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Posted on: November 11, 2008 11:55 am
Edited on: November 11, 2008 12:33 pm

 Phoenix Suns logo I'd like to take a moment to take a step back and take a good look at Amare Stoudemire right now. It's sometimes difficult to look at him as a player in an objective light... a lot of people have been tricked to dislike him based on the common belief system regarding his defense, (Which isn't as bad as you think) whereas most people have a hard time giving him a lot of credit for what he does on the offensive end. (Trust me, it's not like he gets 12 dunks a game that are spoon fed to him by Nash, though that notion has faded some over time.) Take a quick jump back to middle ground, that includes you Suns homers too, and take a quick, yet objective, look at what Amare Stoudemire has done through the first eight games of the season...
Through the first 8 games he averaged 25.8 PPG, 9.3 RPG, 2.7 APG, 1.5 SPG, 1 BPG in 38.2 minutes a game. He did this on an absolutely unreal 67.1 FG%, also shooting 86% from the free throw line. Now that, in and of itself, is a hell of a statline, but if you start looking at putting his scoring numbers into perspective, he is averaging 25.8 points a game on 13.2 shots a game. That is 1.95- points per shot. Looking at it another way, Amare is #6 in points per game behind Tony Parker (27.4), Danny Granger (27.2), Chris Bosh, Tim Duncan and LeBron James (26.0).

He leads the league in FG%, Go figure...

However, Amare's scoring prowess is well documented, and while it's even more ridiculous than normal, it still doesn't shock and awe Suns fans and skeptical critics. What is interesting is his apparent need to be unselfish and make good passes. While his turnovers to assist ratio is nothing to be proud of, he has significantly increased his assist totals this year and is visibly making better decisions on the offensive end. He's not just being a finisher or score, he's rounding into a more complete offensive player.

Perhaps the most exciting part of the season, however, is Amare's focus on the defensive end. Terry Porter must have got a hold of him and shook him or something, because he is clearly playing better off ball defense this year. He's playing passing lanes, contesting shots and, perhaps most importantly, not picking up stupid fouls that take him out of the offensive end of the game. You combine this with the fact that he's doing a better job boxing his man out (instead of flying around trying to snatch the rebound), and pulling down the contested rebounds that we really need on the defensive end. His 9.3 RPG isn't a particularly impressive number, but you watch him play and you can see the difference in his attitude on the defensive end....

it's refreshing, and frankly, about damn time.

Category: NBA

Since: Oct 29, 2008
Posted on: November 11, 2008 8:05 pm


He's a faster, more technically skilled version of a young Sean Kemp.  He's put in so much work on his offensive game...his instincts are great , mid-range jumper is extremely accurate, got lots of moves, and he is as close to automatic as a finisher.  Congrats STAT for kicking some serious tail.  He even seems to be showing progress on the defensive side of the ball.  There, he has a long way to go (even though he is a great off-the ball shot blocker). 

Since: Jun 27, 2007
Posted on: November 11, 2008 3:48 pm


The point per shot average dropped, it was at 2.06 the other day (Amare was contained to 18 points on 13 attempts or a measly 1.38 point per attempt, Kareem Abdul Jabbar's career average was 1.37) If that number holds anywhere around 2, anything above 1.9 is entering a realm of statistical accomplishment in sports that has only been breached recently by Bonds, Tiger and Gretzky.

Since: Oct 13, 2006
Posted on: November 11, 2008 3:25 pm


MIGHTY MOUSE---I MUST AGREE WITH YOUR COMMENT,THE PRESENCE OF SHAQ has really allowed Amare Stoudemire to play his game-50+ points the other night,Great pick Mighty when they play the Suns and the Cavs i smell a upset is in the making of the hot stew.Trust me.Mighty Mouse you are on my Fav 5 list.TRIPLE 777

Since: Mar 10, 2007
Posted on: November 11, 2008 3:12 pm


Oh Amare Stoudemire how I love you.  It is absolutely incredible what he has done so far this year. I've seen about half of the Suns games and love the explosiveness he has.  Half the time he looks as though he just exploded out of a cannon and is ready to blow up the hoop.  The statline is amazing to say the least, 67.1% shooting even for 1 game is impressive but through 8 that is unheard of.

I sadly got last pick in my fantasy league and picked Amare up with the 12th pick in the draft.  He has definitely not dissappointed.  I think the added resurgence of Shaq has helped Amare out a great deal too, especially being able to play PF again. 

 Do you think Amare will be able to keep this pace up the entire season? 

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