Knicks Blog Player of the Week: Amare Stoudemire

Sam Spiegelman

Carmelo Anthony,  Amar'e StoudemireI’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.

5 comments
Sal Aspromonte
Sal Aspromonte

I'm so happy for Stat.  Personality wise, he is my favorite player on this team.  Just seems like a really cool dude.

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

JR is so far down on my s***t list.

This guy needs to be out of the rotation.

onewhoknix
onewhoknix

Amare deserves credit for this week and his defense yesterday was the best I have seen him play as a Knick. He helped force a lot of turnovers and has been a big help as far as the only one on the team who wants to get to the rim. I still would love to see him shoot that jumper more (which appears to be back in form) in order to open up for the post moves.

If I am gonna knock JR who has been playing awful, I have to knock on Shumpert. Our production from the 2 has been awful this year. Our lone brightspot has been Tim Hardaway JR.

P.S. How the hell does Woody put JR Smith back into the game after a typical doofus JR move by pushing Heinrich into Dunleavy on a 3-PT Attempt!! Get this guy off my damn team. He is a disgrace and is the opposite of what NY basketball is about. Disgusting.

po_diddley
po_diddley

I agree with you about JR and Shump, but THJr's man to man defense is terrible as well. How many times has he been beaten off of the dribble in a 1:1 situation? Granted he has no help either, but if people are going to knock everyone down a peg, I think THJr deserves it as well.

STAT is the only player on our team acting like a leader on the floor.