6-time All Star, 2002-2003 Rookie Of The Year
In the late 80’s throughout the 1990s, the NBA pick and roll standard came in the form of John Stockton and Karl Malone. For the 2000’s? That standard was Steve Nash and Amare Stoudemire. Even before Nash returned to Phoenix STAT had made a name for rising high and slamming over opponents (cue Stephon Marbury frowning gif). When he played at least 70 games in a season Stoudemire was always good for at least 20 points and 8 rebounds. A strong finisher with great hands who eventually developed a shot from 15 feet, Stoudemire was interchangeable from power forward to center for the Seven Second or Less Suns, a team that without a doubt shifted the way the league plays today. You could play him next to Robin Lopez just as easily as you can place him next to Boris Diaw.
Amare’s best year statistically might be his 2007-08 campaign, which is surprising considering he shared the latter of that season with an awkward fit in midsession acquisition Shaquille O’Neal. A knee surgery robbed him of a prime year in 2006, and after an All Star appearance in his first year in New York, Stoudamire was never the same. But save for that missed season in 2006, STAT gave big men fits in the 2000s, and should have his jersey hanging in the Arizona desert.