In 2010 when Amar'e Stoudemire signed with the New York Knicks. He was a dynamic and efficient scoring BIG.. Leading the Knicks to pretty much a .500 record before the arrival of Carmelo Anthony.. Since then.. The Knicks have had poor results when both of them share the court. Except for the stretch late in the season where the Knicks went 16-6 and had a 7 or 8 game winning streak which put them back in the playoff hunt in the abysmal eastern conference.
Amar'e played 60+ games last season. Was the little success they had together an anomaly? Or was it the result of those guys finally getting some type of on court chemistry?.. I think so it was the latter. They were never able to play enough games together to get any type of chemistry. And even with that said.. In games where the both played well we usually win. Especially against the better teams in the East. Miami, Indiana. In basketball you need a balanced attack on offense. A presence inside and a presence outside. Melo has pretty much been both for us in the absence of a healthy Amar'e. Now that Amar'e looks to be 100% healthy for the first time since he arrived in NY.. Our 1 -2 punch has a chance to finally bear fruit. I am of the opinion that if Amar'e does not play well the knicks ceiling has a cap on it. If he does play well.. We have the potential to beat anyone in a 7 game series. Due to his efficiency and his versatility on the offensive end.
By having him in the game.. We will get to the free throw line at an increased rate.. Putting defenses in foul trouble is something we haven't been good at. The knicks were ranked 28th or 29th in the league in free throw attempts.. It also does not give defenses an opportunity to simply key in on Melo.. By having Amare out there.. Defenses have to pick their poison. You can't load up on Melo because Amar'e can kill you.. And you can load up on Amare because Melo will kill you. In order to keep them both in check you take a gamble leaving guys like Hardaway and JR out there with wide open looks.. A proposition I would take my chances with.
We lost a bunch of games last year by 5 points or less.. Amar'e 18 and 8 will go a long way to turning those loses into wins.