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Nuggets.com Q&A: Iman Shumpert


From his remarkable leaping ability to his scoring and playmaking skills to his lockdown defense, Iman Shumpert has plenty of traits coveted by NBA executives.

Shumpert averaged 12.7 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 2.3 steals in three seasons for Georgia Tech. As a junior last season, he became the seventh player in ACC history to lead his team in scoring, rebounding and assists.

After working out for the Nuggets on the Pepsi Center practice court on June 1, the 6-foot-6, 220-pound Shumpert spoke with Nuggets.com.

Q: How did the elevation effect you?
A: The altitude is a little tough but after a little while you get rolling, it was fine.

Q: What do you think you can bring to an NBA squad that they are looking for?
A: Versatility and energy. I feel like I can defend three different positions. Point guards, shooting guards, and small forwards who don’t want to play too much in the post. I think I am a good help defender as well as just bringing a lot of communication to the floor.

Q: What are these workouts doing for you and how do they help you round out your game?
A: It’s great to go to every city and every coach is different. Every coach helps you on something different especially today I just learned in those 2-on-1 situations to make the guy make a decision. A lot of times I play in between. Going in, every city, every guy has a different method of how to play. Just getting pointers from every team is great. Anything to have the advantage.

Q: What did the Nuggets ask of you while you were out there?
A: Basically to just command the floor, especially as guards. Command the floor, make demands, tell the big man where you want him to go, a lot of communication, push the ball, and everybody play hard. They just want everybody to come out here and compete and I feel like we came out here and did that.