New York Knicks: Do Amar’e Stoudemire’s Defensive Deficiencies Hurt MVP Chances?

January 6th, 2011 by Vin Getz Leave a reply »
I know. I know. It's early. But it's never too early to dream and dissect. The Knicks fans' thundering "MVP" chants at the Garden can already be heard all the way to Times Square.

They're onto something.

Amar'e Stoudemire is staking his claim to the Maurice Podoloff Trophy, and at this juncture he has as good a chance as anyone in the NBA to win it.  If Amar'e maintains his torrid offensive pace for the remainder of the season, more than a few sportswriters will feel compelled to pen "Stoudemire" in the first-place slot come June.

Stoudemire leads the league comfortably in field goals and is second in points per game and total points.  He went on a franchise record-breaking tear scoring over 30 points and shooting over 50 percent nine games in a row. During that offensive explosion, the Knicks had their first eight-game winning streak since the 1994-95 season.

No wonder the Knicks lead the league in scoring (107.8 ppg).  Last year, they were 10th.

That's not the only impact Amar'e has had on the team. The Knicks finished 29-53 (.354) last year.  This year they sport a .588 winning percentage so far ...

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