Amar’e Stoudemire, PF—New York Knicks
Mr. Stoudemire has simply been "en fuego" this season. He has elevated his scoring average to 26.2 points per game, trailing only Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant. It was hard to imagine Stoudemire would have this sort of impact on the lowly Knicks franchise. Many questioned whether he could carry the load without Steve Nash by his side, and he’s certainly proved his detractors wrong.
During his impressive 2010-11 campaign thus far, Stoudemire has put up extraordinary numbers across the board, with a 53.3 field goal percentage, 9.1 rebounds per game and 2.0 blocks per game—now that’s Amar’e! So either Raymond Felton is as good of a point guard as Nash or Stoudemire is simply the goods. It looks like the Knicks may have finally turned the corner and are ready to move forward with a young supporting cast surrounding Stoudemire.
Andrew Bogut, C—Milwaukee Bucks
Is this the same Andrew Bogut who was the first overall pick way back when in 2005? Why yes, it is the one and only Mr. Bogut who is putting together the best season of his career and who has been on quite a tear in December. Bogut scored a season-high 31 points in a win against Orlando on December 4th. He’s also posted double-digit rebounding totals in every game this month, with a high of 22 for another Bucks victory (coincidence?) against the Rockets. His season averages currently sit at 14 points per game, 12.3 rebounds per game—good for second amongst NBA centers, and a league-leading three blocks per game. Bogut has been slowly improving every year in the league and has started to blossom into the player the Bucks hoped they had drafted five years ago.
J.J. Hickson, PF—Cleveland Cavaliers