Back in his days in Phoenix, Amar’e Stoudemire was a dominant post presence and one of the best overall scorers in the league. Fast forward a few years, countless injuries and several surgeries later, the man known as STAT is seen as nothing more than a role player by many.
Now, with Derek Fisher as a coach, the Knicks are expected to run the triangle offense in this upcoming season. One of the reasons the triangle offense has been successful is because of the addition of opportunities to score in the post. This is one of many reasons why Carmelo Anthony is expected to thrive under this system and the main reason why it could make Stoudemire a key player once again.
In the Summer League, the Knicks practiced running the triangle and in a few situations, the player in the post was able to get into a position to score.
Example One: Here, a pass from Shane Larkin to the post player in the triangle, Jeremy Tyler. Thanasis Antetokounmpo ran down the baseline to clear the area to set up the isolation for Tyler, who eventually scored on the play.
Example Two: On the opposite side of the triangle, the Knicks ran a two-man game with Shane Larkin and Jeremy Tyler. This time, Tyler receives a pass, fakes the give to Larkin, turns around and drains a jumper.
Example Three: Very similar to the first example, Jeremy Tyler catches the ball and thanks to player movement, immediately has an opportunity to isolate.
Throughout his career, Stoudemire has been able to make magic when given space and a one-on-one with a defender. He may not ever be like “Phoenix Amar’e” but STAT may be a key to a successful season this year thanks to the triangle.