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>Will The Lakers Land Dwight Howard Next Season?

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Dwight Howard’s current contract expires after the 2012-2013 season but he has a player option which allows him to leave a year earlier.


After a first round loss to the Atlanta Hawks this season, why would Dwight want to stay in Orlando any longer? They seem to be going backwards the past 3 seasons.

From the NBA Finals to a first round exit. He wants to win championships and he can’t do that with the players around him right now. They aren’t built to win in the playoffs.

They traded away Hedu Turkoglu, Rashard Lewis, Mickael Pietrus, Marcin Gortat, Courtney Lee, and Rafer Alston. That was their core when they made a run for the championship against the Lakers in 2009.

Sure they got Hedu back but he’s not the same. They have no one to back-up Dwight anymore. Ryan Anderson & Brandon Bass aren’t getting the job done. They have a bunch of role players that are decent but they won’t be able to get back to the Finals unless they add a superstar.

Possible Scenarios 

1) Dwight signs extension to stay in Orlando.

I can only see this happen if the Magic get another superstar to join Dwight. The Magic have to convince Dwight that they will do whatever it takes to win a championship in Orlando.

2) Dwight becomes a free agent next off-season and teams up with either Chris Paul or Deron Williams.

If he keeps quiet the entire 2011-2012 season, then Dwight can decline his player option and become a free agent. Point guards, Chris Paul and Deron Williams, also have player options with their teams after the 2011-12 season. All three players will most likely decline in order to explore a possibility of teaming up. This would give Dwight an option to play with at least one of the best point guards in the league.

3) Dwight expresses his desire to be traded. He won’t re-sign with the Magic, but allows them to trade him.

I hope this happens. Why? Because the Los Angeles Lakers would be in the mix. He wants to win a championship and the Lakers have been playing in the championship for the past 3 seasons. 

Andrew Bynum would have to be a part of the deal that brings Dwight to Los Angeles.
It’s the Orlando Magic’s best option of replacing Dwight.

I can see it now:

 Los Angeles Lakers trade Andrew Bynum, Shannon Brown (If he accepts his player option), Devin Ebanks and future draft picks to the Orlando Magic for Dwight Howard.

The Magic can’t let Dwight leave Orlando without getting anything in return. I’ve read that the Magic can possibly ask for Lamar Odom to be included in the deal.

Dwight Howard would be following the footsteps of Shaquille O’Neal.
Déjà Vu

Orlando Magic 1994-95
Lost to the Houston Rockets in the NBA Finals 

Orlando Magic 1995-96
Lost to the Chicago Bulls in the Eastern Conference Finals 
Shaquille became a free agent after the season ended and signed with the Los Angeles Lakers. It took a couple seasons for O’Neal to win his first championship.
  
Orlando Magic 2008-09
Lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals
Orlando Magic 2009-10
Lost to the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals
Orlando Magic 2010-11
Lost to the Atlanta Hawks in the 1st round
 

>Dwight’s Perfect Second Half Puts Lakers Away

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Dwight had his way with the Lakers big men in the 2nd half. Lakers lost their first game of the 7 game road trip. They are now 4-1 on the trip with 2 more games left before the all-star break. 

Andrew Bynum was very active in the first quarter. Bynum had 9 points and 6 rebounds. Gasol and Bynum took 12 of the Lakers first 17 shots.

The Magic responded with a 13-0 run to take a 9 point lead. But the Lakers closed out the quarter with a 6-0 run.

Magic led 24-21 after the first quarter.

Lamar Odom sparked the bench and took over in the second quarter. Lakers went on an 8-0 run to take a 31-30 lead early in the quarter.

Brandon Bass and Ryan Anderson outplayed the Lakers big men. Even though the Lakers put Dwight Howard into foul trouble, the Magic led 45-41 at the half.

Magic extended their lead to 9 points. Fisher and Artest were 1-for-8 from the field before they hit 3 shots to cut the lead to only 2 points.

Magic finished the the quarter on a bizarre play, Arenas was out of bounds on his shot but Howard bailed him out with slamming it in. Magic led 67-60 after the third quarter.

Scary moment in the fourth quarter, when Bynum came down the court holding his knee. But he stayed in the game after getting it checked out.

Fourth quarter was all Magics, they were hitting their shots while the Lakers went ice cold. They couldn’t do anything against the Magic.

Dwight Howard was a perfect 9-for-9 from the field in the second half. He went out with a little less than 2 minutes with a cut under his eye. Lamar Odom accidentally hit Howard in the face going for a loose ball.

Hard to win games when no one hit their perimeter shots.

Box Score: Lakers 73 Magic 89

Next Game: Monday, Feb. 14th @ Charlotte Bobcats {4:00 p.m.}

Picture Credit: AP

 

>2010-2011 NBA Predictions

>The NBA season tips-off tonight. Who will win it all this year?

Always an exciting time of the year for anyone who loves basketball. This is when your team has a chance.
Here are my predictions for the upcoming 2010-2011 season:

Most Improved:

Kevin Love PF – Minnesota Timberwolves
  •   Kevin Love averaged a double-double in his sophomore season last season. But now that Al Jefferson is gone, he will move into the starting power forward slot. The T-wolves will be an exciting team to watch this season and i can see Love averaging 20+ points and 10+ rebounds.

Sixth Man:

Jamal Crawford G – Atlanta Hawks
  • Jamal Crawford won the award last season and is the favorite to win it again. He’s a key component to the Hawks bench.

Defensive Player of the Year:

Dwight Howard C – Orlando Magic
  • He’s the best center in the game today. He’s averaged almost 3 blocks a game the past 2 seasons. Don’t expect anything different from him this year. Expect Howard to win his own three-peat.

Coach of the Year:

Doug Collins – Philadelphia 76ers
  • He’s got some young talent to work with. I can see him helping them make the playoffs in the bottom half of the Eastern Conference.

Rookie of the Year:

Blake Griffin SF – Los Angeles Clippers
  • He’s finally going to suit up and play during the regular season. He’s looked great so far in the pre-season. He could help the Clippers make the playoffs, if they all play to their potential. 

Most Valuable Player:

Kevin Durant SF – Oklahoma City Thunder
  • With Lebron going to Miami, this opens up the gate for Durant. His numbers on the USA basketball team this off-season were amazing. He can score from almost anywhere on the court. Durant has great leadership that will get them out of the 1st round this season.

NBA Champions:

Los Angeles Lakers

  • The Lakers added some key players to solidify their bench. Steve Blake is a better point guard than Jordan Farmar and Matt Barnes is another great defender that can help out Kobe/Artest. The only thing the Lakers lack is having DJ Mbenga (My Favorite).
  • Kobe gets ring #6 to tie Jordan and Lakers get trophy #17 to tie the Boston Celtics.
  • Western Conference Finals: LA Lakers over Dallas Mavericks in 6
  • Eastern Conference Finals: Boston Celtics over Miami Heat in 7
  • NBA Finals: LA Lakers over Boston Celtics in 6

Who do you like this season?

 

>Starting NBA Franchise: Pick One Player To Build Around

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The NBA season is exactly one week away.

Los Angeles Lakers ready for another 3-peat, the Miami Heat hoping to go undefeated, and Boston Celtics trying for one last run at the title.

The hot topic already is who will win the MVP award this season? The back to back reigning MVP, Lebron James, left the Cleveland Cavaliers to play with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami. Maybe the move will open up the door for Kevin Durant or Dwight Howard.

ESPN recently had a discussion about the player they would start a franchise today. The top 4 players included Kevin Durant, Lebron James, Dwight Howard, and Dwyane Wade. Some would still say Kobe Bryant because of leadership and desire to win. When picking a franchise player, it’s smart to pick some in their early to mid 20s. You want someone who wants to win, hard-worker, and likeable.

Lebron James has shown the world what he brings to the table. He single handily turned the Cleveland Cavaliers from a lottery team to championship contenders during his first 7 years. No doubt that Lebron is a special player and has top 3 talent in today’s game. Lebron could have averaged a triple-double during the regular season if he tried. The one main factor as to why he isn’t the player that should go first is because of his performance in the playoffs. It seems like he quits on his team when it matters the most. Why have a player that won’t give it his all on the main stage?

Dwyane Wade showed very early in his career that if you put talent around him, he can win a championship. Shaq definitely helped shape Dwyane into the player he is today. He’s got the skills to do pretty much anything on the basketball court. His defense is outstanding for a small shooting guard. The only thing about Wade is that he can’t do it alone and needs another superstar. Shooting guards need a big man to help win a ring, just ask Allen Iverson, Tracy McGrady or Reggie Miller.

An amazing young player that finally caught the attention of NBA fans around the world is Kevin Durant. Played one full season at the University of Texas and got the most out of it. He can score almost on demand and watching him win the scoring title last season was great. He gave the Lakers a tough challenge in the first round last season, even with a young core of teammates. He makes all of his teammates better. He might not have the assist numbers but he’s a great rebounding forward. He’s only 22 years old and would be a great choice to start a franchise around.

The player I want on my team if I’m starting a franchise today would be Dwight Howard. It’s very rare to find a dominating 7 foot center in the NBA. We haven’t seen a young center this great since Shaquille O’Neal. Dwight has been the Defensive Player of the Year for the past 2 seasons. He’s only 25 years old and has already led his team to a NBA championship appearance. It’s only a matter of time before his scoring numbers begin to rise. It’s very important to have a good center or you’ll have trouble winning. Every championship team had a great big man and without one, you won’t survive.

So if you’re starting a franchise, who do you build the team around?

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