Kings guard Iman Shumpert explains team’s unexpected new nickname

Iman Shumpert

The Kings are a young team on the rise, and Iman Shumpert recently shed some light on the squad’s newly acquired nickname.

The Kings are a young team on the rise and Iman Shumpert recently shed some light on the squad’s newly acquired nickname.

“We’re ‘The Scores,” Shumpert said after practice last week, via NBA.com. “We come, we try to score fast, we try to score at a high rate. We have a lot of young bodies. It’s cool to be on a team where we don’t know who’s going to score it.”

The 28-year-old Shumpert has always been seen as an up-and-coming player, but now he’s a legitimate nine-year NBA veteran. He’s just one cog in the scoring machine the Kings have created this season. Sacramento is only 11-11, but they’re in a better place than most people expected them to be in. They’ve stashed a bevy of lottery picks with plenty of upside.

Buddy Hield is the team’s leading scorer, averaging 18.4 points. However, the Kings have five other players who are averaging double-digit scoring numbers this season. Shumpert is close to being their seventh player to do so, as he’s currently averaging 9.5 points per game.

“We’re just going to share the sugar.” Shumpert said. “Whoever is going that’s who we’re feeding. We’re playing off the energy. Calling us ‘The Scores’ is a reminder that we all can do it … It don’t matter who scores we just got to win.”

If the Kings develop the young pieces they have and maintain their offensive versatility, they could end their 11-year playoff drought soon.

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