I know what you're getting at, utdrummer. He can look at bit amateurish at times, yet his tracks don't sound amateurish at all.
Look at this clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOncnLgS3tA
. A very simple jam but he's sooo in the pocket from go to whoa, timing and tempo is spot on, the rimshot backbeat is always consistent, the kit sounds great, and every pattern he plays is appropriate.
That's what marks top players; they have the basics down so well that they can always be relied upon to provide a professional-sounding drum track, no matter what they do to get there. That's what most other musos want from us more than anything.