The New York Knicks selected Georgia Tech guard Iman Shumpert with the 17th pick in the NBA draft tonight. The 6′ 5” combo guard was a Yellow Jacket for three seasons before entering the draft. Let’s hope this Georgia Tech guard works out better than the last Yellow Jacket to grace us with his presence (and head tattoo) at Madison Square Garden (Stephon Marbury for those who weren’t sure).

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets guard Iman Shumpert (1) passes the ball down court after stealing it from Virginia Cavaliers guard Mustapha Farrakhan, background, in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011, in Atlanta.

Iman Shumpert, newest New York Knickerbocker

 

Shumpert will be a solid reserve for the Knicks this season, seeing minutes in the rotation behind Toney Douglas, Chauncey Billups, and Landry Fields. Lets face it, the Knicks didn’t play any defense this past season. Shumpert should help change that. Ideally he’ll be the heir apparent to Chauncey Billups after his contract expires following next season. Shumpert was one of the top defenders in the ACC, as he was on the ACC All-Defensive Team as well as 2nd Team All-ACC.

This pick also does not hurt the chances of Chris Paul joining the Knicks following next season. After all, Landry Fields struggled at the end of the season, and looked like the 2nd round rookie that he was. With Billups being gone after next season, there could be a potential back court of Shumpert and Paul.

New York needs defense to contend for an Eastern Conference Championship, and probably still need more, but Iman Shumpert should offer some help, hopefully sooner rather than later. More on the Knicks’ 2nd round pick and more detailed information to come tomorrow.