I know he is stud when healthy and the Suns had another great season. But I was a little surprised when I saw Amare on the All-NBA First Team as I don't consider him one of the five best players in the league.
With full knowledge that there is more to it than just stats, Stoudemire finished 18th in the league in scoring at 20.4 points per game, outscored at what I would consider to be his position by five others: Zach Randolph(!), Chris Bosh, Kevin Garnett and DudeSpin favorites Carlos Boozer and Elton Brand. Amare did finish ninth in the league in rebounding with 9.8 boards per contest, yet he didn't even lead his team thanks to Shawn Marion.
At 1.3 blocks per game he was easily outside the top 20 and finished with less than Marion there too. He did post a ridiculously high shooting percentage that was basically the equivalent of going better than 7-for-13 from the floor every night, but I'd say playing with some guy named Steve Nash had a little something to do with that.
And yes, the Suns were seven games better this year with Stoudemire playing than they were last year. That's to be expected when you get back one of the better big men in the league. That still doesn't necessarily mean All-NBA First Team.
What am I missing here? Dude, with your time spent with League Pass and penchant for watching West Coast games, perhaps you can enlighten me. It's either that or debate the merits of Dirk's MVP, and I don't Head Dude wants us to go there.