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Amar’e Stoudemire returns to USA from China, hoping for NBA return

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Six-time NBA All-Star Amar’e Stoudemire has returned to the States after a brief stint in China and is working out in South Florida in the hopes of playing his way onto an NBA roster, according to Marc Stein of The New York Times.

Stoudemire last played in the NBA during the 2015-16 season. He appeared in 52 games with the Miami Heat:

The ninth overall pick in the 2002 draft straight out of high school, Amar’e Stoudemire has career NBA averages of 18.9 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.2 blocks in 846 games with the Phoenix Suns, New York Knicks, Dallas Mavericks and Heat.

During his last stint with the Heat, Stoudemire put up 5.8 points and 4.3 rebounds. He’s now 37-years-old. The former Rookie of the Year’s best season in the NBA came during the 2004-05 campaign when he averaged 26.0 points and 8.9 rebounds for the Suns.

Stoudemire used to be a monster in the pick-and-roll with Hall of Famer Steve Nash in Phoenix. Knee injuries robbed Stoudemire of his athleticism once he got to New York and he became a shell of himself after the 2010-11 season after New York acquired Carmelo Anthony from the Denver Nuggets and made Melo the No. 1 option on offense.

Amar’e Stoudemire averaged 25.3 points per game in his first season with the Knicks. He didn’t average 20.0 points ever again.