Former Knicks first-round pick arrested for marijuana possession

Former New York Knicks security guard and NBA champion Iman Shumpert was arrested last Saturday after police allegedly found a “substantial” amount of marijuana in his bag at a Dallas airport, according to multiple reports – including TMZ and the New York Post .

Shumpert was pulled over at the Dallas/Fort Worth airport on Saturday afternoon, where he admitted to police that the substance was marijuana, according to TMZ.

In all, police told TMZ that the marijuana weighed 6.12 ounces, which is a “state prison crime.” The charges mean the former Knicks first-round pick faces up to two years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted. Shumpert was handcuffed at the time of the arrest, TMZ reported.

Looking back at Iman Shumpert’s career with the Knicks

Shumpert, locally better known as ShumpStreet, was a popular player after the Knicks drafted him 17th overall in 2011.

In four seasons with the Knicks, Shumpert averaged 7.9 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.3 steals in 26.2 minutes per game.

His best year was actually his rookie campaign when he averaged 9.5 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.7 steals. The numbers were good enough to take fifth place in the NBA Rookie of the Year poll.

His biggest highlight in New York was his sophomore year, when he flew in a nasty put-back slam against the Indianapolis Pacers in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

Shumpert’s career high came in 2014 with the Knicks when he lost 27 points in 13 shots to the San Antonio Spurs.

In the end, Knicks fans were left relatively frustrated with Shumpert, who never made the leap that many expected of him after his stellar rookie year.

In January 2015, Shumpert was traded with his bench unit partner JR Smith to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Lou Amundson, Alex Kirk and a second-round pick in the 2019 NBA draft (yes, that was the trade). New York finally got Lance Thomas in the deal.

Shumpert then had a similar four seasons in Cleveland, where he averaged 6.7 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1 steal in 24.4 minutes per game.

His years in Cleveland peaked in his first full season with the Cavaliers as the team won the NBA championship in the 2015-16 season.

Shumpert didn’t contribute much to the team, but during the playoffs that year he averaged 17.5 minutes per game while catching 3.3 points and 2.2 rebounds on the run.

Shumpert got on the clutch in the deciding Game 7 of the series, knocking down an momentum-changing four-point game in the first half and contributing six points and strong defense against the likes of Steph Curry and Klay Thompson.

After Cleveland, he eventually bounced through the league, going from Sacramento to Houston to Brooklyn, where he ended his career after playing 10 NBA seasons. He didn’t have some big games until 2018 when he lost 26 points for the Kings.

Most recently, Shumpert won another title, winning season 30 of Dancing With The Stars in 2021 — becoming the first NBA player to do so.

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