NBA  > New York Knicks  > Amare Stoudamire is not better than David Lee
July 3, 2010, 09:04 AM
It's Saturday morning, and I'm reading that the Knicks may sign Amare Stoudamire. Are you serious. As a lifelong Knicks fan I'm insulted at the notion of signing this guy from another team, before you sign David Lee. Here's the tale of the tape:

Amare Stoudamire is 6 months older.
Both guys measure 6'8 with shoes off, but Stoudamire is 6'10 with shoes on while Lee is 6'9. Go figure.
David Lee Amare Stoudamire

PPG 20.2 PPG 23.1
RPG 11.7 RPG 8.9
APG 3.6 APG 1.0
SPG 1.0 SPG 0.6
BPG 0.5 BPG 1.0
FG% 0.545 FG% 0.557
FT% 0.812 FT% 0.771
3P% 0.000 3P% 0.167
MPG 37.3 MPG 34.6

The stats don't lie. Who's the better player? Thats for debate, but I'd say Lee. He's better all around, plays more minutes, is more consistent, rebounds better, and I can go on.
In fact I will. Stoudamire is the first offensive option on the Suns. Yet he only averages 3 more points than Lee, who gets points in the flow of the game. Lee works off pick and rolls, uses both hands to finish, and has a jumper that he is extending to the 3PT line this season. Amare can dunk.

Lee has no history of serious injury. Amare has had 4 knee surgeries, including microfracture, and 2 eye surgeries in the last 4 years. When it comes to who's gonna hold up after you've paid them all this money, it's clear that its Lee.

So why would you pay Stoudamire $100 million, and not consider keeping Lee as a lifetime NY Knick? This is some seriously flawed thinking. When A guy plays for YOUR team, improves every year. Is better in almost every statistical category, and can pass and shoot a basketball at a better rate, why is he second fiddle to a guy who's the next Allan Houston injury contract waiting to happen?

Pay David Lee, because he deserves it. He may take 80 million instead of 100 million. He won't get hurt, and he'll be the model of the franchise and the basketball player you want.
July 4, 2010  09:30 AM ET

is this the joke of the day- your comparing a non productive 20-10 player to stoudamire- someone has to score on the knicks and thats david lee- when lee can become a 20-10 player on a good team then we can maybe talk about him being better then a player who avg over 30 points against a healthy tim duncan in a playoff series u can debate phx was robbed of with bogus suspensions

July 4, 2010  12:27 PM ET

That was 2006, this is now. David Lee is improving while Stoudamire has peaked and is declining. The truth is that Steve Nash is the main treat on the Suns, not Stoudamire no mater how many assists he was the recipient of. So for a second option Lee is better all around than Stoudamire. He's better defensively, rebounding, passing, and has a much better Jumper. Amare is only more athletic.

Point is, Amare was a better player than Lee in 2006, going on 5 years ago. In 2011, Lee is better. And your right, David was a 20 and 10 guy, however he was never the main option. The main scorers on the floor were always Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, and Al Harrington. D Lee was probably the 4th scoring option and still averaged 20ppg, 12 rpg, and 4apg.

July 4, 2010  05:16 PM ET

Amare was always a crucial focus to his teams with phoenix. They never had another big man to score. It's not too impressive that he hasn't been able to do more.

Lee on the other hand does everything on the court that you could want. Hustle, boards, points.

Im often surprised when I see Stoudemire hustle.

 
July 4, 2010  08:28 PM ET

I somewhat agree with this statement. I wouldn't say Lee is better, but I think they're about even.
The Knicks are going to have a tough couple of years. Even if they get Tony Parker, that team will not be a contender. And, who are they going to trade for Parker. The only trade chips they have are Gallinari, and their 2011 first rounder. They won't trade Gallo, and if they trade the pick then they've only got one second rounder in the next two years as their only draft pick.

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