First of all, I like Amare's game. The addition of that short j. really makes him more dangerous, BUT D blows him away with his rebounding skills. The boy dominates the paint nightly. Currently leading the league in rebounding AND he's only what, 20 years old. He's already better than Amare. I guess I should be comparing him to Boozer as well who is an MVP candidate so far also. Before the saeson began I expected Orlando to play like a playoff team and they are better than I thought. Amare needs to be a little tougher on d also ,which is another area that D beats him in. The Monster from the O is keeping the 5 alive.
its hard to pick amare in this right now. he is not as physically imposing, somewhat less athletic (post-op), not as sound defensively, not as good a rebounder, more of an injury risk, and older.
however, amare's offense is dramatically better. specifically, his ability to finish around the hoop and have something of an outside shooting touch. he also is a bit more selfish around the hoop, which is a positive for people that are so unstoppable in that region.
right now, i'd take howard. but, amare is still top 3 center even now (yao and dwight have the advantage for now)
I used to think they were the same type of player but that isn't the case anymore. Amare's strongest skill is his slashing ability as a big man. He had it pre-op but he doesn't have it back yet (seen him stripped so many times this year). Dwight on the other hand, has a massive body that is better suited for a post-up big man. They are both very explosive players at the rim, but they use different skills to get there.
Dwight Nash wouldn't be a good combo because as someone said, Howard isn't someone who commands the ball like Amare does. Howard makes most of his points on put backs and deep post moves, and not on pick and role or face up type moves. That being said, defensive players are always considered better, so that is why Dwight has the edge. But Amare is definitely way ahead of Dwight on the offensive end and is improving defensively, so it's gonna be a tight race eventually.