Tuesday, January 10, 2012

What Happened to Amare's Shot Blocking?

Last season Amare Stoudemire averaged 1.9 blocked shots per game.  Through the 7 games he's played this season, Amare only has 4 blocked shots total, averaging just 0.6 per game. 

However, looking deeper into the numbers, Amar'e averaged 5.6 defensive rebounds per game last season, and currently is averaging 6.3 defensive boards per game this year.

Without question, the addition of Tyson Chandler has directly impacted this favorable ratio for Amare (and for the Knicks); particularly in the 4 games since Amare has returned from his sprained ankle; 0 blocked shots, 29 defensive rebounds (7.25 per game).    To no surprise, the Knicks have outrebounded their opponents in all 4 games;  this after being outrebounded in each of the previous 5 games. 

Part of the adjustment Amare has had to make playing alongside a C like Chandler is being more aggressive going to the glass, and less aggressive going for blocked shots, since Tyson alters so many shots with his presence alone. 

Look for this trend to continue for the betterment of the team moving forward.  

Once again, Tyson Chandler's value extends far beyond his individual numbers. 

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