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New team, new point guard, same old Amare
The moment Amare Stoudemire recovered from micro-fracture surgery with a 17 foot jumper in tow, he became truly dangerous. Now that defenders must guard him on the perimeter there are many spectacular highlights of Stoudemire pump faking, blowing by opponents and dunking, in a losing effort.
However, I have no doubt that the Knicks plan to build around their newly acquired superstar who has a chance to be counted among the best power forwards ever to play.
Wait, did I write that...Not so fast. Who are the best power forwards ever to play?
Tim Duncan, Karl Malone, Elvin Hayes, Charles Barkley, and Kevin Garnett
An ordinary power forward is a brute with size, strength and limited ball skills. He is a grunt that does the dirty work and every team needs one. The difference between the aforementioned players and Kurt Rambis and Marc Iavaroni is that on any given night these men might drop 25 points and grab 15 rebounds.
The thing that makes them like Kurt Rambis and Marc Iavaroni is that they're effort players who leave it all on the floor, on every play, every night. That is what separates all these men from Stoudemire.
Phoenix had a shot to steal the Western Conference Championship series from the Lakers in 2009-2010 had Amare showed up for every single play, every single night. In my opinion, an elite power forward should average 10 rebounds or better per night for a career. That's why Connie Hawkins doesn't make my list.
When you are gifted with size, strength, speed and leaping ability and you are a power forward who does not pull down 10 a night, it is not your ability that's in question, it's your effort. That's why Stoudemire never wins a championship.