Iman Shumpert: Former Champion Becomes First NBA Player To Win Dancing With the Stars
2016 NBA champion Iman Shumpert adds another trophy to his closet after winning Dancing with the Stars.
In the show’s 30 seasons, Shumpert became the first basketball player to take the crown or even make it to the finale, winning alongside professional partner Daniella Karagach.
Shumpert and Karagach defeated finalists JoJo Siwa and Jenna Johnson (2nd), Cody Rigsby and Cheryl Burke (3rd) and Amanda Kloots and Alan Bersten (4th) to take home the Mirrorball Trophy.
Shumpert and Karagach received a perfect 40 out of 40 for their foxtrot combo in “September” by Earth, Wind & Fire and followed up with another great score with their freestyle “Lose Control”. ” by Missy Elliott with Ciara and Fat Man Scoop and “Bounce” by DJ Client.
“I had a coach who wouldn’t let us throw basketballs, told us ‘Don’t throw basketballs at my team,'” Shumpert told Karagach. “You’re the coach saying, ‘Don’t just dunk it. 360 it.’ …Everybody wants to play for that coach.”
Shumpert’s performance drew a lot of support from his former NBA teammates during his time on the show, with many taking to Twitter to congratulate him.