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

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.