But even now, he's a made for the bench player. Not consistent enough from 3
8 great games, and a good stretch to 12 doesn't convince me that JR is the consistent player we all hope is. Another couple of weeks like this, and I'll turn around.
But as much effort as he gives defensively, he's not a smart defender on ball. Has way too many bad fouls, and isn't consistent enough of a 3pt shooter, or efficient enough as a scorer consistently to be considered a great 3rd option offensively ( I seriously trust a healthy Raymond more). The thing during this stretch that's impressed me isn't his scoring, it's nothing new. You give an inefficient volume shooter more minutes and more shots and points will come during certain stretches, and this is absolutely the best stretch of JR's career. But, the playmaking out of the pick and roll and decision making, the rebounding, and overall effort (even defensively, but just the effort) and selflessness is what's made him such an overall impact player. Add that to the fact that he's a capable scorer, who is making up for a lot of injuries and he's been an absolute hero for this team.
Basically what I'm saying is JR is a wild card. Wild Cards like that are made for the bench if you have the talent to make it happen. He's a better 3pt shooter when feeding off of better players like Melo, which would point to him needing to start. However, his overall erratic play, inconsistent shooting, need for over dribbling one on one possessions to get the points he's getting (the screen and roll addition has helped with this, but it's highly visible still) through jumpshots (not so much layups) plus that whole defense thing, and he's a 6th man type wild card.
Shump on the other hand (WHEN HEALTHY) is a flat out impact player night in and night out with his defense. I seriously think he was absolutely the best overall perimeter defender in the league last year. On ball he was amazing, but he can guard his guy and still get his hands in there to help out his teammates, and make his rotations too. Knew who to leave and who know to leave for rotations, and had great recovery. The guy was just amazing for a rookie. But when he began to round out his offensive game later in the season, and he still has a lot of rounding out to do, I can see him being a stud. I think he can be at worst a 13ppg scorer (Edit: eventually), with good playmaking ability that I also believe will develop, and his 3pt shot was improving (and if he gets that, it's a done deal for me). But, an all defensive first team performer. Stephen A says his sources say the front office believes Shump is the Knicks second best perimeter player after Melo, which is saying a lot this year.
In reality, I guess I'm saying the difference between he and JR is that I think he has a higher BBall IQ. Hopefully, when he gets healthy he just improves upon what he has already shown. No matter if it's this year or next.
And don't get this post wrong. I love JR, always have. I think he's very productive and always was, he just very erratic. He also plays a style where he needs the ball in his hands, which fits the 6th man role, unless he can actually becomes the knock down shooter that his talent suggests.