Amar'e Stoudemire: Where Does the New York Knicks Star Rank in the NBA MVP Race?

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Amar'e Stoudemire: Where Does the New York Knicks Star Rank in the NBA MVP Race?
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Willis Reed won the NBA MVP Award in 1970 en route to becoming eternally remembered for hobbling onto the Madison Square Garden court and playing part of Game 7 of the NBA Finals on one leg.

No other Knick has won the award. Seriously, no one. The award has been given since 1955, and the Knicks have been around since the NBA's inception in 1946, so their MVP success rate is less than two percent. Patrick Ewing finished in the top four numerous times, but he was never a serious threat to win.

Alas, the New York Knicks' savior, Amar'e Stoudemire, is here, and he has staked his claim in the MVP race on the national stage following his 39-point, 10-rebound performance in a near-victory over Boston last night.

Where does he rank among the top 15 candidates, and what are the top 10 criteria for choosing him as the MVP?

Starting with the aforementioned criteria, read on to find out.

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