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Apr 24, 2015; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks center Amar

The Prodigal Son Returns Home: Albeit Past His Prime

By Joseph Zapata (@JosephZapataIII)

He may be a few years and knee surgeries past his prime, but once upon a time, Amare Stoudemire was one of best bigmen in the league. The six-time All-Star now finds himself back home, in his birth state, as a role player coming off the bench.

You may think Stoudemire is past his prime (which he is), but he was actually one of last year’s most efficient players in the league. Last season, the 32-year-old vet finished eighth among all power forwards in player efficiency rating. He’s finished in the top ten (among power forwards) in two of the last three seasons.

Moral of the story: If Stoudemire remains healthy (which is no guarantee), he will be a huge contributor off the bench for this title-hopeful Heat team.  

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