Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers is a trade that shakes up the entire NBA landscape. It reestablished the Lakers as legitimate title threats after an early exit from last year's playoffs, while pushing the Orlando Magic into the league cellar.
Not only is the move one of the most lopsided trades in recent memory, but it's also one of the most one-sided deals in the history of the Association.
Howard may be headed for the Hall of Fame one day. Can this trade surpass other moves involving Hall of Famers or future locks for enshrinement?
When looking through the 20 most lopsided trades in NBA history, keep in mind that these swaps were analyzed retroactively. We know how the moves turned out—which players rose to the occasion, which were mediocre and which flopped in historic fashion. Thus, I was able to analyze them accordingly.
Even if a move seemed logical at the time, that's now irrelevant because it became a bad trade in the future.
The Dwight trade is the only one of the 20 where there's any guesswork involved.