The drama is finally over until next season. Dwight Howard has been shipped off to the Los Angeles Lakers in a four team deal that involved the Orlando Magic, Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Lakers, and the Philadelphia 76ers. The trade also involved Andre Iguodala who’s currently in London and will be playing for gold this Sunday as a part of Team USA. Rumors of this trade also involved Pau Gasol, but the Lakers were able to keep him. I think this blockbuster trade works in all of the teams’ favor because it keeps them all competitive for the upcoming 2012-2013 season. Though Howard is not guaranteeing that he’ll sign an extension with Lakers, this is still shaping up to be an exciting year once again for basketball fans. Who do you think won this deal?
What Howard would like in a Lakers uniform
Lakers get: Dwight Howard(ORL), Chris Duhon(ORL), and Earl Clark(ORL)
Magics get: Arron Afflalo(DEN), Al Harrington(DEN), Moe Harkless(PHI), Nikola Vucevic(PHI) Josh McRoberts(LAL), Christian Eyenga(LAL), and Draft Picks
Sixers get: Andrew Bynum(LAL), Jason Richardson(ORL)
Nuggets get: Andre Iguodala(PHI)
I made my predictions for the first round of the Eastern Conference earlier and now it is time for the Western Conference.
1. San Antonio Spurs
8. Memphis Grizzlies
My Winner- Memphis
This is my shocker pick because in my opinion, Memphis has what it takes to go against the number one team. This series will go seven games. I am high on guys like Tony Allen, Zach Randolph, and OJ Mayo if he gets his act together. Timmy D may just be too old for this series and I just have no faith in the Spurs this year as a number one seed.
4. Oklahoma City Thunder
5. Denver Nuggets
My Winner- OKC
As much as I want to choose Denver for the likes of Lawson, Jr Smith, KMart, and Nene, I will be choosing OKC for those very same reasons. Denver is very sporadic and can prove to be too immature for the series if they do not get off to a quick start. Expect Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook to play MVP style basketball in route to knocking the Nuggets out in six. I am being generous.
3. Dallas Mavericks
6. Portland Trailblazers
My Winner- Dallas
Portland will be tough for Dallas in every game and it will show in the box score but Dallas will surprisingly sweep this team.
2. Los Angeles Lakers
7. New Orleans Hornets
My Winner- Los Angeles
This will be a tough series for the Lakers and may very well be the toughest. Expect the best closer in the game since MJ to go the full seven games to rid of the Hornets. Just a gut feeling.
What do you think about my predictions in my first ever article?