The New York Knicks could have added another scorer in the 2011 NBA Draft, pleasing Mike D'Antoni. Or another big man, pleasing Amar'e Stoudemire. Or a defensive-minded point guard who might be the next Rajon Rondo or the next Orien Greene, pleasing a very small subset of crazy and possibly psychotic Knicks fans.
In his final decision at the helm of the Knicks, Donnie Walsh played to those crazy and possibly psychotic Knicks fans.
Gained: Iman Shumpert.
Gave up: Nothing.
Synopsis: Iman Shumpert is, I have quickly learned, one of the most controversial men in America. As a Georgia Tech guard, I assumed he was awful. The world built Derrick Favors' case in 2010 partly based on the fact that Georgia Tech has awful guards. I assumed the world would not lie to me.
But hark! Shumpert is said to be a great defender -- that's not just Paul Hewitt smoke and mirrors -- and a playmaker. He just can't shoot. (Good thing the Knicks don't ask their guards to take a ton of threes.) It sounds like Rondo, but we'll understand if the New York crowds need to be convinced.
And if he's not? That's a nice kick in the pants from Walsh to the organization.
Grade: Uh ... C? OK, C.
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