|Birthplace:||Lake Wales, FL|
|Draft:||First round, ninth overall|
Amare'Stoudemire (born November 16,1982 in Lake Wales, Florida) was signed as a free agent by the Dallas Mavericks on February 18, 2015.
Stoudemire, who attended five different high schools, graduated from Cypress Creek High School in Orlando where he accumulated numerous accolades including being named to the USA Today All-First Team, Mr. Basketball in Florida for 2002 and a McDonalds All-American.
He elected to bypass college completely and declared for the 2002 NBA Draft. He was selected in the first round (ninth overall) by the Phoenix Suns where he immediately made a major impact. Playing in all 82 of the team's games and averaging 13.5 points, Stoudemire was named to the NBA's All-Rookie First Team and the league's Rookie of the Year.
In 2004-2005, his third season, the 6'10 forward posted a career high in scoring with 26.0 ppg, was named to his first NBA All-Star team and led the Suns to the playoffs for the second of his three years in the league. The next season, however, was the exact opposite as microfracture surgery to his left knee limited Stoudemire to only three games.
Coming back with a vengence in 2006-2007, he again appeared in all 82 games, had a career-high 9.6 rebounds and posted the first of what would be five consecutive 20+ point seasons.
Eye surgery for a detached retina kept Stoudemire to only 53 games in 2008-2009 but he returned the next season to play in all 82 games and help the Suns back to the playoffs for what would be his final year in Phoenix.
Signing a long-term free agent deal with the New York Knicks on July 7, 2010, Stoudemire hit the ground running by averaging 25.3 points in his first season and leading the team to the first of three consecutive playoff appearances.
2011-2012 proved to be an ominous season for Amar'e Stoudemire as, limited to only 47 games, he began a five-year run where he was plagued by injuries and saw declining scoring numbers. The next year saw a knee injury which cost him the first two months of the year and seeing game-action in only 29 games.
Stoudemire became a free agent after New York waived him on February 16, 2015. Just two days later he signed with the Dallas Mavericks where, in 23 games, he averaged 10.8 games and brought much-needed veteran stability to the team.
During the summer of 2015, Stoudemire signed a free agent contract to play with the Miami Heat.
Incredibly active off the court, Stoudemire started the Each One, Teach One foundation in 2003 and won the MBA's Community Assist Award in November of 2008. He also has had his own record label and clothing line.
In a humorous sidenote, in early 2014, he posted a photo to his Instagram account captioned "Recovery Day! Red Wine Bath!!". He had begun practicing vinotherapy which involves the immersion in grape branches, vines, leaves and skin and includes 40-minute baths in a mixture of red and white wine. New York Magazine did a story on him and the science of vinotherapy.