Amar'e Carsares Stoudemire (/əˈmɑːreɪ ˈstɒdəmaɪər/; born November 16, 1982) is an American professional basketball player for Hapoel Jerusalem of the Israeli Premier League and the Basketball Champions League. He won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award in 2003 with the Phoenix Suns, who selected him in the first round of the 2002 NBA draft with the ninth overall pick. He made six appearances in the NBA All-Star Game and was named to the All-NBA Team five times, including one first-team selection in 2007.
Stoudemire played high school basketball for five different schools, ultimately graduating from Cypress Creek High School in Orlando, Florida, and declaring for the NBA draft as a prep-to-pro player. He won several prep honors, including being selected as Florida's Mr. Basketball. He spent his first 12½ seasons with the Suns and the New York Knicks, before finishing his NBA career with the Dallas Mavericks and the Miami Heat. The highly athletic Stoudemire suffered from chronic knee problems during his career, including undergoing microfracture surgery on his knees.