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Amar'e Stoudemire

Amar'e Carsares Stoudemire (November 16, 1982-) is a professional basketball player who has received recognition for excelling at the game since he was in high school. Despite an unstable family situation while growing up in Florida – which resulted in Stoudemire attending six different high schools in four years – he managed to find refuge in basketball. With a natural ability, Stoudemire played only two years of high school basketball yet still was named Florida “Mr. Basketball” (2002) – a title bestowed upon the high schooler deemed the best player in the Sunshine State. The Phoenix Suns then selected Amar’e in the 1st round (9th overall) of the 2002 NBA Draft. During his time in Phoenix (2002-2010), Stoudemire received a number of honors including NBA Rookie of the Year (2003), becoming the first player drafted out of high school to be so honored. Amar’e was also named NBA Rookie Challenge MVP (2004), as well as an NBA All-Rookie First Team selection(2003), and an NBA All-Star (2005, 2007-2011) for the first of six times in his career. During the summer of 2004, Stoudemire played for the eventual bronze medal-winning United States Men’s National Basketball Team in the 2004 Athens Summer Olympics. Always strong player with the Suns, Stoudemire’s performance with the team at times suffered due to various injuries, and he ultimately opted out of his contract to sign with the New York Knicks (2010-2015). With the Knicks, he tied or set franchise records with a record ninth straight 30-point game and his ninth straight game shooting 50 percent or better from the field. With the Knicks suffering one of the worst seasons in franchise history, finishing the year 17-65, Amar’e was traded to the Dallas Mavericks in February as Dallas battled for a playoff spot. He then played his final year in the NBA with the Miami Heat in 2015-2016.

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