Amar'e Stoudemire was expected, upon his return from knee surgery, to cause problems for a New York Knicks team that got off to a torrid start without him. On the contrary, STAT is thriving in his new role off the bench and has become a dominant weapon for Coach Mike Woodson.
Stoudemire is averaging 14.1 points per game in just 23 minutes while shooting 59 percent from the field. Those numbers have increased over the past few weeks as he has regained his explosiveness. According to NBA.com, over his last 10 games, Amar'e is averaging 17 points on 66 percent shooting.
Perhaps most importantly, he, Tyson Chandler and Carmelo Anthony are playing well together. The Knicks have an offensive rating of 118.5 and a net rating of 13.1 when the three are on the floor at the same time, per NBA.com.
If Stoudemire continues to thrive in his new role, New York will be very difficult to beat in the playoffs.