New York Knicks: Can Amar'e Stoudemire Anchor The Triangle?

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Apr 16, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Amar’e Stoudemire (1) during the first half against the Toronto Raptors at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jim O’Connor-USA TODAY Sports

Few systems have ever influenced the art of basketball as much as Tex Winter’s triangle offense. The triple-post attack is complex in its nature, but it’s a motion-based offense which illustrates just how important each player on the floor truly is.

In 2014-15, president of basketball operations Phil Jackson and head coach Derek Fisher will introduce the triangle to the New York Knicks. It’s a major change for an organization which has relied heavily on isolation over the past few seasons.

The question is, can Amar’e Stoudemire anchor Jackson’s patented system?

Between Andrea Bargnani, Samuel Dalembert and Stoudemire, the Knicks have more questions than answers. They’ve built something of a solid interior, but it’s not exactly tailor-made for the most crucial roles that fit into the system.

Stoudemire will take center stage as he, the highest-paid big man on the team, attempts to anchor the post. He averaged 11.9 points and 4.9 rebounds in 22.6 minutes, but that’s not enough.

Stoudemire must return to the dominance that earned him five All-NBA selections.

That will all be put to the test in 2014-15. No player will be under more pressure to perform than Stoudemire, who will put his newly improved post game on display.

In a contract year at 31, Stoudemire will either anchor the interior or watch as the Knicks drift further from legitimacy. Which will it be?

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