Iman Shumpert is one athlete with a swag that sets him apart from his peers. Popularly, he is known as the professional basketball player who is signed as a small forward with the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association (NBA). His first experience as a professional basketball was given him by the New York Knicks who selected him during the 2011 NBA draft with the 17th overall pick. He has since gone on to prove himself as a formidable player on the court and his efforts were rewarded in 2016 when he won an NBA championship with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Here are more interesting facts.
Iman Shumpert’s Biography
Iman Shumpert was born in Oak Park, Illinois on the 26th of June 1990. He attended Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School, located in Oak Park, Illinois. Whilst there, he was on the school’s basketball team with would-be professional NBA player, Evan Turner. Moving on, Iman was then enrolled in the Oak Park and River Forest High School, where he also joined the school’s basketball team. He helped Oak Park clinch three conference titles, was named a first team all-state player and earned himself the title of the “Conference MVP” both as a junior and a senior in school.
On the completion of his high school education, he gained admission into Georgia Tech in 2008. During his freshman year in the school’s basketball team, Iman averaged a total of 10.5 points and hit 34.5 percent of his three-point attempts. By the end of the 2010-2011 season, he became one of the conference’s all-defensive team member and was also named to the All-ACC second team. He would later forgo his final year of college eligibility when he declared for the NBA draft on the 28th of March 2011.
Iman Shumpert’s professional career began when the New York Knicks drafted him with the 17th overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft. On the 28th of April 2012, he was part of the squad selected to face off against the Miami Heat team. During the first round playoff, Iman sustained a knee injury which caused him to miss the rest of the season. However, considering his previous performance before the injury, he got a first-place vote as well as a total of 33 votes from a ballot filled by various broadcasters from the country as well as 120 writers. These votes did well to make him end the season in the 5th position during the 2012 NBA Rookie of the Year voting.
In the summer league game against the New Orleans Pelicans in July 2013, Iman recorded 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 points. However, the Knicks lost the game by 72-77. He was then traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers on the 5th of January 2015 and made his debut for the team on the 23rd of January in a match played against Charlotte Hornets. His contract was revised to a whopping $40 million on the 9th of July 2015. He was later traded to the Sacramento Kings on the 8th of February 2018.
Net Worth and Salary
It is no hidden secret that the earning power of top athletes especially in the basketball scene happens to be quite huge. For Iman Shumpert, he is a top basketball player with a salary of $10 million. His earning over the years coupled with his endorsement deals with world-renowned brands such as Adidas and Nike, has done well to increase his finances thus putting his net worth at a whopping $14 million dollars.
Unlike some of his peers, Iman is more of a shrewd personality as he likes to save a huge chunk of his earnings because he believes that there are people who haven’t seen a million dollars in their lifetime, however, those people live a comfortable life. More so, he is very conscious about the future which is why he saves as much as he can for the rainy day should it ever come.
Personal Life – Wife or Girlfriend
Iman Shumpert is off the market as he is married to the lovely Teyana Taylor, a professional recording artist, dancer, and actress. Before the couple got married in October 2016, they welcomed a daughter named, Iman Tayla Shumpert Jr. on the 16th of December 2015. Tayla’s birth is an interesting one because she was actually delivered by Iman with his bare hands in his home. This happened due to the fact that his wife Teyana went into labor early leaving him with no choice but to try and save the situation.
Considering that his wife, Teyana was born on the 10th December 1990, just a few months after he was born, they both share a close relationship. They also star in the VH1 reality television show called Teyana and Iman.