Iman Shumpert’s NBA career has spanned an entire decade. Shumpert was selected by the New York Knicks with the No. 17 overall pick in the 2011 Draft, and he recently reflected on his draft day experience on CBS Sports’ “Draft Day Memories: Presented By Jeep.” As a player that was projected to be picked in the mid-to-late first round, Shumpert didn’t attend the draft in New Jersey.
“My draft night was better than going to the draft,” Shumpert said. “New York booed me when they picked me. It’s cool now, but it was not cool then. Because my family and friends were so loud… I didn’t even know I got booed. I thought New York went crazy how my family went crazy. When I found out the next day that they booed, it hurt, but it drove me. It was fuel.”
Some players enter the league as highly-touted prospects, but that wasn’t the case for Shumpert, who used the NBA Draft Combine to boost his stock prior to draft day.