Blogtable: Missing Amar’e

Each week, we’ll ask our stable of scribes to weigh in on the three most important NBA topics of the day — and then give you a chance to step on the scale, too, in the comments below.

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Will the Knicks miss Amar’e Stoudemire?

Steve AschburnerReplacing Stoudemire’s 14.2 ppg and 5.0 rpg is a challenge. But the Knicks already have plenty of experience plugging those holes — he has missed 32 of their 61 games to this point, and their record without him (22-10) is better than when he played (16-13). Getting and keeping Carmelo Anthony healthy (right knee) is way more important to any Knicks’ postseason run than Stoudemire’s part-time contributions.

Amar'e Stoudemire (by Dan Lippitt/NBAE via Getty Images)

Amar’e Stoudemire (by Dan Lippitt/NBAE via Getty Images)

Fran Blinebury: Since their 18-5 start (Dec. 15) that was built in large part on their success with the 3-ball, the Knicks are a thoroughly mediocre 20-18 .  Yes, I believe they can continue to be so without Amar’e.

Jeff Caplan: Yeah the Knicks are gonna miss Amar’e. Who wouldn’t miss a 6-foot-11 guy who shoots 55.7 percent from the floor and averages 14.2 ppg and 5.0 rpg in 23.5 mpg off the bench? Sure, the Knicks had success without Amar’e, but that was at the beginning of the season when this old roster was fresh. It’s mid-March now and the Knicks have a brutal month ahead with four more back-to-backs over the next 19 days. So spare me that Carmelo Anthony can now play power forward full time and that will be all good for New York. The Knicks need bodies to get through this month without yielding homecourt advantage in the first round. And Amar’e is just one more big body they won’t have.

Scott Howard-CooperHe will be missed. The Knicks finish with a lot of road games, which means a taxing schedule, which means depth is especially important. They’re now in a stretch of eight games in 13 days at a time when New York is in a bunched group in the Eastern Conference standings. A bad week can have playoff implications. Now, the Knicks will have to go without one of its best inside threats and a player who seemed to have accepted a reserve role.

John Schuhmann: Not really. He just hasn’t been a difference-maker since Carmelo Anthony came to New York. Stoudemire is an all-offense, no-defense player and when he made his season-debut on Jan. 1, the Knicks already ranked second in offensive efficiency. In the two-plus months he was healthy, they were better offensively and worse defensively with him on the floor. Overall, they were plus-3.0 points per 100 possessions over those 29 games whether he was in the game or not, and they were a minus-29 with Stoudemire and Anthony on the floor together. If New York is going to win a playoff series for the first time in 13 years, it will need to play solid defense and make its threes. And it can probably do both of those things better without Stoudemire.

Sekou SmithAbsolutely. They’ll miss him more come playoff time than they will down the stretch of the regular season. The Knicks with Amar’e coming off the bench had a chance to make some noise in the postseason. Without him, the Knicks aren’t nearly as formidable. It should be noted that earlier this season, when they were rolling without Amar’e, they were also knocking down 3-point shots at an outlandish clip. In the absence of such work from distance, Amar’e being out of the lineup is a huge and potentially devastating blow to the Knicks’ chances of playing deep into the playoffs.


  1. iSHAQ or SHAQTOLOGY says:

    No, Kenyon Martin is there…
    Hoping the Knicks can get a Players LIke
    for additional bench players….

  2. --yongqin says:

    Whoever think the Knicks without Amare is just plain dumb. Their success at the start was because of their 3-point shooting. Now their shots aren’t falling nearly as much, they need someone that’s gonna give them points in the front court. No one else does that better than Amare on the team.

  3. Matt says:

    LOL Amar’e should retire? Bulls were better without D Rose last season and where did that get them? They just had a lucky streak, as soon as he went down, the team was eliminated from playoffs and from No, 1 seed – they are struggling, losing by 40 – something with SAC. Stop being ignorant, NYC needs Amar’e

  4. Kevin K says:

    To say Amare should retire is simply foolishness. He was the heart and soul of the Team after he first signed with the knicks before they required Carmelo. Its a shame because Amare and Felton had a connection their first season together that have not seemed to pick back up since Feltons return to the team.

    Amares injury is heartbreaking but he did more for my favorite Team in the past 2 and half seasons than i could ask for. Hope he returns as soon as possible. Go Knicks

  5. Karlo Garcia says:

    The Knicks will miss Amar’e. He proved that if he’s healthy he is effective.

  6. Rico says:

    they have a better record without Amare, so he won’t be missed. anyway K-Mart is there so, they will be fine.. but still they won’t go deep in the playoffs.. I see them bouncing out in 1st round depending on who will they meet.

  7. W/E says:

    Amare needs to retire, the knicks are a better team without him.