Birthplace: Lake Wales, FL
NBA Seasons: 14
All Star Appearances: 6
Amar’e Stoudemire, who signed on Feb. 14 to be co-captain of Tri-State, played 14 seasons in the NBA and was named to the All-Star Game six times. He was drafted with the ninth overall pick in the 2002 NBA draft by the Phoenix Suns, where he was named 2003 NBA Rookie of the Year, and played for eight seasons. In 2010, he signed with the New York Knicks as a free agent. His high-profile signing put an end to the team’s playoff drought and sparked a three-season playoff run. He went on to play with the Dallas Mavericks and the Miami Heat, before signing a one-day contract to retire as a New York Knick in 2016. Following his NBA career, Stoudemire moved overseas and played two seasons in Israel for Hapoel Jerusalem, helping his team win the Israeli Basketball League Cup in 2016 and the Israeli League championship in 2017. Stoudemire owns a share of the team.
For his career, Stoudemire averaged 18.9 points (15,994 total) and 7.8 rebounds (6,632) in 846 career games. He was named to five All-NBA Teams (two first-team, three second-team). He also won a bronze medal with the United States National Team at the 2004 Summer Olympics.
His off-court ventures include a record label, a clothing line, acting and a series of children’s books for Scholastic Press.