The Los Angeles Lakers always seem to find a way to acquire the best players in the league, whether through free agency or seemingly lopsided trades.
Now, NBA fans can add the trade for Dwight Howard to the list of remarkable moves.
Kwame Brown-for-Pau Gasol and Vlade Divac-for-Kobe Bryant may have some company in the annals of Lakers’ greatest steals in franchise history — at least that’s the mentality of the overwhelming majority of Lakers’ fans.
But there should be a little more caution when looking at the overall effectiveness of this trade. Howard and Andrew Bynum, who was moved along with a first-round pick for the former No. 1 overall selecton, are No.’s 1 and 1A when it comes to NBA centers’ power rankings.
However, what Howard brings to the table — athleticism, speed, and defense — are the most desirable assets of Howard’s. What’s more is that these happen to be precisely what gave the Lakers fits in the playoffs in 2012. The defense couldn’t stop anyone, and the bench couldn’t keep the starters in games.
Aside from Howard, the other moves the Lakers made will complement the newest Lakers big man perfectly. A title is now within reach, but not a certainty. No matter what, the move makes the team instantly relevant once again and right where it belongs as one of the game’s most storied franchises.
It looks like “Showtime” is back in Los Angeles, win or lose.
Michael C. Jones is the Editor of Sports Out West. You can follow him on Twitter for more insight.
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