Amar'e Stoudemire announced his retirement today, after signing a one-year deal with the New York Knicks. Stoudemire spent 14 years in the NBA and he is best known for his incredible performances while playing for the Phoenix Suns, where he was one of the top players in the league. Beside the Suns, the big man also played for the New York Knicks, Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat.
Stoudemire was a free agent this offseason and today he signed with the New York Knicks, shortly before announcing that he will retire from the NBA. He spent 5 seasons in New York and he decided to retire as a Knick. During his tenure with the Knicks, Stoudemire averaged 17.3 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. He also made the playoffs in three seasons, but unfortunately he didn't have a deep run in the postseason.
His best years came while he was playing for the Suns, as he established himself as one of the top-tier NBA players and one of the best power forwards in the league. During his 8-year tenure in Phoenix, he averaged 21.4 points and 8.9 rebounds, while doing pretty much everything else on the floor. Stoudemire also played half a season for the Dallas Mavericks and after Dallas he signed with Miami, where he played 52 regular-season and 9 postseason games.
Even though he is officially done with the NBA, there is a possibility that he will play overseas as many former NBA players have done. Even though he had some great years in the league, lack of playoff success and injuries is what hurt his career most. Is Stoudemire's NBA career enough to earn him a spot in the Hall of Fame?