Amare Stoudemire believes Carmelo Anthony is the best pure shooter in the NBA

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Knicks at Wizards 11/23/13

Amare Stoudemire is a former NBA player who last played with the Miami Heat last season. While Stoudemire is done in the league, he still has something to say to his former teammate in New York Knicks.

“Carmelo Anthony, I think he’s the best pure scorer in the NBA and it just comes so easy to him,” Amare stated, as reported by the Players Tribune.

Stoudemire added that when Anthony is on fire, he could just pile up points from everywhere on the court.

“That night when he scored 62 at the Garden, that was easy for him and he could have gotten 70, maybe more,” Amare mentioned.

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The 33-year-old seems to be in awe of how Carmelo plays the game. But Anthony still does not have a ring unlike his colleagues, Lebron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. These players have already won a championship while playing together in Miami during the 2011-2012 season. Interestingly, only Bosh is left among those players in a Heat uniform right now.

James, Wade and Bosh were all drafted in 2003 along with Anthony.

Stoudemire is nicknamed, “STAT”, which means “Standing Tall and Talented”. STAT announced his NBA retirement recently to play in Israel. He reasoned that he wants to continue his “spiritual journey” to play in the Hapoel team of Jerusalem.

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Amare had his best seasons while playing for the Phoenix Suns, where he was drafted in 2002. The man from Lake Wales, Florida tallied his best scoring performance at 26 points per game during the 2004-2005 season.

He had career averages of 18.9 points per game, 7.8 rebounds per game, 1.2 assists per game, 0.8 steals per game and 1.2 blocks per game.

Stoudemire won the 2003 NBA Rookie of the year. He is also a six-time NBA All-star.

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