Opening Tip: Can STAT still dominate?

October, 9, 2013
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GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Amar'e Stoudemire believes that, when healthy, he can still "dominate" on the basketball court.

But his knees may not allow him to do that.

Knee injuries limited Stoudemire to just 29 regular-season games last season.

Stoudemire's knee issues make it unlikely that he'll ever play major minutes over an 82-game season again.

That's one reason the Knicks brought back Kenyon Martin and brought in Metta World Peace and Andrea Bargnani in the offseason.

They know that they can't count on Stoudemire to play big minutes.

Last season, he was limited to 23.5 minutes per game.

But Stoudemire's production, when extrapolated to 36 minutes per game, was, dare we say, dominant.

He averaged 21.8 points per 36 minutes last season, just 0.8 off of his career average.

His Player Efficiency Rating -- a measurement of a player's per minute production on the floor -- was 22.1. Stoudemire's career PER is 22.2.

Stoudemire's offensive rebounding rate of 10.0 was the highest its been in five years.

Also, the six-time All Star shot 57.7 percent from the field, nearly ten percent higher than he did the previous season.

Not bad for a guy with bad knees.

Of course, Stoudemire probably won't ever again be the player he was when he first landed in New York (he averaged 26 points and nine rebounds in his first two months in New York).

But if he can produce like he did last season, the Knicks should be pretty happy.

Which brings us to our question: Do you think the Knicks need Stoudemire to be a dominant player again? Or can they succeed if he produces like he did last year?

UP NOW: Carmelo Anthony says that it's 'sad' to watch Stoudemire struggle with injuries. Stoudemire, though, is still hopeful that he'll be healthy enough to play in the season opener. But the 11-year vet also admitted that he "can't control injuries."

Anthony also said that the Knicks' playoff loss to Indy last season still bothers him.

In addition, Mike Woodson says he'll look to Anthony, Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton to fill the leadership void left by Jason Kidd and other vets last season.

Lastly, we take a look at the Knicks' approach to shooting 3s, and how other teams who've shot at similar rates have faired over the last five years.

WHAT'S NEXT: The Knicks will open the preseason Wednesday against the Boston Celtics in Providence, Rhode Island.

QUESTION: Do the Knicks need Stoudemire to be a dominant player again? Or can they succeed if he produces like he did last year?

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Carmelo Anthony
PTS AST STL MIN
27.4 3.1 1.2 38.7
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsC. Anthony 8.1
AssistsP. Prigioni 3.5
StealsI. Shumpert 1.2
BlocksA. Bargnani 1.2