By Alan Walsh
Amar’e Stoudemire continues to be one of the most efficient shooters in the NBA this season and it’s all got to do with placement and each minute he plays meaning so much more.
If you look at his shot chart this season, you will see that 81.7% of his shots are coming from within five feet of the basket, thus giving him a 59% field goal percentage this year. Last season, Stoudemire only took 56.3 of his shots from that same distance and was a 48% shooter- his worst since his rookie season.
The scary part about all of this is that Amar’e feels like we haven’t seen everything in his arsenal yet. In the offseason, he worked with Houston Rockets legend, Hakeem Olajuwon to develop his game.
“There’s a lot more that I can really show,” he told ESPN New York. “There’s pick and rolls, there’s pick and pops, there’s post-ups, there’s jump shots. There are a lot of moves that I haven’t quite showed yet.”
The 30 minute maximum is something that is also boding well for him.
I have no problem with that,” Stoudemire said. “You can be very productive in 30 minutes, and so that’s my motto right now – to really come out and be aggressive and efficient in 30 minutes. I think it’s more about playing smart basketball offensively.”
Knicks head coach Mike Woodson thinks his restricted amount of 30 minutes is going to elongate his career in the process. “If he’s talking about extending his career, I think it’s a great position to be in,” Woodson said. “I think he’s accepted his role, and he’s been pretty good at it.”