As previously, the strong-side role for Stoudemire would depend on his ability to consistently go to the low block. He’d play predominantly with his back to the basket and work with something of a selfless, yet score-first mentality.
You’re not wrong if you’re concerned.
For as skilled as he is offensively, Stoudemire has never been one to routinely play out of the post. He’s more of a pick-and-roll finisher with a perimeter game to complement it.
While he’s capable of playing with his back to the basket, the low block has never been his strongest area of expertise. That will need to change, or at least improve, if the Knicks are to properly run the triangle offense.
Down low, Stoudemire will be the player who forms the triangle between he, the wing and the corner. Facing up can be utilized as an attacking tactic, but it’d be relatively limiting in the facilitating aspect of it all.
If he does struggle, the Knicks must face the reality that there is no one else on the roster with the capability to play the strong-side post role.
Not unless you post the outside-or-nothing Andrea Bargnani.
If the Knicks are to stand any chance of making a run to and through the playoffs, improvement won’t be enough. Stoudemire must anchor the triangle, and that starts on the strong-side low block.
It’ll take a massive improvement from where his post skills have been in past seasons, but Stoudemire isn’t incapable. Believe the reasonable hype.