Amare Stoudemire wins West Player of the Month

Posted by on April 2nd, 9:15 pm

Amare Stoudemire

After Phoenix Suns head coach Alvin Gentry took home Western Conference Coach of the Month honors on Thursday, it was only fitting that his best offensive player captured the award just over 24 hours later.

Amare Stoudemire’s monster March — 27.3 points, 9.9 rebounds, 57.7 FG percentage, 84.8 FT percentage — earned him Western Conference Player of the Month honors, the NBA announced earlier tonight.

Amare posted seven 30-point games and a 44-point effort in the month of March, and he’s even continued his onslaught into April as he scored 29 points on 13-of-15 shooting in tonight’s win over the Pistons.

When Stoudemire is playing motivated on both sides of the ball, the Suns are nearly impossible to stop. It is no coincidence that Phoenix is tied for the best record in the NBA since Jan. 28 (23-5), which was the game that lit a fire under Amare after he was benched for the entire fourth quarter in a win over the Mavs.

Ever since, STAT has been in full beast mode, scoring 30 at will, and doing it about as efficiently as any player in the NBA while adding in a few monster jams along the way. Stoudemire is continuing to look more and more like a max-money player, and as Schwartz argued recently, the Suns need to find a way to bring back the big man at all costs.

Mike Schmitz

Mike Schmitz is a former ValleyoftheSuns writer who now works as an assistant video coordinator for the D-League\\’s Bakersfield Jam. He specialized in video breakdowns for VotS.

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Tags: Alvin Gentry · Amare Stoudemire · Phoenix Suns · Phoenix Suns News

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 KeZ // Apr 3, 2010 at 4:49 am

    And you wanted 2 trade the STATmachine for JJ. Hickson!? Keep dunkin on people amar´e……

  • 2 Mangatang // Apr 3, 2010 at 11:34 am

    Uh, if by “you,” you mean Kerr, then you’re right. Mike, however, NEVER wanted to trade STAT for Hickson. Unless, of course, you already forgot his piece on that ridiculous trade proposal: http://valleyofthesuns.com/2010/02/13/amare-stoudemire-to-cleveland-makes-no-sense/

  • 3 Preview: Suns (50-26) at Bucks (41-34)| Valley of the Suns // Apr 3, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    [...] are red-hot, and with the playoffs on their mind, I doubt that Milwaukee will be able to contain Western Conference Player of the Month Amare Stoudemire and company. Stoudemire did it again last night, with 29 points on only 15 shots, [...]

  • 4 KeZ // Apr 4, 2010 at 4:23 am

    Mangatang, I meant the organisation!

  • 5 The Z. Man // Apr 4, 2010 at 8:07 am

    Love the resurgence of STAT.

    Love to see all of our guys play up to their full potential. Nash is the best at bringing out a player's full potential. Nash used to be the only leader on a coach-less team. Hill and STAT himself and Barbosa, now that he is back, and even a couple of the younger guys are learning the value of making their team mate play at his best. When a team is in that make the next guy's play mode, that is when championships happen because teams that play that way are very hard to beat.

    When STAT shoots a high percentage (lots of rolls and attacking the hoop), Suns have the advantage of very efficient offense that should help the team score lots. When he settles for a jump shot, we tend to lose. Playing against the Bucks last evening, Amare and other Suns looked like they had no fuel left in the tank. Very understandable given the fact that we played the best team on the 2nd consecutive back to back's back end game. Good to see improved play from Dragic and the Brazilian Blur.

    MUST start and also finish with LB. Let's go SUNS!!!!

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