Is Amar'e Stoudemire an upgrade over David Lee?

Ronald MonestimeCorrespondent IJuly 6, 2010

Prior to the conclusion of the 2009-10 NBA season, New York Knicks starting center David Lee was playing on borrowed time, despite becoming the first Knickerbocker selected to participate in an All-Star Game since Allan Houston and Latrell Sprewell in 2001.

So when Knicks President of Basketball Operations Donnie Walsh completed his mission of clearing enough salary cap space to sign two elite free agents this summer, it virtually guaranteed that Lee would not be returning to New York next season.

The final nail in the coffin for Lee, who led the Knicks in scoring and rebounding, was Amar’e Stoudemire agreeing to sign a five-year, $100 million contract with the Knicks; leaving New York unable to resign the St. Louis native if their plans to attract another premiere free agent come to fruition.

Therefore, with the writing clearly on the wall, it would be as an appropriate time as any to analyze what the Knicks would be losing in David Lee versus what New York will be gaining in Amar’e Stoudemire.

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