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All-Star Odds: 3%
If it weren't for star power, this 31-year-old forward wouldn't have a lot to warrant an NBA career at this point. His six All-Star appearances and past reputation as an elite scorer have managed to keep Amar'e Stoudemire's name relevant over the last couple of years, despite health troubles and a subsequent fade to insignificance.
His name may be enough to garner some tallies in the fan voting, but Amar'e's impact in the league is far from noteworthy these days. He's not a viable candidate to sniff the East's All-Star lineup, either.
It took him several weeks to return to game shape, and after being overused by Mike Woodson over a five-games-in-seven-nights stretch, Stoudemire will be forced to rest, according to the New York Daily News.
There's been a bit of controversy regarding just how banged up Stoudemire is. Per Frank Isola's report:
Stoudemire did not travel with the Knicks for Wednesday’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks but seemed to suggest he would be available for Saturday’s game against Memphis.
Using his @Amareisreal account, Stoudemire tweeted: “Fans, IM NOT INJURED, just want u to know I’m ONLY stay’n bk bc of 6 games n 9 days w/ bk2bks! Body & Knees feel great!”
Through his first 11 games, he shot just 44 percent on five shots per game, scoring five on average over 15 minutes. He couldn't explode vertically or side to side, and was a predictable, out of sorts black hole with the ball. On defense, Stoudemire may have been even worse than he's been in years past, which is an incredibly difficult ebb to reach.
He has since improved his fit and output with the Knicks, but it's been proven numerous times over the last two seasons that Stoudemire is capable of nothing beyond role-player minutes anymore.
The most the Knicks can ask of Stoudemire in 2013-14 is 20 minutes nightly, to sink at least half his shots, and to not be a complete liability on defense. Amar'e has already played his last All-Star Game minutes.