Los Angeles Lakers: How Each Pacific Division Team Can Try to Stop Dwight Howard

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Los Angeles Lakers: How Each Pacific Division Team Can Try to Stop Dwight Howard
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Lakers' GM Mitch Kupchak gets high marks for his acquisition of Howard.

Dwight Howard has always been clear on one thing throughout this offseason.  He wanted out of Orlando. 

The former Magic big man followed in the footsteps of another great center by forcing the team's hand, which eventually landed him in Los Angeles. 

The similarities to Shaq's departure from Orlando are uncanny.  When all was said and done, both had left the smaller market for the glitz and glamour that comes with playing for the Lakers.  What remains to be seen, though, is whether or not Howard's arrival will translate into championships the way Shaq's did.

"Superman" couldn't have asked for a better situation.  The Lakers already had Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol.  With the addition of Howard, along with the signing of Steve Nash, L.A. seems poised to make a run for at least the next couple years.

First thing's first, though.  The Lakers, as all sports teams do, will have progressive goals as the season wears on.  Their first goal will be winning a Pacific Division that is now by far the weakest of the three in the West.

Ahead we'll break down each team in the division's chance at attempting to stop Howard.  We'll begin with the team that has the least chance, and end with the one that has the best.

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