By Bobby Karalla
During a season in which many Mavs were new, none were newer than Amar’e Stoudemire, who joined the club during the All-Star break and made 23 appearances for Dallas. Still, that was enough time for Stoudemire to make an impact on the offense, as his post-up ability represented one easy, reliable way for the Mavs to attack defenses.
It was Stoudemire’s scoring off the bench that replaced what the Mavs had been missing following the December trade of Brandan Wright for Rajon Rondo. Upon his arrival, the second unit immediately became an offensive machine again, which propelled Dallas to several wins down the stretch of the season and into the playoffs.
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