Pretty sure his Boston Celtics would have been plenty happy adding Amare to their team and Bill Simmons would have passed out with joy. Amare's +/- has always been very high as well. I think that part of the problem and the gap that we are having observationally lies in physical talent/ athleticism vs. polish. When you have a big man like Amare or Amir, they add a lot of value in ways that aren't easy to quantify. 2 shot blocks in the first half is more than that... even if there are a couple fouls thrown in too. It also deters the other team from penetrating after that and allows your other defenders to cheat out further on the perimeter. Some rebounds that don't look spectacular wouldn't have been gathered in by somebody else. A dunk in traffic for Amare might be a contested miss for Charlie V. On the other hand, it is very easy to identify specific mistakes that a big man makes. Most times, big men are less skilled than other players (b/c they can be in the NBA without the complete package) and they can do things that look clumsy. Yet, they can still be very effective overall. I really don't think the Suns would have been a better team over the last 5 years if they would have waived Amare.