Is Trading Amare Stoudemire a Good Move?

Tyler PollardCorrespondent IJuly 5, 2009

PHOENIX - FEBRUARY 8:  Chris Wilcox #54 of the Seattle SuperSonics tips the ball in over Amare' Stoudemire #1 of the Phoenix Suns on February 8, 2008 at US Airways Center in Phoenix, Arizona. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.(Photo by Domenic Centofanti/Getty Images)

The picture above is Amare Stoudemire getting dunked on by Chris Wilcox, but on the other end, Amare will just get the ball and dunk on someone else.

This has been the story of Amare Stoudemire and his six-year career in the NBA. There is no doubt in my mind that Amare has to be one of the worst defensive big men in the league. The problem is, he is also one of the best offensive power forwards in the NBA.

This leaves the Phoenix Suns front office puzzled, willing to trade him to any team deemed the highest bidder.

The solution: Bring in a coach who can teach Amare how to get better on defense. If you look at all of Amare's coaches in his six-year Phoenix Suns career, you'll see that they've never really had a mind-set to teach defense.

Mike Dantoni 2003-2008: Probably the best offensive coach, turned the lagging Suns in 2003 to the best show in sneakers. In his five-year reign as head coach, the Suns lead the NBA in scoring all four years. He got fired and went to New York and turned the Knicks offense in to the fourth best offense in the NBA.

Terry Porter 2008-2009: Came in to turn the team into a Shaq-based team didn't work and got fired for the Suns record. His primary focus was to base the team around Shaq which didn't work out for players who had been built to live and breathe fast break.


Alvin Gentry 2009-present: A lot like Mike D'Antoni, he was brought in to bring the Suns back to that run n' gun style that the Suns were all so familiar with. Brought the Suns' PPG total up from 15th in the league to first.

So when you look at all of Amare's coaches, you realize Amare Stoudamire has never had a coach to teach him defense.

So, to all of you that criticize Amare because of his bad defense, don't blame him. Blame the Phoenix Suns Front Office for never bringing in a assistant coach to teach him defense. This problem could be solved so simply, and yet Steve Kerr is going to trade the Suns' future away.

Don't forget this either: Amare came right out of high school into the NBA. He was still trying to find his game and walked right in on a team based 100 percent on offense.

So this is my advice to Steve Kerr, don't trade Amare, teach him defense.