Former Phoenix Suns Player Amar’e Stoudemire is retiring from the NBA as a New York Knick.
Should Suns’ fans be mad at Stoudemire? Amar’e signed a one-day contract with New York so he could retire as a Knick, even though his best years were in Phoenix. Stoudemire played 14 years in the NBA, the first 8 season in Phoenix, 4 seasons with the Knicks, one in Dallas, he then came back to the Knicks for 36 games and played a final season with the Miami Heat. Oh, and that one-day contract to retire as a Knick.
Why would Suns’ fans be upset? Let’s look at Stoudemire’s stats from his tenure with both teams.
Phoenix Suns (2002-10)
- Regular Season Games: 516
- Avg Points Per Game: 21.4 (26 in 2004-05 season)
- Playoff Games: 52 (24 ppg)
- Awards: Rookie of the Year, 5-time NBA All-Star
New York Knicks (2010-14, 14-15*)
- Regular Season Games: 255
- Avg Points Per Game: 17.3 (25.3 in 2010-11 season)
- Playoff Games: 12 (11.2 ppg)
- Awards: 2-time All-Star (’10,’11) — First Knicks’ player to be selected as All-Star since Patrick Ewing
* traded mid-season