Stoudemire's midrange game has sharpened

Coming into the NBA as a rookie, Amare Stoudemire didn't have a strong midrange game, and before this season he never ranked in the top 20 in field goals made per game from 10 to 15 feet. But he has worked tirelessly on his shot, as demonstrated by staying after practice taking jumper after jumper. This year, thanks to his six-game streak of 30 points or more -- one away from the Knicks record (more on that below) -- Stoudemire is now ranked 12th in that category.

He's averaging a career-high one field goal make per game from that range -- the same amount as guys by the name of Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Rudy Gay, and just one below the league's best big-man shooter, Dirk Nowitzki. Just another notable name to throw out there, Kobe Bryant, arguably the league's best midrange gunner, is only averaging 0.3 more makes per game than Stoudemire from that area on the court. While Stoudemire is not shooting over 50% from 10 to 15 feet, his 41.8% ranks ahead of Durant (38%) and just below Bryant (42.4%).

One other shooting note to highlight is Stoudemire's production from 0 to 10 feet. In the past two seasons, his field goal makes per game from that range were 1.3 and 1.8, respectively. This year, he's bumped up that average significantly to a career-high 2.7 -- third in the league behind Dwight Howard and Brook Lopez -- and he's shooting 52.1% from that area on the court.

"He has a very inquisitive mind," Mike D'Antoni said of Stoudemire, who's now the NBA's third-leading scorer at 25.7 per game (ESPNNewYork.com). "He always wants to better himself, and I think that has helped him get into a position where he's a great, becoming a great leader or is a great leader, and he just becomes it more every year because he's not satisfied with what he has off the court, or on the court." The MVP chants rang loud last night.

Most Consecutive 30-Point Games In Knicks History

Willie Naulls -- 7 (1961-62)*

Amare Stoudemire -- 6 (2010-11)

Stephon Marbury -- 5 (2004-05)

Patrick Ewing -- 5 (1994-95)

Bernard King -- 5 (1984-85)

Bernard King -- 5 (1984-85)

Bob McAdoo -- 5 (1977-78)

Dick Barnett -- 5 (1965-66)

*The sixth game of Naulls' streak, on March 2, 1962, was the same day Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points.

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