Former Knicks first-round pick arrested for possession of marijuana

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

Shumpert was arrested Saturday afternoon at the Dallas/Fort Worth airport, when he admitted to police the substance was marijuana, according to TMZ.

In total, police told TMZ the marijuana weighed 6.12 ounces, which is a “State Jail Felony.” The charge means 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.

A look back at Iman Shumpert’s career with the Knicks

Shumpert, better known on points 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 averaging 9.5 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.7 steals. The numbers were good enough for him to finish fifth in NBA Rookie of the Year voting.

His best moment in New York came in his sophomore year when he stole for a nasty slam against the Indianapolis Pacers in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

Shumpert’s career high came in 2014 with the Knicks, losing 27 points on 13 shots against the San Antonio Spurs.

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

In January 2015, Shumpert was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers along with bench unit partner JR Smith for Lou Amundson, Alex Kirk and a second-round pick in the 2019 NBA Draft (yes, that was really the trade) . New York also ended up getting Lance Thomas in the deal.

Shumpert then had four similar 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 culminated in his first full season with the Cavaliers as the team won the NBA championship in the 2015-16 campaign.

Shumpert was not a big contributor to the team, but during the playoffs that year he scored 17.5 minutes per game while posting 3.3 points and 2.2 rebounds on the run.

Shumpert got the upper hand in Game 7 of the series, reversing a four-point play that turned momentum in the first half and contributing six points and strong defense against Steph Curry and Klay Thompson.

After Cleveland, he ended up bouncing around the league, moving from Sacramento to Houston to Brooklyn, where he ended his career after playing 10 NBA seasons. He had some big games as recently as 2018 when he dropped 26 points for the Kings.

More recently, Shumpert won a different kind of title, winning the 30th season of “Dancing With The Stars” in 2021 – the first NBA player to do so.

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