2011 NBA Draft Results: Knicks Select Iman Shumpert, PG, Georgia Tech

The New York Knicks desperately need size, but their search for big men will continue. With the 17th pick in the first round of the 2011 NBA Draft, the Knicks Thursday night took Georgia Tech guard Iman Shumpert. Shumpert is known as a very good defender, which begins to help fill a big hole for the Knicks. As a sophomore at Georgia Tech last season, Shumpert averaged 17.3 points per game to go along with 3.5 assists and 5.9 rebounds per game. He has a lot of size for a point guard at 6-foot-6, and draft-central site DraftExpress.com compares him to a bigger version of Kyle Lowry.

As with any draft selection, each player will be judged by not only how they do, but how the people who are drafted behind them end up as pros. The Knicks passed on the best defensive player in the draft, Florida State forward Chris Singleton, and the best rebounder in the draft, Morehead State's Kenneth Faried. The Knicks may have been better off taking either of them over Shumpert, but only time will tell.

It will be interesting to see if the Knicks will purchase another pick either late in the first round or early n the second round. If they do, you'd think they have to look to fill the size/rebounding need.

-- See SB Nation New York's NBA Draft Hub for more coverage.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation New York

You must be a member of SB Nation New York to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation New York. You should read them.

Join SB Nation New York

You must be a member of SB Nation New York to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation New York. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.