Countless sports writers, fans and friends alike have continued to repeat the same mantra as if it is a ritualistic initiation into an higher level of basketball consciousness. "Steve Nash made Stoudemire the player he is". "Amare won't be the player he was without Nash". Ohhmmmmmm.
Ok, it's time to put the incense out and open your eyes. Amare Stoudemire was a great player before Nash and will be one afterwards as well. Not to take any credit from Nash, because without question, he is one of the best to do it. But I think it's time to roll this belief up in the rug, and put it on the curb next to the rest of the garbage out there.
Let's look at the stats.
Note: Stats don't tell the complete story, but Nash is know for his assists and Stoudemire for his points in the paint. We will look at both and see how they compare prior to them being teammates and after to see how they impacted each other.