Mike D'Antoni praises Iman Shumpert

Updated: June 24, 2011, 11:20 PM ET
By Jared Zwerling | Special to ESPNNewYork.com

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Coach Mike D'Antoni raved about Iman Shumpert's shutdown skills, going so far as to say the New York Knicks' first-round pick could stay in front of three of the best players in the world.

"He has the athletic ability to guard a Derrick Rose or a Dwyane Wade or a LeBron James," D'Antoni said Friday.

But defense alone didn't prompt New York to take the Georgia Tech guard with the 17th pick. Shumpert, a late arrival in the Knicks' draft picture, won over D'Antoni ...

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