ^ Begley, Ian (December 13, 2014). "Iman Shumpert, J.R. Smith ailing". Retrieved January 6, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Cavs Acquire Shumpert and Smith in Three-Team Trade". January 5, 2015. Retrieved January 6, 2015. 
  13. ^ James scores 25 as Cavaliers rout Hornets 129-90
  14. ^ "Cavalers Re-sign Guard Iman Shumpert". July 9, 2015. Retrieved July 11, 2015. 
  15. ^ Wojnarowski, Adrian (July 1, 2015). "Sources: Iman Shumpert agrees to $40 million contract with Cavaliers". Retrieved July 11, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Cavaliers Status Update - Iman Shumpert". September 29, 2015. Retrieved September 29, 2015. 
  17. ^ Taylor, Nate (January 20, 2013). "Iman Shumpert’s Hairstyle Now Turns Heads". Retrieved October 4, 2014. 
  18. ^ Favale, Dan (October 14, 2013). "Knicks Guard Iman Shumpert Does the Unthinkable, Shaves Flat Top". Retrieved October 4, 2014. 
  19. ^ Mintz, Jared (December 7, 2012). "Iman Shumpert Drops New Knicks Anthem". Retrieved October 4, 2014. 
  20. ^ Iman Shumpert Busts Out Weird, but Not Entirely Horrible Rap Video
  21. ^ Cavaliers’ Iman Shumpert announces girlfriend is expecting baby girl, ‘Iman Jr.’

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