From Mike D’Antoni: "The post-up is one of the least efficient plays in basketball"
It must be ironic to see that coming from a former coach of yours, and this might be the case for forward Amar’e Stoudemire.
During the offseason, he made a conscious effort to improve his post-up moves by training with NBA Legend Hakeem Olajuwon for two weeks. Amar’e is not really known for his posting up down on the low block, but he has certainly shown some great potential with his limited post-up touches even if some stats show otherwise (due to small sample size). More from Beckley Mason of ESPN.com:
In his first month back with the Knicks, Stoudemire is posting up far more than in previous seasons and scoring like crazy from the box, at least when he doesn't turn it over. Synergy reports that last season, Stoudemire used just 10.4 percent of his possessions in post-up situations. This year, that number has climbed to 30.7 percent. And Stoudemire is making good on those touches, shooting a ridiculous 62.1 percent compared to just 40.5 percent last year.
He may be still at his best when he faces up in the high post and blow by bigger defenders and finish, but seeing this progress can make the Knicks fans much more ecstatic about his game. Also note that having second-tier defenders (more often than not) having to defend him can also help since Stoudemire comes off the bench for much part of this season.