Stoudemire, who still hasn’t played for the New York Knicks yet this season, is reportedly set to be sidelined until at least Christmas.
The former Phoenix Suns forward is returning from knee trouble, but his recovery time has been slower than expected. Stoudemire originally was only going to miss six to eight weeks, but that time has grown exponentially.
This injury update would be terrible news were it not for New York’s red-hot start this season. The Knicks are doing just fine without the skilled power forward on the court, leading to many getting the belief that Stoudemire should come off the bench once he’s back and healthy.
The Knicks are 12-4 on the season, ranking them in first place in the stacked Atlantic Division, ahead of the likes of the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers. They’re in the top ten in both points scored (102.9 PPG) and points allowed (94.7 PPG), so their balance is looking mighty good in the early part of the season.
A main reason for the success has been Mike Woodson’s decision to start Carmelo Anthony at the four with Stoudemire out. Anthony has been en-fuego offensively from that position, using his speed and dominant scoring ability to out-shine opposing “power forwards”.
Melo and the team is doing so well, that it seems silly to tinker with such a successful formula. Stoudemire has said he’d be open to coming off the bench if it was in the best interest of the team, but that’s a lot of money tied up into a bench player, and you know deep down Stoudemire wants to be on the court as much as possible.
At this point, when making your NBA picks for the future, the Knicks should be under consideration. If Stoudemire can buy in and flourish off the bench, they’re going to be even more dangerous offensively, and that’s not good for the rest of the league.