2016 NBA Champion Iman Shumpert made NBA history Monday night, in a way: he became the first former Association star to win the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy, winning Season 30 of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.
Shumpert, 31, was already the first former NBA star to reach the show’s finale, and outlasted fellow finalists JoJo Siwa, Amanda Kloots, and Cody Rigsby to become the first athlete to be named DWTS champion since figure skater Adam Rippon, who won the truncated all-athlete Season 26 in spring 2018.
Overall, Shumpert is the 12th athlete to win in 30 seasons – a list that includes six former Olympians, four ex-NFL players, IndyCar driver Helio Castroneves, and now him.
Paired with partner Daniela Karagach, who finished third in Season 29 with rapper Nelly, Shumpert got off to a rocky start, posting the second-lowest score in Week 1, the second-lowest combined score after Weeks 1 and 2 (when the first elimination took place), and the second-lowest score in Week 3.
However, the fan votes continually kept Shumpert alive, and after posting the lowest score in Week 5, Shumpert got a perfect 40 In Week 6, and ended the competition with a pair of perfect scores in the finale to become the first NBA start to go from hardwood champion to ballroom best.
Prior to Shumpert’s victory, Rick Fox, who finished sixth in Season 11, was the highest-placing hoops star in show history, as basketball players have not fared well on the show. Of the seven previous NBA or WNBA players other than Shumpert and Fox to attempt the ballroom, two – Metta World Peace and Charles Oakley – were the first eliminated, Derek Fisher finished 11th, Lamar Odom finished 10th, Clyde Drexler was eighth, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and WNBA star Arike Ogunbowale tied for seventh in the all-athlete Season 26.
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has also competed, placing eighth in Season 5.
Shumpert, 31, spent 10 seasons in the NBA after being selected by the Knicks No. 17 overall in the 2011 Draft. He spent three-plus seasons at MSG before being dealt to Cleveland in a four-team deal in January 2015, and he also made stops in Sacramento and Houston before finishing his career in Brooklyn, playing 13 games in 2019-20 and two last season with the Nets.
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