If J.R. Smith leaves the New York Knicks in free agency this offseason, Iman Shumpert is confident he will be ready to fill the void as a difference maker at shooting guard.

“I always accepted all challenges,” Shumpert said. “I would just take that as another challenge."

Even so, Shumpert would like to see the Knicks bring back the same team next season.

“I would love to play with the same team. I have no complaints on our team this year. “I would love to play with those same guys. I built crazy chemistry with those guys toward the end of the year."