The Detroit Pistons handed the New York Knicks their seventh consecutive loss at the Palace of Auburn Hills on Monday night. Carmelo Anthony‘s supporting cast lacked in scoring but for one exception. Amar’e Stoudemire continued his remarkable performance during the loss.
Stoudemire scored 22 points and grabbed six rebounds in 32 minutes of action. He has also made an impressive 9-of-11 field goals. Despite a combined 50 points between Anthony and Stoudemire, the Knicks’ defense was no match for the Pistons’ frontcourt and lost 96-85.
Stoudemire has been the most efficient scorer outside the paint for the Knicks this season. He averaged his career-best of 58 percent shooting last season. This year, he was able to continue his resourceful method to scoring the basketball by shooting 55 percent from the field. He’s been able to score 10 points per game in only 20 minutes a night. Now with a more responsible role, Stoudemire may be able to increase his scoring average.
It’s a shame to recall Stoudemire’s past performance in his debut season with New York. He was mentioned as a possible MVP candidate through multiple sports media outlets. Unfortunately after Anthony arrived to New York, Stoudemire’s string of injuries resumed. He may appear to be a shadow of his old Phoenix Suns days, but his game has evolved in a positive way.
The Knicks owe Stoudemire approximately $23 million next season. His face up shooting and slash to the basket combination is a good fit for for role player during the postseason when the game slows down its pace. He may not be worth his current contract, but his unique post game may interest a top playoff contender if he agrees to play for a smaller salary in the near future.