Iman Shumpert began his National Basketball Association (NBA) career as the 17th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. A few years down the line, he emerged an NBA Champion with the Cleveland Cavaliers following their impressive run in the 2016 NBA season. No doubt, Iman has seen good times in his career but that, notwithstanding, he has been embroiled in misconducts that are not so laudable for a player aiming for the top like he is. But, is he really guilty as accused?
Here, you will learn all about it, but first, let’s take a look at the background of the player and see how dogged he has been over the years on the basketball court.
Early Life And Career Begining Of Iman Shumpert
The baller was named Iman Asante Shumpert after he was born on June 26, 1990, in Oak Park, Illinois to Odis Shumpert (father) and L’Tanya Shumpert (mother). He has as his siblings: Kasani, Odis Jr. and Ahrii Schumpert (all boys) with whom he was raised in Oak Park, Illinois.
As he came of age, he was enrolled at Oak Park and River Forest High School where he began playing basketball more competitively. Iman was so impressive in his days as a high school basketball player for which reason he was first team all-state player, conference MVP as a junior and senior, and a third-team Parade All-American. After high school, the young baller proceeded to Georgia Institute of Technology to play with the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets men’s basketball team.
True to his nature, the impressive form he picked up in high school continued in college in the two seasons (2008–2011) he played B-ball as a college student. Asante got for himself, a listing in the 2009 ACC All-Freshman Team, ACC All-Defensive Team and a Second-team All-ACC both in 2011. He declared for the 2011 NBA Draft on March 28, 2011, deciding to forego his remaining years of college eligibility.
The New York Knicks picked Iman Shumpert as the 17th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft as their much-priced shooting guard. Iman had a productive stay with the Knicks, earning for himself an NBA All-Rookie First Team award in 2012. Nevertheless, he equally suffered several injuries during his stay with the Madison Square Garden-based team.
Shumpert’s next move was to the Cleveland Cavaliers following a trade the Knicks made over him. With the Cavaliers, Iman saw the 2015 NBA Finals which they, unfortunately, lost to the Golden State Warriors. As the next season came, he also helped his team to another NBA finals which they finally won against same the Golden State Warriors after refusing to throw in the towel despite starting off with a 3-1 loss. As his services came to an end with the Cleveland’s, Shumpert was again traded, this time, to the Sacramento Kings on February 8, 2018. He is looking forward to improving his career during his stay with the Kings.
Family: Wife, Daughter
The shooting guard is married to Teyana Taylor; the renowned American dancer, recording artist, actress, and model. The couple did not actually wed until October 2016 but prior to this, they had their daughter Iman Tayla Shumpert, Jr. on December 16, 2015. The tot was delivered by the NBA star with his bare hands in their home after his beau went into an early labour on that day.
Just a few celebrities have had scandal free marriages, for some, they actually did something while for others, it might be a case of wrong accusation or some ex-wanting to deal a major blow on a former lover who has moved on and is doing well.
In the case of Iman Shumpert, it is best to say that his marriage became a victim of cheating rumours which did not hold water. It happened that his former Cavaliers teammate Tristan Thompson had something to do with a side chick of his who claimed there was more than one Cavs player she was drilling behind closed doors as she posted on her Instagram account. She then went on to make a post about missing Iman Shumpert which quickly sparked off rumours that Iman was cheating on his wife. As the rumours went wild around April 2018, more and more people began to disbelieve the claims that Iman cheated on Teyana. It wasn’t too long and it died out. The couple is still together and going on strong in their marriage.
The NBA shooting guard has an estimated net worth of $14 million. Shumpert is one athlete who does not fancy spending money lavishly. He reportedly saves and invests half of his paycheck no matter what his income is. Shumpert also enjoys endorsement deals with Adidas and Nike.
His Height and Other Facts
- The baller stands at a height of 6 feet 5 inches or 1.96 m.
- In high school, Iman was rated No. 15 by Scout.com while Rivals.com rated him No. 26 amongst all of the nation’s senior basketball players.
- He has a knack for music. Iman has released songs like Knicks Anthem, the mixtape Th3 #Post90s and Dear Kendrick at various times following his wife’s footsteps.