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Measuring D-12's defensive impact

Dwight Howard's possible defensive impact on the Nets can't be underestimated. Fernando Medina/Getty Images

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.