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Knicks mirror Magic without Stoudemire

It’s been noted elsewhere by our colleagues that the New York Knicks have been a better team statistically without Amare Stoudemire on the court.

Amare Stoudemire

Stoudemire

Their offensive and defensive efficiencies are both better without Stoudemire, so it’s worth noting what the Knicks do differently when he’s not in the game.

They’ve played 987 minutes with him off the court and 1,428 minutes with him on the court, providing plenty of data for both circumstances.

Offensively without Stoudemire the Knicks resemble the Orlando Magic, whom they play Wednesday night (7 ET, ESPN).

Almost 36 percent of the Knicks field-goal attempts without Stoudemire are 3-point attempts, a number which would rate just ahead of Orlando’s 34.6 percent for highest in the league.

When Stoudemire’s been on the court this year, just less than 22 percent of the Knicks shots have come from 3-point territory. The difference translates to more than 11 extra 3-point attempts and four extra makes per 48 minutes.

Despite having a lower field-goal percentage without Stoudemire, the Knicks have scored 4.5 points more per 48 minutes with Stoudemire off the floor. Their true shooting percentage, which takes into account field goals, 3-point field goals and free throws, is two percentage points higher when he is out.

On top of that, the Knicks have gotten to the free-throw line slightly more and turned the ball over two times fewer per 48 minutes.

The Knicks also force three more turnovers per 48 minutes with Stoudemire off the court as their turnover margin is +3.8 without Stoudemire compared to -1.4 with him. Over the course of the season, their turnover margin with Stoudemire off the court would be the best in the league.

With Knicks opponents shooting more than five percentage points worse on 3-pointers while Stoudemire is on the bench, it’s no wonder the Knicks allow more than five points fewer per 48 minutes without Stoudemire.

It’s clear the Knicks have been a different team statistically without Stoudemire, but the jury is still out on whether they are a better team.

One certainty is that without Stoudemire expect to see a team that takes a lot of threes and wins the turnover battle more often than not.

Statistical support for this story from NBA.com.