Chris Bosh vs. Amar'e Stoudemire

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Chris Bosh vs. Amar'e Stoudemire

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The 2010 NBA Offseason enticed fans and general managers with the greatest collection of free agent power forwards ever. Chris Bosh, Amar’e Stoudemire, Carlos Boozer, and David Lee all switched teams (Brian Scalabrine is still looking for a team). Bosh was widely considered the best of the bunch, but LeBron James and Dwyane Wade might have chosen the wrong third banana.

Amar’e Stoudemire has had a more productive career, based on PER, Win Shares, and honors. Although Bosh and Stoudemire have both been All-Stars five times, Amar’e has been All-NBA four times, compared to only once for Bosh. Although Amar’e is criticized for his rebounding, his career rate is similar to that of Chris Bosh. Additionally, the injury-prone label appears to be inaccurate. Amar’e has played over 78 games in a season five times, while Chris Bosh has only reached that mark once.

In the eight games where Stoudemire and the Suns played against Bosh and the Raptors, the results were not very close. The Suns record was 7-1, and Amar’e led the way with his high percentage shooting and defense. Amar’e shot 63%, compared to 51% for Bosh. Amar’e swatted two shots per game, while Bosh blocked just 0.8.

Amar’e Stoudemire will be making more money before taxes this season. So is he worth it, or was Chris Bosh the biggest prize?

Amar’e: 23.1 PPG, 8.9 RPG, 1 APG

  • He shot better than Bosh on jump shots, close shots, and dunks
  • He is inconsistent, but has had higher highs
  • In clutch situations, he shot 62%. Bosh shot 38%
  • Sports goggles are awesome
  • His nickname is more than just his initials and number, and he should help reinvigorate Knicks basketball

Bosh: 24 PPG, 10.8 RPG, 2.4 APG

  • He clearly had better numbers this past season, but maybe he was just playing for the contract
  • His team has underperformed expectations each year, and has only made the playoffs twice in seven seasons
  • He thinks he’s a cowboy
  • Shaq called him the Ru Paul of big men
  • He had a better hands rating, block rating, and PER last season

Most stats will lead you to believe that Bosh was the better player last year, but Amar’e wins the Win Share battle on the strength of his shooting percentages. Of course, his percentages were likely helped by playing on a Suns team with Nash directing an efficient offense. If you were the general manager of your favorite team, and you had the money to spend, who would you have pursued?

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