"I hope the guys at home watching realize that the show is not all the way about you being able to technically dance. [It is about] being able to be yourself, letting Dancing with the Stars come out here and tell your story to allow people to root with you in other avenues besides basketball. I know as basketball players we get trapped in that a lot, to be an athlete all the time. If this is not proof enough for you that you can be more, you should look harder at the Mirrorball. Envision yours.”
— Iman Shumpert, the first professional basketball player to win Dancing With the Stars, explains to Extra why he thinks more ballers should look to diversify their fanbase and demonstrate their skills off the court. The girl dad also revealed that his wife Teyana Taylor advised him to go into each moment on the competition show as a "performer." Her advice worked! Shumpert and his partner Daniella Karagach won season 30 of DWTS after earning a perfect score of 40 for their cha-cha and foxtrot mix to "September" by Earth, Wind & Fire and another perfect score for their freestyle dance to a medley of “Lose Control” by Missy Elliott featuring Ciara and Fat Man Scoop and “Bounce” by DJ Clent.