Sam SpiegelmanI’m beginning to sound like a broken record, but again let me add a caveat: Carmelo Anthony is capable of taking home these honors every week. Anthony has led the Knicks in scoring in all 21 games this season.
But one player emerging from — well, the dead — is Amare Stoudemire, who after what seems like three dozen knee procedures has surfaced as a key contributor off the Knicks’ bench.
After sitting out against the Orlando Magic last Friday, the 11-year veteran began to find a rhythm in the Knicks’ lopsided loss against the Boston Celtics. Off the bench, Stoudemire dropped 17 points on 5-of-7 shooting.
Stoudemire continued his hot shooting in the loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, scoring 15 points and grabbing five rebounds. And last night, in the win over the Chicago Bulls, Stat went 14-9, including three offensive boards, in the 83-78 victory.
Stoudemire’s offensive surge and his improving ability to battle on the boards is certainly putting him in the discussion for starting consideration, not to mention he performed so well in his first back-to-back of the season.
The longtime Knicks forward is out-playing Andrea Bargnani, and it’ll be interesting to see how Mike Woodson proceeds from here on out with Stat.