Former NBA player Iman Shumpert wins ‘Dancing with the Stars’ – NBC Chicago
Former NBA player Iman Shumpert wins ‘Dancing with the Stars’ originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
NBA champion Iman Shumpert has added another trophy to the collection: the Mirrorball Trophy awarded to the winner of âDancing with the Starsâ.
Shumpert, who played primarily for the New York Knicks and Cleveland Cavaliers during his 10-year career, became the first former NBA player to achieve victory in the series’ 30 seasons.
Shumpert, 31, and his professional dance partner Daniella Karagach got perfect marks for their fusion routine on “September” by Earth, Wind & Fire. The duo got another perfect score for their second dance, a freestyle performance on Missy Elliott’s âLose Controlâ.
Shumpert, who won an NBA championship with the Cavs in 2016, grabbed his new material as if it were the Larry O’Brien Trophy.
Shumpert had a secret weapon of sorts in the competition: his wife Teyana Taylor, singer and choreographer.
He also received support from former leading teammates of LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony on social media.
Selected by the Knicks with the No.17 pick in the 2011 draft, Shumpert has averaged 7.2 points and 3.3 rebounds per game over his career.
Shumpert joins the list of professional athletes who won “Dance with the Stars”. Among others, he features NFL running back Emmitt Smith, Olympic figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi, NFL wide receiver Hines Ward and Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez.