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Should Amar’e Stoudemire Play More?

We all know how good Amar’e Stoudemire once was, but now he is constantly battling injury and struggling to stay on the floor for long stretches of time. Now he says he is fully healthy and has asked Knicks coach Mike Woodson for more minutes.

Stoudemire was asked about how his minutes limitations would affect the Knicks chances of making the playoffs, his response:

“From a doctor’s standpoint, there hasn’t been limitations since the first week of the season, so we can’t keep saying limitations — that’s a coach’s decision at the end of the day,” Amar’e Stoudemire via ESPNNewYork.

The question now is, should Stoudemire be playing more? Stoudemire has played in 35 of the Knicks 48 games on the year and is averaging 9.3 points and 4.2 rebounds per game. These aren’t mind-blowing stats, but keep in mind he only plays 18.9 minutes per game. Per 48 minutes, Stoudemire averages 23 and 10, and even over 28 minutes he would average 13.7 and 6.2 rebounds. These numbers aren’t that bad, and he also has the fourth highest player efficiency rating on the Knicks (16.5).

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Stoudemire’s per 48 minute averages are pretty good compared to his teammates’ as well, ranking fourth in rebounds and third in points. His 9.3 points are good enough for fifth on the team in only 18.9 minutes, so his production hasn’t been a problem in the minutes he has played. His defense, however, isn’t as good as it used to be.

Stoudemire has also played very well when he actually gets a lot of minutes. In a three game stretch from December 10th-13th, he played 27 minutes in the first game and 30 in the last two. He averaged 15.7 points and 6.3 rebounds on 70 percent shooting from the field in that stretch.

In my opinion, I say why not give the guy a chance with more minutes. He hasn’t been that bad so far this year, and with Andrea Bargnani out and Kenyon Martin constantly battling injuries I think he definitely deserves a shot. Jeremy Tyler has also been playing well in the small amount of minutes he has been getting, so maybe he deserves a shot as well. He averages 21 points and 13 rebounds per 48 minutes and has the second highest player efficiency rating on the team. I think that the Knicks are struggling, so why not try giving these guys more minutes? Maybe it will work out in their favor.

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DeMar DeRozan Drops 40: Thoughts on the NBA for 1/23/14

 

DeMar DeRozan dropped 40 points last night, and Drake is wit' it and 'bout it. The 40 spot was a career-high for DeRozan and helped the Raptors to a win over the Mavericks. Just as impressive

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Steep Grade Ahead: Coaches, Players and the Folly of Summative Assessment

Photo by Ed Uthman on Flickr

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Grades. Basketball fans love to give them. We like to grade trades and drafts and a team’s offseason

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NBA Power Rankings: 1/3/11

Ladies and gentlemen, another week of NBA action is upon us, which means more power rankings! And now that the new year is here, it’s time for some teams to make their move if they want to be contenders come May, and it’s time for others to start rebuilding their roster and prepare for the future.

Let’s take a look at this week’s power rankings, and see which teams are in good shape…..and which teams are already searching for that Top 5 draft pick that will change the culture of their franchise. Continue Reading

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Expectation Series: Part 1 (Most Disappointing Teams)

Over the next four days, I’ll be writing on what I call my Expectation Series — a four-part set of rankings for the following: most disappointing teams, most surprising teams, most disappointing players, and most surprising players.

The Wizards were severely hindered by Arenas's "transgressions" to say the least.

The playoffs are arriving, and they should be great. Just look at the leapfrogging going on at the top of the Western Conference, not to mention the comfortably elite in the East. But before we turn our attention to the postseason, let’s look at what could have been for many of the NBA’s teams. Some teams were truly unsatisfactory this year when they could have been something special.

No. 5 — New Orleans Hornets

The Hornets are only the fifth-most-disappointing team in the league because their struggles can be attributed, in large part, to significant missed time for star point guard Chris Paul. Still, 35-43 is not where they wanted to be at this point in the schedule. Aside from Paul, New Orleans has vastly underrated forward David West and traded for Emeka Okafor for the year. That acquisition didn’t work out. Darren Collison played incredibly well filling in for CP3, which makes their difficulty so much more puzzling. They need to go back to the drawing board for 2010-2011 and figure out what went wrong besides Paul’s injury — that certainly wasn’t their only problem.

No. 4 Toronto Raptors

The Raptors, too, would be further down on this list if not for extenuating circumstances? What are they? Well, they still have a very good chance at making the playoffs. They sit at 38-38 now, holding the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference standings, and Chicago is a game behind. But expectations for this team coming in were much higher. Amalgamating the development of Chris Bosh and Andrea Bargnani with the acquisitions of Jarrett Jack and Hedo Turkoglu, north-of-the-border fans were hoping that the Raptors could establish themselves among the top dogs in the conference. Well, that hasn’t panned out. Bosh is playing the best offensive ball of his career, but his defense is atrocious. As is that of the entire team absolutely deplorable defensive effort they’ve put together. In addition, Turkoglu is not at all the same player he was in Orlando. It seems he increased his effort for his contract season, and now he’s coasting on a lucrative five-year deal with Toronto. Too bad, because they really could have been great.

No. 3 Los Angeles Clippers

The Clippers have suffered in part because of the loss of Blake Griffin to a knee injury. But with Baron Davis, Eric Gordon, and Chris Kaman up front (not to mention Marcus Camby, who they had up until the all-star break), they should have done better. It’s not really fair to blame them, though. After all, they’re cursed.

No. 2 Detroit Pistons

Everyone knew the Pistons got lowballed in their free-agency quest this past summer. Going all in for a key player, the Pistons failed and had to resort to overpaying two mid-level players in Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva to keep the roster afloat. But what they had assembled was actually somewhat promising. Gordon, Villanueva, Rodney Stuckey, Will Bynum, Detroit staples Rip Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince, and Ben Wallace isn’t all that bad a group. Their record says differently, as they’re 23-53 and have lost their last 11 games. Frankly, I don’t understand why they have been so bad. They have the offensive and defensive pieces to get the job done, so I figure it must have something to do with coach John Kuester. But it goes to show you why overpaying second-tier players is just a bad idea.

No. 1 Washington Wizards

The Wizards had quite a roster: Gilbert Arenas, Randy Foye, Mike Miller, Caron Butler, Antawn Jamison, newly improved Andray Blatche, and Brendan Haywood make up a rather spectacular group talent-wise. Then Arenas and Javaris Crittendon started fighting like school girls and it all went down the drain. Now Arenas is out for the rest of the year, Butler, Jamison, and Haywood have all been traded away to contenders, and all the Wizards have to show for it is Josh Howard and Al Thornton. That won’t cut it. They could have had a real thing going on, but Arenas is a complete headcase. What a waste of an immense collection of talent.

Come back tomorrow for the most surprising teams of the season in part two of the Expectation Series.

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