At his best, Stoudemire adds a dynamic, front-court scoring option for the Knicks which in theory is the type of player that can open things up offensively for Carmelo Anthony and shooters like J.R. Smith on the perimeter. Only problem is, with Stoudemire in the mix, things haven't always gone as planned for the Knicks.
New York Daily News reporter Frank Isola thinks Stoudemire should remain on the shelf and not muck up the mix for the Knicks by trying to return from knee surgery for the second time this season. Stoudemire only played in 29 games, averaging 14.5 points and five rebounds in 23 minutes per game.
Stoudemire missed the first 30 games of the season before returning in a reserve role. The Knicks were 16-13 in Stoudemire's 29 games before he pulled the plug on March 9th for another procedure on his right knee. Stoudemire did play in one of the Pacers best performances of the year when they beat the Knicks 125-91 which included a 44-point second quarter.
Shortly after Stoudemire shut it down, the Knicks lost four in a row on a West Coast swing. But then they put it together, winning 13 in a row and finishing the season 16-2 to lock up the No. 2 seed in the East.
The Knicks have been shuttling players in and out of the rotation all season, so I can't imagine adding Stoudemire to the mix will be that big of a deal. I also wouldn't expect him to make a major impact since the Knicks are going to go as Melo goes.
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