Quick take: Amar’e Stoudemire to Knicks (poll)

by on Jul.06, 2010, under Free agents, Quick hits

Amar'e Stoudemire heads to the Knicks

Stoudemire's wallet is now this big -- but his fantasy value has shrunk. (AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano)

Amar’e Stoudemire is (almost officially) a New York Knick. The coveted big man is ready to put his signature on a five-year contract that will net him nearly $100 million. This clearly has implications for his fantasy value, which surged in the latter part of last season. While his wallet might have gotten a lot fatter, his fantasy value has done the opposite.

More in-depth analysis of this and other big free agency signings will come once contracts are made official after Thursday, but for now, here’s a quick rundown of why STAT will have a down fantasy season, with the current Knicks roster:

  • he won’t have a point guard who plays anywhere near the level of Steve Nash
  • he’ll have to adjust to playing with another point guard
  • defenses will be able to hone in on shutting him down on a thinner team than his former Suns
  • the clock continues to tick until his next serious injury
  • the looming threat of post-contract blues

What do you think? Is Stoudemire guaranteed to take a step back for fantasy owners this season, or is he set to finally take off in an offense that’s more centered around him? Let us know in the poll below.

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