How Amar’e Stoudemire Can Expand His Game

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In the current NBA climate, it’s important for players to be more versatile on offense. Frontcourt players are expected to step out beyond the three-point line and hit the open jumper. Spacing on offense maximizes a team’s performance in the NBA. The Knicks offense struggled last season because they could not properly space the floor. Amar’e Stoudemire needs to expand his shooting range beyond the three-point line to help the Knicks with spacing issues.

Serge Ibaka and Chris Bosh’s evolution on offense provide a precedent for power forwards in expanding their skill set. Ibaka, and Bosh shares many similarities with Amar’e. They are both power forwards, but also are the third option for scoring on their respected teams. Ibaka incorporated shooting three pointers in the past two seasons, attempting 57, and 60 shots from behind the arc. Ibaka’s scoring average increased from 9.1 points per game to 15.1 points per game when he started shooting three pointers.

Bosh has also committed to shooting threes, increasing his attempts from 74 to 218. The drastic increase has been necessary, because Bosh is transitioning into the second half of his career. His minutes are at an all-time low, and his athleticism is not what it used to be. The addition of the three point shot in Bosh’s offensive repertoire solidifies him as viable offensive threat.

Amar’e is approaching the twilight of his career as well, and his offensive game needs to further develop. Shooting threes will be beneficial for his health, because it will allow him to avoid the constant physical pounding in the paint. The transition to incorporating a three point shot will be seamless for Amar’e, because he is already an efficient mid range jump shooter. Last season, Amar’e shot 42% on shots from 16-24 feet.  Amar’e will become a lethal offensive threat if he is able to fuse his back to basket abilities with a jumper beyond the three point line.

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  1. Couldn’t disagree more. In fact, one of the major reasons Miami got beat was because of how Chris Bosh moved his game further away from the basket.

    I fully get that Bosh, and nearly all 7 footers now, aren’t traditional ‘back to the basket guys’. However, you can’t teach size, and when Bosh takes himself 20+ feet away from the basket, the odds of getting a 2nd shot fall dramatically. On top of that, Bosh’s 33.9% 3pt pct isn’t all that great. When the team has Ray Allen, Chalmers, Battier, James Jones and Norris Cole, I think they’d be better served if Bosh tried to develop his back to the basket game, where he could be a post threat. From there, he could score, or pass. Look how San Antonio’s inside/out game left Miami scrambling.

    Amare is a solid 15-17 foot jump shooter. What would make the Knicks better is continued work on his low post game and commitment to rebounding the basketball. Plus, more 3pt attempts, by Amare, takes away shots for more proficient shooters like Rice. I can certainly see the argument for Shump to work on his 3pt range. But, this team won’t get better if Amare becomes a better 3pt shooter.

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