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NBA Eastern Conference: How the Dwight Howard Trade Affects the Power Structure
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The Lakers' acquisition of Dwight Howard sent shockwaves around the NBA.

Any time an elite player changes teams in the modern superstar-dominated NBA, it affects the makeup of the entire league.

This has never seemed more true than in the aftermath of the four-team, 12-player trade that sent All-Star center Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers.  

Naturally, the trade shook up the Western Conference, vaulting the aging Lakers into prohibitive favorites (a step, perhaps, above the Oklahoma City Thunder) to win the West.  Howard's defensive presence, strength on the fast break and ability to get to the rim make the Lakers' frontcourt (Howard and PF Pau Gasol) the most formidable in the NBA.

But the trade did more than improve the Lakers: With several big-name players switching uniforms, the effects of the four-team deal stretched as far as the East Coast.

Let's take a look at a few ways in which the Lakers' trade for Dwight Howard changes the scope of the Eastern Conference.  

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