Amar'e Stoudemire: did he do enough to be a Hall of Famer?

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Amar'e Stoudemire ended his career in the perfect style yesterday as he signed a contract with the New York Knicks before bringing the curtain down on an extremely exciting spell in the NBA.

He thoroughly enjoyed his five years in the Big Apple and made good on his desire to retire as a Knickerbocker having initially departed the organisation for the Dallas Mavericks in 2015. He spent last season with the Miami Heat - playing 52 regular season games as they reached the conference semi-finals - but his heart always remained in New York.

A legend to both Phoenix Suns and Knicks fans; Stoudemire's brand of dunk-first basketball will be fondly remembered by supporters across the NBA, but did he do enough during his career to become a Hall of Fame inductee?

There were six years of his career where the Orlando native was simply incredible, including his MVP-calibre debut season at Madison Square Garden, as he averaged 23.6 points and 8.7 rebounds while shooting an effective field goal percentage of over 55, boasting a Player Efficiency Rating average of 23.8 and a combined Value Over Replacement Player of 15.3 across that time.

Those six seasons all brought All-Star honours while there were five All-NBA team selections, including a first team inclusion in 2007. But the campaign that really forced him into the worldwide spotlight was 2010-11 as he dragged the Knicks back into the playoffs after a six-year hiatus.

Averaging 25.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.9 blocks while shooting a 50.5 effective field goal percentage, he took the Knicks to a first round encounter with the Boston Celtics. He never enjoyed that much playoff success with the team, but they reached the postseason three times during his spell and are still to return since he departed.

People remember his time with the Knicks, but it was Phoenix that truly made Stoudemire special. During his eight seasons in Arizona, he made five All-Star teams and averaged a stunning 21.4 points and 8.9 rebounds as they consistently challenged in the stacked Western Conference.

It would come as a surprise if his jersey wasn't, one day, hanging in the rafters of the Talking Stick Resort Arena alongside Steve Nash, Charles Barkley and the rest, but joining them in the Hall of Fame is a different kettle of fish.

Basketball Reference rates his chances of being a future member at 72.9 percent, just below the Houston Rockets' James Harden and not too far behind Stephen Curry - although Steph's likelihood will only rise as his career goes on. He is ahead of numerous inductees, including 2016 classman Yao Ming, and his impact on the game can't go unnoticed.

The Suns made the playoffs six times with Amar'e - reaching the conference finals on three separate occasions; falling to the eventual winners the San Antonio Spurs and L.A. Lakers in 2005 and 2010. His effort in the playoffs of '05 was incredible as he averaged a whopping 29.9 points and 10.7 rebounds per night.

He also made New York relevant again - something Carmelo Anthony has been striving to do since Stoudemire left. There's no doubt about it, the big man is a Hall of Famer in waiting - just ask Phoenix fans, they'll tell you.

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