After finishing in the top five in MVP voting for last season. Amare Stoudemire must be a serious candidate for MVP in this upcoming season, up there with the likes of, Chris Paul, LeBron James and Kobe Bryant. This is definitely a hot topic as the new season draws ever closer.
However Amare's defense leaves a lot to be desired. Amare is very lazy in the post and uses his hands instead of his feet. This is mainly why he commits so many cheap fouls. Last season he averaged 9.1 RPG, 2.1 BPG, 3.7 PF. Many critics have always been quick to judge Stoudemire's rebounding ability, but he has always played alongside good rebounders, first Shawn Marion and now Shaquille O'Neal. Now with O'Neal on the team Amare is not expected to pull down 15 RPG every night like Dwight Howard. However Amare must become more of a defensive presence.
On the other hand Amare Stoudemire is considered as an "offensive beast" by many. With his offensive stats sitting pretty at 25.2 PPG, 0.590 FG%, 0.805 FT%.
Now judging on if his defense does improve there are still many other factors to take into consideration, such as; Phoenix need to get a top two finish in the Western Conference, also he must continue to be a threat from mid range. If these things happen Amare Stoudemire has a very good chance of being the 2008-09 MVP.
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