When the New York Knicks picked Amar’e Stoudemire up in 2010, they thought they were going to get the guy who averaged nearly a double-double in every one of his first seven full seasons. However, injuries and inconsistent play have hampered the big man and forced the Knicks to make a tough decision in the upcoming months.
He missed some extended time in 2005-06 due to knee cartilage damage which allowed him to play just three games all season long. Injuries have been no stranger to the big man who was once a Phoenix Suns superstar. Stoudemire saw his average climb all the way 26 points per game, and his rebounds hovered around nine per game during his time with the Suns.
Seemingly a prime candidate to bolster the Knicks’ frontcourt, Stoudemire has been anything but healthy lately. The Knicks did win their first division title since 1994, but Amar’e watched most of those games from the sidelines.
Playing in just 29 games in 2012-13 regular season and four postseason games, Stoudemire saw his role with the team diminish. He finished the season with no starts in the playoffs or regular season. Prior to this season, he had started every game he had appeared in since 2006-07 and had started all but 15 of his 670 career games.
The question for the 30-year-old star remains: should the Knicks trade him?
In my opinion, it would only benefit this team. While he could provide huge numbers when healthy, the chances of him being healthy for an entire season are slim.
In fact, he has only played in over 70 games in six of his 11 NBA seasons. This is a recipe for disaster for the Knicks if they decide to keep the ailing star.
There are many teams out there that would love the idea of Stoudemire anchoring their frontcourt and taking a bit of a risk with his health.
So, should the Knicks trade him? Yes, they should. Getting even a little bit of help in exchange for the guy who has had one healthy season with the Knicks would be extremely beneficial.