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In his hey-day, Amar’e was nothing less than an offensive monster. Even after micro-fracture surgery, he was lighting teams up with a dominant mix of skills and relentless athleticism to the tune of 20-plus points per game and nearly 10 rebounds. Although he was an incredible player in his own right, much of that past dominance came from playing the pick-and-roll with Steve Nash. Now that he’s in a system where the ball is stopping a lot on the wing (Carmelo Anthony’s favorite spot), or being swung for shooters, Amar’e is likely going to have to generate his own shots whether posting up or facing up defenders. As can be seen, his numbers last season declined drastically in comparison to prior seasons. Sure, he may not have been 100 percent healthy, but that’s still a huge drop off for a guy like Amar’e.
He’s not the primary weapon on offense anymore, and considering that the Knicks haven't figured out how to make two of the game’s most talented scorers coexist in the same lineup to this point, it seems to safe assume that they never will. When you saw Carmelo and STAT play alongside each other, it was an awkward tug of war offensively. It was like both took turns attempting to score rather than making each other better. Another interesting fact is the Knicks’ record last season with and without Amar’e. When Amar’e was playing, the Knicks went 22-25. When Amar’e was out of the lineup, the Knicks’ record dramatically changed to an impressive 14-5. Interestingly enough, the Knicks actually scored seven more points on average without Amar’e than they did with him—obliterating the myth that they’re better offensively with him.
The fact remains that the Knicks simply don’t need him whatsoever for his offense. Carmelo and company are generating enough offensive output without Stoudemire that keeping him on the roster is simply illogical. At this point he’s an overrated offensive player (within the current system) and poor defender, neither of which will get the Knicks any further to their goal of a championship. Their positive win record without him is indisputable. They are simply better sans Amar’e, and they’ve proven it so far this season.