Jan 17, 2013; London, United Kingdom; New York Knicks guard Iman Shumpert (21) drives against Detroit Pistons forward Tayshaun Prince (22). 02 Arena. Mandatory Credit: Paul Cunningham-USA TODAY Sports

Iman Shumpert Return Is Huge For The New York Knicks

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Second year guard Iman Shumpert, who had major knee surgery last May, made his long awaited season debut last Thursday in London against the Detroit Pistons.

Shumpert, who will be on minutes restriction, only played 15 minutes in his season debut, but he did, and will, inject some life into a fatigued New York Knicks roster. Shumpert did not miss a beat; he was explosive on offense, penetrating well and getting the ball inside more, and was also aggressive on defense–something the Knicks need.

While on the court against the Pistons, the Pistons shot just 30 percent but jumped to 51 percent when Shumpert was on the bench.

Last season, Shumpert showed he is a good defender. He had 2.1 steals per game, and the Knicks were almost two points better on defense with him on the court.

The guard coming back will provide a few things the Knicks lack: youth, much needed depth and a defensive boost. Something NBA teams should start worrying about.

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