We’ve all seen the gaudy numbers Amare Stoudemire has put up the past few games. He’s been nothing short of incredible. Many experts have credited the presence of Shaquille O’Neal with the surge. I thought we might look at the numbers to see just how much The Big Cactus has helped.

First, let’s look at Amare’s statistics before Shaq came to town:

  • 21.29 points per game
  • 8.63 rebounds per game
  • 1.1 assists per game
  • 31.4 minutes per game
  • 3.7 fouls per game

That’s not too shabby by any means.  Averaging 21 points and over 8.5 rebounds is something I think any team would take.

Now Amare’s statistics after the Shaq trade (these include only the games when Shaq started playing):

  • 30 points per game
  • 9.1 rebounds per game
  • 2.2 assists per game
  • 37 minutes per game
  • 3.7 fouls per game

Or, looking at this using Doug Collins-speak, since Shaq was traded to the Phoenix Suns, Amare Stoudemire is:

  • +8.71 points per game
  • +.47 rebounds per game
  • +1.1 assists per game
  • +5.6 minutes per game

Now let’s get into the “why” on the increase in numbers. Here are my ideas:

  1. Amare doesnt have to play centers the entire game and doesn’t get as tired
  2. Shaq is taking the double teams Stoudemire used to get
  3. Because Amare isn’t as tired, he is able to play more minutes and that translates into more points/rebounds

Are there any other reasons you can think of for the improvement Amare has shown after the All-Star break?

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