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#FBF – Amare Stoudemire: 40 Pts, 16 Rebs vs Mavs (Game 1 WCSF, 2005)

Amare Stoudemire is currently a member of the Miami Heat. He’s playing 14 minutes a night and averaging 5.1 points to go with 4.6 rebounds per game. Despite multiple injuries, Stoudemire has still managed to play 13 years in the league and though the injuries have caught up to him, he’s still capable of giving the Heat quality minutes in the playoffs.

It wasn’t supposed to be like this though. The 6-time NBA All-Star was an absolute beast in the prime years of his career with the Suns. He was an athletic monster, he could defend, he could rebound, he could blow by all big men, he could hit the jumper and he even ran the pick-and-roll to perfection alongside Steve Nash. Simply put, Stoudemire was one of the best players in the NBA.

As a 22-year-old he averaged 26 points and 9 rebounds per game for a Suns team which won an NBA best 60 games. The Suns were the favorites to win the NBA Championship that year and Stoudemire was a big reason for it. In Game 1 of the Western Conference Semi-Finals, STAT went off for 40 points, 16 rebounds and 2 blocks against the Mavs. This game was a perfect display of how dominant he was and just how much potential he had.

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