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Iman Shumpert Is The First Former NBA Player To Win "Dancing With The Stars"

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Iman Shumpert wins Dancing With The Stars

Dancing With the Stars is an American where professional dancers partner up with celebrities and do dance competitions against one another. At the conclusion of the recent season, there was history made. 

It has recently been revealed that Iman Shumpert is the winner of the 30th season of Dancing With the Stars, along with his dance partner Daniella Karagach. He is the first former NBA player to be a winner in the show. Tory Barron of ESPN reported the news.

That's 2016 NBA champion and "Dancing with the Stars" winner Iman Shumpert to you.

The former Cleveland Cavaliers guard and New York Knicks 2011 first-round draft pick made history when he and partner Daniella Karagach emerged victorious in the 30th season of the show.

While Shumpert is far from the first former professional athlete to be named Mirror Ball champion, he is the first ex-NBA player to boast the distinction.

To be fair, he's also the only one who is married to singer-songwriter, dancer and choreographer Teyana Taylor. While we can't say for certain that Taylor played a role in the 31-year-old's preparation for the competition, having her in his corner certainly didn't hurt.

Meanwhile, Taylor had one piece of advice for how her husband could emerge victorious on Monday: "Sell it."

And sell it he did. Shumpert and Karagach's freestyle to "Lose Control" and their cha-cha/foxtrot fusion dance to "September" both earned perfect scores of 40 out of 40 in the finale.

There were many fans who have previously lauded Iman Shumpert's dancing skills, and he clearly deserved to win in the Finals, with his last dance being absolutely spectacular.

Iman Shumpert has now conquered a new challenge, and perhaps he could return to the league in the future. He is known as an athletic defender, and that could help a lot of teams. As of now though, let's hope that he is enjoying his victory.