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Amare Stoudemire: The Dunking Beast

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During his 15 year-NBA career Amare Stoudemire known as “Stat” was one of the most feared big men in the league. He was known for putting people on mean and disrespectful posters.

With his biggest goal in high school being making it to the NBA Stoudemire committed to the University of Memphis. However, he later de-committed and declared for the NBA draft, being taken with the ninth pick in the 2002 NBA draft by the Phoenix Suns. He was the only high school player taken that year in the first round.

And in his years with the Suns is where he left the most damage. Combing supreme athleticism with pure power he was a show to see on a nightly basis. It was a blast to watch for everyone expects his opponents. Just ask Michael Olowokandi or Anthony Tolliver. The dunk on Olowokandi is by some know also as „the dunk“. The look on Stephon Marbury's face said it all. It was absolutely disgusting.

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Suns fans may have been glad Stoudemire’s balky knees and sub-standard defense made his post-Phoenix tenure easier to bear, but Stoudemire’s first season with the New York Knicks wasn’t too shabby. Injuries derailed Stoudemire’s Knicks run after he averaged 25.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, and a career-high 2.6 assists that 2010-11 season.

After a few more solid seasons in New York, he bounced around a couple of teams and eventually retired in 2017. But in February 2018, Stoudemire joined the BIG3 team Tri-State as co-captain. Three months later, Stoudemire announced that he was contemplating a return to playing professional basketball in the NBA. Although he might not bless us with some of the posters we saw from him during the years, everyone would like to see Amare on an NBA court again.

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