DALLAS – Amar’e Stoudemire has only played four games with the Dallas Mavericks since taking a buyout from the New York Knicks last month.
But during that span the 13-year veteran has more than proven to be a very efficient player.
In those four games with the Mavs, Stoudemire has 43 points, 16 rebounds and is 16-of-27 from the field in 71 workmanlike minutes. His contributions have been very timely and meaningful during a period when the Mavs are short-handed on the front line because of injuries to Tyson Chandler and Chandler Parsons.
"It’s taking a little time, but I’m definitely getting more comfortable offensively,’’ Stoudemire said. "Defensively, as well.
"As the season goes on and as I continue to practice more and kind of be with the guys, I’m sure I’ll become more comfortable.’’
Stoudemire contributed 14 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals Monday as the Mavs defeated the New Orleans Pelicans 102-93 at American Airlines Center.
In mainly playing backup minutes at center, Stoudemire has been able to power his way inside for dunks while also step outside and bang in a feathery jump shot.
"He’s a really good player and he’s into it,’’ coach Rick Carlisle said. "I knew how hard it was to gameplan for him this year, so I expected him to be good.
"He’s just a super guy, too. He’s a really positive guy in the locker room and in timeouts and stuff like that, and that’s really impressive. He’s doing a terrific job for us.’’