When I think of Amar'e Stoudemire, really only two things come to mind: beautiful Steve Nash-led pick and rolls and thunderous dunks. While this obviously doesn't represent the Amar'e Stoudemire of the present, it will eventually reflect his legacy.
I was personally elated when Miami signed Stoudemire, not only because they've taken steps to fill gaps in the roster, but also because of the experience Amar'e brings to the table. The Heat aren't getting the highly coveted Stoudemire of 2010, but rather his wine bathing 2015 counterpart, and that's not a bad thing.
Amar'e is far from helpless:
Despite his many injuries, and the countless backlash from Knicks fans, Amar'e is not dead. While he can't play like he did in 2010 for 30 minutes a night, he can still play on an elite level. In the 2014-2015 season Amar'e averaged 11.5 points, 5.6 rebounds all while shooting 58% from the field. While it's important to not disregard his time in New York. it's important to realize that his role in Miami will be similar to the one he played in Dallas in the latter half of last season.
As demonstrated by the footage above, it's obvious that Amar'e can do a lot to help the Heat, especially on the offensive end. Stoudemire has tremendous basketball IQ, he's able to analyze a defense and get into the best possible situation to score. Whether that be in the low block, or following up on the boards after a shot, Amar'e will be able to get buckets based on pure grit alone. However, that's not to say that he can't be effective based on finesse alone, Amar'e has an extremely developed post game and a soft touch at the basket that makes him a nightmare for opposing players.
It's also interesting to see that where Amar'e used to elect to drive to the rim he now prefers to throw up a floater. While not exactly thrilling from a viewer's perspective this change will allow for more durability down the line. Additionally, Amar'e is a menace in a pick and roll offensive set, and though he didn't get to use it much in Dallas, his cutting ability and willingness to stretch the floor will prove to be deadly.
Miami doesn't need him to be a star:
Miami doesn't need the Amar'e Studemire of 2010, they just need him to continue what he's been doing on offense for the last couple of seasons and find a way to work in tandem with Chris Bosh. It's no secret that Amar'e is a liability on defense, so the Heat will have to use him sparingly throughout the course of the season in that regard.
Whatever the case having him in Miami completely rejuvenates the bench, something the Heat were lacking severely in season's past.
Team chemistry is everything:
Amar'e has played in numerous systems over the course of his career, from the "7 seconds or less" Mike D'Antoni offense to even a brief stint in the triangle, he knows how to shift his game to help his team win. It also helps that he's familiar with Miami's primary facilitator, Goran Dragic because of his time in Phoenix. I envision Amar'e and Goran being able to parallel (somewhat) the two man game set that made Nash and him so effective in Phoenix.
Amar'e also should be able to command the respect of his peers due his experience. I'm really looking forward to Amar'e suiting up with the Heat, the season can't come soon enough.