Iman Shumpert may only play a bit-part role for the Cleveland Cavaliers these days – earning a ring last season after appearing in 54 games (49 off the bench) – but there was a time when the Oak Park, Illinois product shaped as a potential superstar for the New York Knicks.
As a reminder of Shumpert’s explosive talent, we’re going to take you back (not too far) to the 2013 NBA Playoffs – Knicks vs. Pacers.
Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks had secured the second seed – largely thanks to Melo’s scoring title: 28.7 PPG – and were hosting the third-seeded Indiana Pacers in the second round of the Playoffs.
The Pacers took the series 4-2, but the 22-year-old Shumpert produced this epic one-handed putback in Game 2.
Shumpert, whose tenure with the Knicks was interrupted by injury, linked with the Cavs in 2015.