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Former Knick Amar’e Stoudemire and top prospect Deni Avdija won the Israeli League championship

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Amar’e is the Knicks’ past; could Deni be the future?

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The New York Knicks might not play competitive basketball for a while, but Knicks fans were treated to a little something old and (perhaps) a little something new during Tuesday’s Israeli League championship.

Maccabi Tel Aviv held off a late charge from underdog Macabi Rishon to win the title game, 86-81. Their leading scorer on the night — and Final Four MVP — was none other than former Knick Amar’e Stoudemire.

STAT dropped 18 points and grabbed 7 points for the victors. He also came through in the clutch, with two late baskets and a pair of free throws to put the game away.

Here we see Amar’e in action in the Final Four, looking like the bully-ball STAT of old.

Draftniks will recognize one of the players feeding Amar’e in the post and off the pick-and-roll in that last video as 19-year-old forward and surefire 2020 lottery pick Deni Avdija. While the kid didn’t play his best game in the final, he was named the youngest-ever Israeli League MVP during the regular season.

Avdija’s draft stock has been rising of late, and he might be the bet player on the board wherever the Knicks end up picking. We’ll have a Know the Prospect profile of him eventually, but until then, here’s a highlight package to whet your appetite.

Wouldn’t it be wild if Amar’e Stoudemire’s Israeli protege wound up playing in STAT’s old stomping grounds?