Iman Shumpert combine review

Former Georgia Tech guard Iman Shumpert “did fine” in at the NBA draft combine, according to NBA scouting director Ryan Blake. The combine was last week in Chicago. It’s not the most glowing assessment, but the fact is there’s not a lot a player can do to jump off the page.

There’s measurements, physicals and some drill work, as well as interviews with teams. There used to be five-on-five play at the combine, but not anymore. Blake figures that would have been to Shumpert’s benefit. He did what he could.

“He was in great shape, he was competitive, he worked out well,” Blake said.

Blake stood by his previous assessment, pegging Shumpert in the category of “second round to undrafted.” From his research, Tech coach Brian Gregory concluded Shumpert is safely in the draft and should be an early-to-mid second-rounder. The website draftexpress.com slots him as the No. 2 pick of the second round.

A big challenge for Shumpert is that, while it’s not a strong draft, it does have a lot of point guards in it. There’s Kyrie Irving (Duke), Brandon Knight (Kentucky) and Kemba Walker (Connecticut) at the top to start out with, followed by Jimmer Fredette (BYU) and Josh Selby (Kansas).

ESPN.com ranks him as the No. 11 point guard and No. 42 player overall. It seems as if Shumpert is in a pool with other point guards – including Shelvin Mack (Butler), Malcolm Lee (UCLA), Diante Garrett (Iowa State), Nolan Smith (Duke) and Isaiah Thomas (Washington) – in which he’ll have to distinguish himself just to have a chance to get into the first round.

Blake pointed out again that Shumpert’s weakness is his jump shot. For what it’s worth, ESPN’s Chad Ford reported that Shumpert “drew some praise for shooting the ball well.” Blake said Shumpert competed hard in the drills and gave good effort. If you’re wondering, he measured at 6-4.25 without shoes, 221.8 pounds, 6-9.25 wingspan, reached 8-3.5 while standing and has 6.5 percent body fat.

Said Blake, “He can be a Royal Ivey-type big guard to come off the bench, be a distributor, that last-option scorer.”

Ivey, if you’re wondering, is in his seventh year in the NBA, starting out with the Hawks as an early second-rounder out of Texas in 2004. He’s averaged 12.7 minutes per game, mostly off the bench, with a 3.5 points per game average. Not exactly glamorous, but he’s made an estimated $5.7 million in his career. Not a bad living. (For what it’s worth, Shumpert’s numbers were largely better than Ivey’s at Texas, although Ivey played for a much better team.)

Does Iman Shumpert have more of an NBA future than Royal Ivey?

Does Iman Shumpert have more of an NBA future than Royal Ivey?

Lastly, an interview on youtube from website draftexpress.com. In it, Shumpert said he didn’t have a dominant big man to play with at Tech before catching himself and saying he didn’t use Gani Lawal and Derrick Favors as much as he should have. Interesting.

28 comments Add your comment

fan

May 22nd, 2011
4:47 pm

The coach should have caught that non use of his big men and taken appropriate action….but…

Wish I could have made $5+mil during my engineering career. Good luck!

Hoopla

May 22nd, 2011
8:12 pm

Iman was one of the worst players in Tech history.

Just look at his record!!!

BravesFan79

May 22nd, 2011
8:19 pm

I would love for the Hawks to find a way 2 get Jimmer Ferdett!
As far as Shumpert goes….he can hit layups, but isnt a great passer, dribbler or shooter. Sadly, he will never be heard from again. Just like Gani Lawal. Even tho Lawal did find for the Suns in summer league, i was dissapointed to never of heard from him in the season.

Biff Pocoroba

May 22nd, 2011
8:32 pm

The Hawks will draft Iman so that they can have another guy to force bad jump shots 20 times a game. The Hawks will petition the NBA to allow them to use two balls at a time so that everyone can get plenty of missed shots each game.

chewyandrw

May 22nd, 2011
9:05 pm

Hoopla-Really? You are moronic…A terrible in-game coach and no talent around him bad his record bad. I def wouldnt say he is one of the worst players in Tech history.

Hoopla

May 22nd, 2011
9:37 pm

I was actually trying to mimic all the Tech fans who say Aaron Murray is a bad quarterback based on his record.

Thanks for proving my point.

Enjoy your evening.

Ken Sugiura

May 22nd, 2011
10:11 pm

BravesFan – for what it’s worth, Gani Lawal was called up to the Suns in December and tore his ACL. Hopefully he’ll rehab well and get another shot whenever the lockout ends.

supersize that order, mutt

May 23rd, 2011
1:29 am

Hoopla, I’ve never heard any Tech fan claim that Murray isn’t a good QB. I for one, think he’s a very good QB, but as long as he has Bobo for an OC, the mutts will probably never see him at his best. Of course, that’s good for everybody who has to face him.

Glenn

May 23rd, 2011
8:15 am

Why write this? He is no longer a part of GT and sorry but this guy isn’t worthy of any recognition. What did he accomplish while at tech? The lack of comments further proves this point. WHO CARES!

RAMBLE ON!!!

May 23rd, 2011
9:55 am

Hello Europe!

Eric

May 23rd, 2011
10:06 am

Even though he left us early, Iman is still part of the GT family and I think many of us are interested in how he does in the future. I would be happy to read more information here about how he and other former GT players are doing.

Dennis

May 23rd, 2011
10:47 am

Shumpert will make it in the NBA based on his defense. Shut down some good players in ACC, his shot will come with practice, but defense is desire.

pcb mike

May 23rd, 2011
10:54 am

Wish him well, but he he very inconsistent at Tech.

Connie Lingous

May 23rd, 2011
2:23 pm

I doubt the negative comments here are from actual members of the GTU community. Those of us paying attention realize Iman was a good ballplayer for us and a hell of a representative of the University and we wish him well.

I Used Biff Pocoroba First (wah wah wah, I know)

May 23rd, 2011
2:28 pm

Biff Pocoroba
May 22nd, 2011
8:32 pm
The Hawks will draft Iman so that they can have another guy to force bad jump shots 20 times a game. The Hawks will petition the NBA to allow them to use two balls at a time so that everyone can get plenty of missed shots each game

You mean there’s not enough other potential blog names for you to use that you have to copy one that someone else (like me) uses rather frequently on AJC Blogs?? So you must be some kind of loser to steal a blog name and then bash a potential second round draft pick while bashing the hometown Hawks all in the process. You should really be banned from blogging or maybe suspended for a little while anyway.

GT Fan ...

May 23rd, 2011
2:42 pm

If IS played for Coach K at Duke instead of the idiot that coached him at GT, he’d be a 2-time All American with a NC ring, and at the top of many draft boards.

IS has the measurables & talent but PH just couldn’t find a way to use it.

And I shudder to think of how good Favors would’ve been under Coach K … scary good, I bet!

ben

May 23rd, 2011
3:45 pm

Never played with a dominant big man? That’s because you wouldn’t pass them the ball.

Paddy

May 23rd, 2011
5:55 pm

Just don’t see him making a NBA squad. I hope I am wrong!

RamblingsWrecked

May 23rd, 2011
9:07 pm

Connie Lingous: What is “GTU”? You mean “GIT”?

Shump is the latest in a long, sad series of promising players who left school a year too early and will end up laying developmental-league or Europe ball. I was stunned he stayed in the draft, despite it being clear that he wasn’t getting selected in the first round (or the guaranteed contract that goes with it)

Outside Observer

May 23rd, 2011
9:41 pm

Connie, not to be negative, but what kind of a GT fan refers to it as GTU or representing the University well? University is not mentioned in the name. Instead we are more affectionately referred to as the institute. We are only one of like five schools in the county to not have university in the name, so try to embrace it.

Biff Pocoroba

May 23rd, 2011
10:57 pm

Sorry used, but I’ve been posting under this name for a few years. And if you think that it is wrong to bash anyone from the Hawks, then I guess Mark Bradley should have been banned from the AJc years ago. I think that Sony playstation is back up now so go back to playing that and let the people who know about overrated basketball players and loser NBA teams with bad owners, coaches, and management continure discussing.

Billy

May 24th, 2011
2:59 am

If Mario West can make an NBA roster than Shumpert will DEFINITELY make an NBA roster. Elite defender, good athlete, good midrange game but needs to work make his perimeter shot more consistant

Paul Hewitt

May 24th, 2011
5:39 am

Don’t be shocked if he ends up in the lottery. His defense can be awesome.

Team Dream

May 24th, 2011
9:47 am

time for a new topic …

Tony P. Sinkfield

May 24th, 2011
10:11 am

Iman’s jump shot wasn’t that bad. However, he often took the shot at the wrong time. He will learn and develop that part of his game at the next level. Nobody gives him credit for it , but his basketball IQ is off the charts. He knows the game very well and if you have the ability to defend the way he does, he will play. Sorry to see him leave early and I wish Iman the best.

GT BBall

May 24th, 2011
11:28 am

Iman wasn’t put in the best situation at Tech. He is a scoring combo guard, not a full time point guard. He has NBA size, speed, skills and plays hard defense. With some seasoning and better coaching; he will be a good bench player for the team that selects him in the 2nd round.

404

May 24th, 2011
11:50 am

GT B-Ball coach Danny Hall has been at GT since 1994.

He has well-established a habit of choking BADLY in post-season play.

The current GT B-Ball team has a VERY good roster.

If Hall chokes again in post-season play, I’m not sure if D-Rad should keep him.

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