This is what we expected out of Amare Stoudemire ever since his stellar rookie year in 2002 when he exploded onto the NBA scene with his overpowering combination of strength and athleticism. Last night he went off on the Indiana Pacers to the tune of 49 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists, and 5 steals. What was most impressive about his stat line was that he shot an efficient 17-21 from the field and 15-15 from the free throw line.
This is the reason that the Suns made the move for Shaq because even though he may not be what he once was, he still has to be accounted for. Stoudemire has thrived thus far under new coach Terry Porter and he has regained the explosiveness we saw early in his career before micro fracture surgery. Some pundits had begun to dismiss the Suns as a team on the decline before the season began but they are showing that they are still going to be an elite team in the west with Amare as the centerpiece of the Suns.