Over the course of the offseason, Buckets Over Broadway will be doing year-end report cards of the New York Knicks roster. The roster experienced a decent amount of overhaul this season, so we’ll simply be covering the core players of the 2012-13 team. Players will be analyzed by their offense, defense, and overall contributions throughout the season. Next up is Amar’e Stoudemire.
Offense: Amar’e Stoudemire sadly missed time once again due to injury as he didn’t make his season debut until January 1 after requiring knee surgery in training camp. When he did come back, Stoudemire looked very rusty for a while.
But then his timing came back and Stoudemire provided the Knicks with another reliable scoring option off the bench. He only played in 29 games before suffering yet another injury, but his numbers were quite impressive.
STAT finished the regular season with averages of 14.2 points and 5.0 rebounds per game, while shooting 57.7 percent from the floor. However that really doesn’t tell the entire story of how effective Stoudemire was as he played just slightly over 23 minutes per game. Looking at his Per 36 minutes averages, Stoudemire averaged 21.8 points and 7.7 rebounds, which more resemble the old Stoudemire. In addition, he finished with a 22.1 PER, which really is impressive for a guy coming off the bench in limited minutes. Too bad it didn’t last. Grade: B+
Defense: Stoudemire made the comment during the season that he has never been taught how to play defense before. Once again it showed. He can’t defend the pick-and-roll and athletic big men just abuse him on a nightly basis. I give him credit for trying, but it’s just hard to have him on the floor in the fourth quarter as opposing teams will continue to attack him.
When he was on the floor, his teammates had to scramble too much to make up for his mistakes. STAT is working on his low-post moves once again this summer with Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon. Maybe he should also make an appointment with a defensive specialist. Grade: D
Overall Grade: It’s hard to consistently grade out Stoudemire because we once again saw so little of him. But while I loved what he did offensively, he still has a long ways to come to even become an adequate defensive player. Overall Grade: C
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