Derek Fisher taking the head coaching position for the Knicks may not be the only business New York does with Oklahoma City. Recently, the Knicks let it be known that they are willing to deal Iman Shumpert to the Thunder for one of their 1st round lottery picks.
So the question the Thunder must ask themselves now: Is it worth it?
Again, Shumpert would be brought in to replace Sefolosha, who posted a PIE (Player Impact Estimate) of 6.9%. Shumpert is bringing averages of 6.7 points to Sefolosha’s 6.3, 4.2 rebounds to Sefolosha’s 3.6, and 1.7 assists to Sefolosha’s 1.5. From that, it sounds as though Shumpert would be a slight improvement if plugged into the lineup. The slightly increased stats, however, can easily be explained by his slightly increased minutes per game, as Shumpert averaged 26.5 to Sefolosha’s 26 even. Looking at PIE tells a completely different story, however, as Shumpert’s PIE came in at 6.1%, which is 0.8% less than Sefolosha’s.
The lower PIE probably comes from the fact that Shumpert’s shooting percentage keeps falling with each passing year, and his career overall (39.1%) is actually worse than Sefolosha’s (44.2%). If a better offensive presence is what the Thunder are seeking at the position, then Shumpert does not fit the bill for them, especially when you consider that bigger names have gone public with their desire for their team to put them on the trade block.
Plus, this draft class is supposed to be one of the deepest in recent memory. When I give it serious thought, I’d rather take a chance with both 1st rounders in a deep class than downgrade at the SG position, and give up a 1st rounder in the process.
Final verdict: Iman Shumpert for either 1st rounder just seems like a bad idea to me. No sale.
Join me for Part 3 of “Shaking Up The 2 Spot” when I review the potential of Reggie Jackson’s promotion to the starting lineup, as it seems to be the popular ideas among many Thunder fans. Don’t miss it!