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Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony were both given huge contracts to come to the Garden and turn around the Knicks franchise. Judging from the first 10 games of this season, the acquisitions were absolutely worth it.
Despite missing two games, Stoudemire has been incredible for the Knicks. He has averaged 21 points and nine rebounds in this early campaign while Anthony has averaged 26 points, six rebounds and four assists.
Without these two players, the Knicks would be in serious trouble. The 2011 midseason acquisition of Anthony yielded mixed results last season, but the two players are obviously developing more chemistry together and yielding better results.
Anthony has already been clutch down the stretch early on in this season. He single-handedly took over the game against Boston to pull out a win for the Knicks as he scored 20 points in the second half and clinched the game with a pair of late free throws.
In this four-game winning streak, Anthony has averaged 25 points per game. The Knicks haven’t had a consistent offensive threat like Anthony since Allan Houston.
If Carmelo can keep this up, the Knicks can be a very dangerous team.