Found October 11, 2012 on
There was a lot of movement this offseason including a huge four team trade. Here are my top 10 impact moves going into the 2012 season.
Dwight Howard/ Steve Nash- Los Angeles Lakers- The Lakers made a big splash this offseason acquiring a star point guard and center. Howard will come in and replace Andrew Bynum with more experience and versatility. Nash is nearing the end of his career, but will give it all he has left with the talent around him in order to win his first ring.
Andrew Bynum and Jason Richardson- Philadelphia 76ers- Bynum was brought in to replace Elton Brand who was released by the team this offseason. Bynum possesses rare offensive and defensive skill, but has struggled to stay healthy in his career. Richardson isn’t as explosive as he once was, but will bring veteran leadership to a very young team.
Andre Iguodala- Denver Nuggets- He was also a part of the four team trade. His move to Denver hasn’t been talked about all that much, but I think it could end up having the biggest positive impact out of any transaction that took place this offseason. Iguodala is a steady two way player that gives his all night in and night out, and will blend in perfectly with the preexisting Denver line-up.
Joe Johnson- Brooklyn Nets- This trade is impactful not only for what Johnson brings to the team, but it also helped keep Deron Williams from signing with the Mavericks. Johnson brings another elite scorer to their already formidable backcourt. With unlimited shooting range and a solid defensive presence he could bring some excitement to the new Nets fans.
O.J. Mayo/ Elton Brand- These guys were both cast out by their former teams which now gives them something to prove. However, this list is about impact moves, and not all of them will be successfully impactful. Mayo is young but inconsistent. Brand is past his prime, but can still put up 15 and 10 when healthy. Adding another older veteran to this team isn’t the answer, and Mayo isn’t a suitable replacement to losing out on Williams.
Lou Williams/ Devin Harris- Atlanta Hawks- I’ve marveled at Lou Williams’ talent ever since he came into the league and it was a mistake for Philly to let him go. He will have a tremendous impact on this team if he’s given the freedom to run the offense alone. Harris doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. He’s become a journeyman point guard that shows flashes of stardom, but never actually sticks on a team very long.
Raymond Felton/ Marcus Camby- NY Knicks- Both of them are solid players in their own right, but their impact, especially Felton’s, will be compared to Jeremy Lin’s in Houston. As you know NY chose not to sign Lin and went with Felton to run the team instead. Felton is a safer play, but his limited upside won’t go over well in the Big Apple.
Jeremy Lin- Houston Rockets- Linsanity died out as fast as it arrived, so now it’s time to see if he actually has the skills to make it as an NBA point guard. Something tells me Lin and Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Flynn may have something in common soon.
Ray Allen/ Rashad Lewis- Miami Heat- Can these guys still play? The answer is yes, and they will be more than sufficient role players for a team looking to win back to back championships.
Luis Scola- Phoenix Suns- A do-it all type of player that would have benefitted from a guy like Steve Nash, but will still get it done for his new team. Scola is also in danger of a gaining a journeyman label, but he can get a team 20 and 10 so I’m not sure why he’s so underrated. As an undersized power forward he gets the most out of his talent.
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Dwight Howard's back was hurting last season. Badly.
Then something else happened: He couldn't feel his left leg.
"What a lot of people don't know is when I hurt my back, it affected my nerves to the point where my whole left leg just went dead basically," the Lakers center said Thursday. "I couldn't do a calf raise."
After undergoing surgery...
Although he was cleared Tuesday for full-court five-on-five scrimmages with limited minutes, center Dwight Howard won't play in the Lakers' second exhibition game, Wednesday against the Portland Trail Blazers in Ontario.
The Lakers haven't provided a firm timetable on when he will play. But Howard has maintained throughout the last week in training camp that he won&...
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Kobe Bryant, admitting that it proved effective for both himself and Shaq, suggested that new teammate Dwight Howard "just needs to bring it out."
Throughout the Dwight-mare drama that went on all of last season was an injured Dwight Howard whose back injury did more than harm his back. Mike Bresnahan of the LA Times interviewed Dwight Howard who said that his back injury affected a nerve that affected his entire left leg."What a lot of people don't know is when I hurt my back, it affected my nerves to the point...
Dwight Howard likes to have a fun. He posted this photo of himself in Laker purple with the caption, Kid DYNOMITE! Lots if happening on the Dwight front, he’s been cleared for limited contact in 5-on-5 practice and he’s also claiming that Kobe has been his secret guru for the last few years. Ok Dwight… [...]
Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard will miss the team's preseason game Wednesday as he continues to recover from offseason back surgery. However, he has been cleared to begin limited participation in five-on-five scrimmages, according to the Los Angeles Times. Howard told reporters last week that would "hopefully" play at least some during the preseason, but...
Dwight Howard's leg felt 'dead' last season before undergoing back surgery.
Orlando Magic’s T-Pain Big Baby Davis has been working his tail off to replace the production of Dwight Howard. T-Pain Davis recorded a little hip-hop rap jam aptly named Big Baby Gon‘ Turn It Up. It’s really a great terrible song and has no business being listened to more than once zero times. But, I digress…
Think T Pain’s voice changer + an average yet severely...
Kobe Bryant was cornered by reporters after Tuesday's practice.
The Lakers superstar is known for his bluntness. He's known for calling things as he sees them, regardless of the consequences.
So why then didn't Bryant stick up for Dwight Howard after Shaq offended his current big fella, saying that Philadelphia's Andrew Bynum and Brooklyn's Brook Lopez were...
Kobe Bryant has a complete a-hole persona on the floor. He bosses his teammates around, takes control of games when he feels he needs to, and he calls out teammates on a regular basis. It’s all part of that “killer instinct” so many says he has. Bryant believes Howard has a lot of great tools, but he wants the young center to be more of an a-hole like him. “Shaq was a goofball...
If youre the Brooklyn Nets, it could be worse. A lot worse.
No, you didnt land Dwight Howard -- and Howard made it pretty clear he wanted to play for your team. That couldve been a real downer.
But rather than sit around and sulk, the Nets did the next best thing: They moved from New Jersey to Brooklyn.
OK, thats a joke.
What really mattered was how the Nets approached the offseason...
Recently, Kobe Bryant indicated that Dwight Howard needed to step up his a$$hole game to get to the next level in the NBA. “Shaq was a goofball. But Shaq was a big a——. I was a little a——. It worked well. Dwight has a lot of that in him. He just needs to bring it [...]
Deron Williams grew impatient waiting for the Nets to acquire Dwight Howard.