The 75 greatest NBA players of the 2010s, ranked

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55) Amar'e Stoudemire

Although former NBA big man Amar'e Stoudemire was at his peak during the 2000s, he still had a couple of good seasons in the subsequent decade. After seven seasons with the Phoenix Suns, he spent his final season with the team putting up strong numbers, averaging 23.1 points, 8.9 rebounds, and 1 block per game but he opted to leave for the New York Knicks in the summer of 2010.

That ended the Suns' run during the 2000s while helping pull the Knicks out of the bottom of the standings. In 2010–11, Stoudemire had one of his best seasons, posting 25.3 points and 8.2 rebounds and helping the Knicks lure Carmelo Anthony to New York. They would make the playoffs each of Stoudemire's first three seasons after the Knicks previously missed the postseason for six straight years.

In fact, in 2012–13, they won 54 games, their most successful season in the fifteen up to that point. He had begun to breakdown by then, however. He missed 53 games in 2012 and 17 in 2013, leading to his being waived by the Knicks in 2015. He later signed with the Dallas Mavericks and finished his career with the Miami Heat in 2015-16. 

Although he played seven seasons during the decade and missed significant time, he still had two strong years in which he made the all-star team twice and two all-NBA teams. That makes him one of the more successful players of that era.