Measuring D-12's defensive impact

New Jersey's D could get a big boost from big Dwight ... if the Nets can get him

Originally Published: January 9, 2012
By David Thorpe | ESPN Insider
Dwight Howard Fernando Medina/Getty ImagesDwight Howard's possible defensive impact on the Nets can't be underestimated.

With the New Jersey Nets and Los Angeles Lakers as two teams to which the Orlando Magic maintain Dwight Howard will approve a trade, one need not be an expert to know the Nets would be a better team with the NBA's reigning Defensive Player of the Year, as their starting center. Of course he would help them in every facet of the game. But let's take a brief look at how he could help them, and specifically where the impact would be felt the most.