View Full Version : Amare Stoudamire is the NBA ROY

04-24-2003, 08:04 PM
PHOENIX -- Amare Stoudemire won the NBA Rookie of the Year award Thursday, the first player to do so after coming to the league directly from high school.

The Phoenix Suns forward -- quick, powerful and barely out of his teens -- beat out Houston Rockets center Yao Ming, last year's No. 1 draft pick.
Stoudemire received 458 points, including 59 of a possible 117 first-place votes, in balloting by sports writers and broadcasters. Yao finished with 405 points. Caron Butler of Miami was third with 179. The players received five points for a first-place votes, three for second and one for third.

"From the adjustments that I made growing up, and now here in the NBA having a pretty good season and getting the rookie of the year award, it feels great,'' Stoudemire said. "I feel like I stayed focused, and I've been blessed from God.''

With his mother and teammates Stephon Marbury and Shawn Marion looking on, Stoudemire was presented with the trophy by Suns owner Jerry Colangelo at the packed Hard Rock Cafe in downtown Phoenix on Thursday afternoon.

"It's been a great accomplishment for me,'' Stoudemire said. "I give all the respect to my teammates. Without them, it wouldn't be possible.''

Stoudemire is only the third rookie of the year since 1965 to have been chosen after the seventh pick in the draft. New York's Mark Jackson, the 1988 winner, was the 18th pick. Jamaal Wilkes of Golden State, who won in 1975, was the 11th selection in the draft.

He's the third Suns player to win the award, but the first since Walter Davis in 1978. Phoenix's Alvan Adams won in 1976.

Stoudemire, who turned 20 two weeks into the season, averaged 13.5 points and 8.8 rebounds, better rookie statistics than any player to turn pro out of high school since Moses Malone.

Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett and Tracy McGrady all had less impact in their rookie seasons than did Stoudemire. At 6-foot-10 and 245 pounds, he gave the Suns an inside presence crucial to their surprising drive to the playoffs.

Stoudemire was 12 when his father died. His mother was in and out of jail throughout his childhood. His older brother is in prison on drug and sex abuse convictions.

Somehow, Stoudemire stayed out of trouble. He went to six high schools, the last of them Cypress Creek High School in Orlando, and he had to sit out his junior season because of transfer rules.

Concern over his background may have been the reason he was still available when Phoenix made its pick. At the time, Suns owner Jerry Colangelo confidently predicted that Stoudemire could be the best player the team ever drafted.

Colangelo and his son, Suns president Bryan Colangelo, knew after meeting Stoudemire and seeing him work out that he was the player they wanted.

"He had a great look in his eyes,'' Jerry Colangelo said, "and physically he went out there and kind of showed that he was a man among young guys. He was physically way ahead of his age.

"I turned to some of our people and said there's only one guy I've ever seen come through here that moved me as much as he did, and that was Kobe Bryant.''

Stoudemire didn't begin playing basketball until he was 14, and he had no serious coaching until he came to the Suns.

"Amare was like a sponge,'' Colangelo said. "Whatever was being taught, he was able to pick up quickly. I think his work ethic sets him apart, too. It's not so much his God-given athletic ability, but he wants to be the best.''

He began the season as a reserve but moved into the starting lineup when Tom Gugliotta went down with a foot injury after 11 games. Confident and usually poised far beyond his years, Stoudemire showed no sign of being intimidated by his big, rough, older opponents. His favorite player in high school was Shaquille O'Neal.

Stoudemire scored 38 points and grabbed 14 rebounds at Minnesota on Dec. 30. If he ever had any self-doubts, they ended that night.

"I think I had a good feeling for the game,'' he said, "and I was feeling very comfortable after that.''

Against Memphis on Jan. 10, he grabbed 21 rebounds, a Phoenix rookie record and the most by a Suns player since Charles Barkley's 26 against Houston in 1996.

Stoudemire scored 24 points in his playoff debut against San Antonio last week, including an improbable bank-shot 3-pointer that sent the game into overtime.

Colangelo said Stoudemire needs to work on staying out of foul trouble and hitting his mid-range jumper.

"His 3-point jumper looks pretty good,'' he joked.

04-24-2003, 09:38 PM
Yao Ming
29.0 Minutes .498 FG .811 FT 1.8 Blks. 8.2 Reb 1.7 Ast. 13.5 Points

Amare Stoudamire
31.3 Minutes .472 FG .661 FT 1.1 Blks 8.8 Reb. 1.0 Ast. 13.5 Points

Well, its all subjective I suppose, but Yao shot a better percentage from the field and from the line, dished out more assists, had more blocks, slightly less rebounds in over two less minutes per game and averaged the same amount of points.

I think Yao should have won, and I think Yao is going to end up being better. Of course, I don't get to vote.


04-24-2003, 09:40 PM
I can respect that Hitman. I thought Nene Hilario deserved more consideration...but I don't get to vote either. i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif Still, it's tough to argue with Amare. The guy is a stud.

04-24-2003, 10:15 PM
Amare deserved the ROF because he helped his team make the playoffs. Everything else is relatively even so that should be the deciding factor.

04-24-2003, 10:22 PM
I'm glad it's Stoudamire. Ming deserved much consideration for sure, but he just didn't impress me as much.

04-24-2003, 11:26 PM
Nene didn't deserve any serious consideration at all. He was good, top 5 rookie mabye, but consideration for winning? no way.

04-24-2003, 11:27 PM
<< Nene didn't deserve any serious consideration at all. He was good, top 5 rookie mabye, but consideration for winning? no way. >>

Thank you for your worthless opinion. Had I said Ming you would have bashed him. It didn't matter who I posted troll. You just insist on being a jackass.

04-24-2003, 11:28 PM
And obviously several of the voters (the ones who count) felt otherwise.

04-24-2003, 11:34 PM
Actually, the way Denver performed this year quite some of their guys should receive attention. The difference between Denver and Cleveland was obvious - Denver played with class and the will to fight, and that deserves respect.

I do agree with taking Amare over Ming for the teams success though.

04-24-2003, 11:35 PM
Nope, I think Ming deserved second, I only give Amare the edge b/c of the playoff factor. I haven't seen the full list, but im fairly sure Nene, vote wise, wasn't close to winning! IMO, Amare, Yao, Caron, Gooden and Gordon all had much better years/contributions.

04-24-2003, 11:35 PM
SJ- well said.

04-24-2003, 11:36 PM
Hey buttdart (the ref guy)- noone said anywhere Hilario should have won. You can't read either? Not surprising.

Thanks for yet another worthless input. Had we wanted to hear from an ass I would have farted. http://adwoff.com/ubb/graemlins/9d-deadly-gas.gif

04-24-2003, 11:38 PM
By consideration, I believe you should be AT LEAST top 3 or 4 vote wise, was Nene?

04-24-2003, 11:40 PM
<< By consideration, I believe you should be AT LEAST top 3 or 4 vote wise, was Nene? >>

More drivel. We need to go by your worthless interpretation of the definition of &quot;consideration&quot;? You only are here to piss people off and stir up the board.

04-24-2003, 11:42 PM
Perhaps I misunderstood you. I was/am under the belief that you thought Nene deserved more consideration to win, is that not right? Well, imo, he didn't deserve any consideration to actually WIN, the voters agreed. I think he was solid, top 5-7 rookie, but consideration to win? No way.

04-24-2003, 11:47 PM
You are wrong. he is definitely in the top 3-5. You cannot understand english so why should I try. I know what I meant and you did too....you are just hell bent on causing controversy and stirring up the board.

It all sounds way too familiar. Exactly like the last time MFF was picked on...and some other posts are almost word for word.

04-25-2003, 11:27 AM
I definitly think that Amare should have won, the adjustment that he had to make coming from high school as opposed to a professional background, like Yao.

04-27-2003, 12:25 PM
Amare definately deserved it, he helped the Suns even more than Yao did help the Rockets. He, and not Marbury or Marion, was the decisive factor for them to reach the playoffs.