The New York Knicks are coming off a second consecutive decent season. They have made the playoffs two years in a row, but have still not met expectations. Injuries and coaching changes have made it difficult for some players to adjust to new lineups.
There’s a great chance the Knicks will make huge strides this year with the addition of many key players and coach Mike Woodson in the fold from the get-go, but what millions of people really want to know is… “How are these players going to do for my Fantasy Basketball team??” This is the second part of a six part series looking at the outlook for Knicks players for the 2012-2013 season, from a fantasy perspective.
Today I feature Amar’e Stoudemire.
Last season was a huge disappointment for Amar’e. His chronic injury issues that had seemed to be in the past came back with a vengeance in 2012, not to mention a stupid self-inflicted injury during the playoffs. Stoudemire has vowed that he is now healthy, and while we can be skeptical, even at 90 percent health, Amar’e is still a pretty good fantasy option.
The key when drafting him will be whether you are willing to accept him possibly missing a chunk of games and whether he and Carmelo Anthony will be able to finally function on the court together.
One thing that the Knicks have been able to do in this offseason is add some depth, which should allow him to get ample rest during games when needed and keep him healthy for the stretch run. Another noticeable change is the departure of Jeremy Lin, a shoot first point guard, and the addition of three traditional PGs to the roster.
Stoudemire really seemed to struggle with Lin at the helm. The pick-and-roll offense that was utilized so well with Raymond Felton in the 2010-2011 season will be back and that should help to improve his numbers as well. The almost two blocks per game he had in the 2010-2011 season may never be replicated, but his percentages and rebounding will be up from last year, notably FG% and FT%.
Season Predictions: 22.7 PPG, 8.6 RPG, 1.4 APG, 1.5 BPG, 51% FG, 79% FT
Expected Draft Position: 3rd Round
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