There was great concern about how Amar’e Stoudemire would impact the success of the New York Knicks when he returned. To the delight of Knicks fans and his fantasy basketball owners, Stoudemire is playing his basketball since the 2010-2011 season.
Stoudemire’s injuries have caused him to age poorly and have been the basis for many experts deeming his contract a liability. However, in the month that his minutes have begun to pick up, Stoudemire has never failed to make at least half of his shots in any game.
The key? Raymond Felton. In the eight games since Felton returned from his pinky injury, Stoudemire has shot 68% from the field to the tune of 17.5 points per game. The numbers have been a reflection of how coherent these two are on the offensive end. Felton routinely knifes through the lane to find Stoudemire wide open on the baseline for easy dunks.
The ease with which Stoudemire is getting to the basket with the help of Felton was apparent in two perfect shooting nights in the past two weeks. These two performances account for Stoudemire’s first games without a miss since the 2007-2008 season.
Stoudemire joins teammate Tyson Chandler among the top-five in the NBA in field goal percentage. You have to credit Felton for his vision and passing prowess along with Carmelo Anthony for his willingness and ability to draw double teams. All four players mentioned are top-tier fantasy starters at their positions.
See if you can pluck Stoudemire away from his current owner if his recent performance has been overlooked. His rebound numbers have been down due to Chandler acting as a vacuum underneath. However, an increase in rebounds, as well as slightly more points can be expected once his minutes begin to climb just in time for the fantasy playoffs.