2012 NBA Mock Draft: How a Dwight Howard Trade Shakes Up the Board

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2012 NBA Mock Draft: How a Dwight Howard Trade Shakes Up the Board
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If the Orlando Magic decide to trade Dwight Howard, the 2012 NBA Draft will be altered dramatically.

The star center has many suitors—Brooklyn, the Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas being chief among them. It will take a large package to acquire Howard. 

The Nets can offer Brook Lopez and the Lakers can offer Andrew Bynum, but the Mavericks can offer something the other two teams cannot—a first round draft pick.

The Mavs hold the 17th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft and that will be a huge bargaining chip in their quest to get Howard. In this hypothetical scenario, a Howard to the Mavs deal, using ESPN's NBA Trade Machine, would look like this:

Dallas receives:

  • Dwight Howard
  • Von Wafer
  • Justin Harper

Orlando receives:

  • Lamar Odom
  • Shawn Marion
  • Brendan Haywood
  • This year's 17th overall pick
  • Next year's first round pick
  • This year's 55th pick

This would give Orlando the 17th and 19th overall pick, along with the 49th and 55th pick. They can either keep those picks, or use them to trade up.

In this mock, the Magic will trade up. They will trade the 17th overall pick and the 49th overall pick to the Golden State Warriors for the seventh overall pick. The Warriors then would have the 17th, 30th, 35th, 49th and 52nd pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. Pretty good.

A Dwight Howard trade will drastically alter the draft's landscape. It will put Orlando into an aggressive mode as they try to rebuild, and will give Golden State a ton of picks with which to improve their team. 

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