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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).

Jan 9, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks power forward Amar

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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D-League Roundup: De Colo and Baynes Shine in Debuts, Tyler Returns, Thomas Called Up

Oct 19, 2013; San Antonio Spurs point guard Nando de Colo shoots over Miami Heat power forward Chris Andersen during the fourth quarter at American Airlines Arena. Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

While only three NBA Developmental League games took place on Sunday night, there was certainly a lot to look out for.

Nando De Colo and Aron Bynes made their D-League season debuts after the assignment from the San Antonio Spurs to the Austin Toros. De Colo, 26, appeared in six games for the Spurs, getting just over 9 minutes per game, while averaging 2.7 points 1.7 assists. Bynes, also 26, managed to get into 10 games for San Antonio, averaging 1.5 points and 2.2 rebounds in over 8 minutes per contest.

On Sunday night, De Colo dropped 29 points, dishing out 8 assists and adding 6 steals while Bynes recorded a double-double, scoring 24 points and grabbing down 10 rebounds. The duo helped the Toros pick up their first victory of the season, defeating the Delaware 87ers 114-102.

Coming off an injured foot, Jeremy Tyler made his return to the D-League and his debut with the Erie BayHawks. He appeared rusty, scoring 9 points on 4-of-10 shooting in 29 minutes of play, while turning the ball over 5 times. The BayHawks remain winless at 0-3.

It is possible that Tyler, 22, will be reassigned to the New York Knicks in the near future. They are in need of a capable big-man after former Defensive Player of the Year Tyson Chandler went down with a broken fibula.

Malcolm Thomas has been called up by the Spurs. Thomas, 25, got off to a strong start in his first two games with the Los Angeles D-Fenders, averaging 33.5 points and 15.5 rebounds. The 6-9 small forward has bounced around both the NBA and D-League, spending time with the Golden State Warriors and Chicago Bulls while also playing with the Austin Toros, Rio Grande Valley Vipers and Santa Cruz Warriors.