Will Amar’e Stoudemire Shine or Struggle in Year One With the New York Knicks?

September 21st, 2010 by Allen Kim Leave a reply »
Amar'e Stoudemire was the big free-agent signing of the summer for the New York Knicks. Receiving a five-year, $99.7 million contract, there are high expectations for the explosive power forward.

Reuniting with coach Mike D'Antoni—the coach he has had the most success with—Stoudemire will be expected to replicate his best years on the Suns as he is unquestionably "the man" here in New York.

Of course, the big question surrounding Amar'e is whether or not he can thrive without Steve Nash setting him up. Many do forget that Amar'e was quite successful before the two-time MVP joined the Suns. Stoudemire beat out high-profile center Yao Ming to win Rookie of the Year in 2003. The following year he increased his scoring average to 20.6 points per game, and even made it on the 2004 Olympic squad.

The Knicks have a rather underrated point guard in Raymond Felton to put the ball in positions for Amar'e to score. Felton excels in transition and pick-and-roll situations with his ability to turn the corner and take it to the hoop. Raymond may never be as good as Steve Nash, but he's certainly talented enough to do a convincing impression playing ...

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