By D.J Siddiqi

When Amar’e Stoudemire officially signed with the Miami Heat on July 10, Heat Nation couldn’t help but get excited over the addition of a six-time All-Star.

The man formerly known as “Stat” was the poster boy of the Phoenix Suns’ run-and-gun days from the mid to late 2000’s. During that time frame, he was an All-NBA selection on four different occasions and averaged an astounding 26 points per game during the 2004-05 season.

As part of a deadly pick-and-roll game with two-time MVP Steve Nash, Stoudemire led the Suns to great success, as they advanced to the Western Conference Finals on two separate occasions during his tenure in Phoenix.

While it’s been a few years since he has been considered a top force in the NBA, Stoudemire is finally fully healthy and ready to contribute in a reserve role for the Heat. The 6’10” veteran was asked on what he would contribute to Miami in his first season with the franchise during a conference media call:

“It’s whatever the coaching staff asks. I can play however much or however long he needs me to. You know, it’s whatever it takes to win.”

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