Knicks pick Iman Shumpert, Nets trade for Marshon Brooks
The Knicks picked Iman Shumpert for their 17th pick, and the Nets traded up to the 25th pick to get Marshon Brooks. Iman Shumpert is a 6-6 guard, 222 lbs., out of Georgia Tech, with a 40′ vertical. Knicks exiting president Donnie Walsh picked Shumpert because he is a good shooter, willing passer, and has the ability to defend the 1-3 positions. The NJ Nets wanted Marshon Brooks at all costs, and luckily only had to trade their 27 pick (JaJuan Johnson) and a 2014 second-round pick to the Boston Celtics for Marshon (25th pick). Marshon Brooks is a prolific scorer, a senior out of Providence who averaged 24.6 ppg, last season, and set the Big East single game record with 52 points on Feb 23. Check out reactions on the trade!
Spike Lee said, “I never heard of Landry Fields before we drafted him, I’m with Donnie Walsh, and we need defense. No arguments here.”
“He shot the ball extremely well. His shot’s not broke. Some guys you see, and you can tell right away they can’t shoot and they’re going to have to learn form. He has good form, he was hitting shots, he can defend very well. Very well. And he’s got tremendously long arms, so I really liked him a lot,” Walsh said. (espn)
“As the draft went on, because there [were] other guys that could have fallen to us, and I was like ‘Whoa, if he falls down, we’re going to have to take him.’ And they got taken right before us, and we ended up doing what we did, and I was happy with that,” Walsh said. “At some point you look and there was three teams to pick, and you had four players there, so you know we were going to do all right.” (espn)
“I shot it real well. I impressed everybody. They all said I couldn’t shoot, and I shot it well,” said Shumpert, who estimated he made 17 or 18 of 25 NBA-range 3-point shots during shooting drills. (espn)
“We tried to trade up to get him even higher than 25,” said Nets GM Billy King, who had Brooks ranked 15th on his draft board. “But fortunately, we were able to get our guy.” (espn)
“I’m very excited to play for this organization,” said Brooks, who was born at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, N.J. “I know they have good management and have made good decisions in the past year. I’m looking forward to it.” (espn)