NBA Rumors: Would Dwight Howard and Deron Williams Make the New Nets Contenders?

Brandon DennisCorrespondent IDecember 2, 2011

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Much has been made recently regarding potential trade options involving Dwight Howard. The deal I think makes the most sense is the package the Nets can put together in an attempt to claim the defending Defensive Player of the Year.

ESPN's John Hollinger addressed one possible deal in Dwight Howard, Hedu Turkoglu and Chris Duhon to New Jersey for Brook Lopez, Jordan Farmar, the Nets' 2012 first-round selection and Houston's 2012 first-round pick. ESPN's Chad Ford and Marc Stein had also recently reported that the Nets were planning on offering a similar deal to Orlando for Howard.

This deal would be beneficial to both teams. The Magic would obviously love to simply re-sign Howard, but if they no longer deem that as an option, this deal gives them $25 million in cap space as well as first-round draft picks that can be used to rebuild much more rapidly.

The deal for the Nets would be exactly what they need. It gives Deron Williams a reason to re-sign with the team. The Nets gave up a lot to get Williams, and it would be a shame for the franchise to see him walk off after only a year-and-a-half.

The Nets are also preparing their move to Brooklyn, and this move gives them a superstar duo to showcase, a duo which outshines and outplays the other superstar duo in New York.

Williams and Howard should mesh together as well. Williams' ability to get in the paint and dish will give Howard an even higher number of dunks and easy baskets, thus helping to minimize Howard's lack of an offensive skill set.

On the defensive end, the Nets instantly become a solid defensive team with Howard's ability to guard the paint. This deal would benefit both teams, particularly the Nets, but would it be enough to make them contenders?

The deal would give the Nets two premier players in the league, but they need contributors around them. Losing last year's first-round pick in the Williams deal and giving up this season's for Howard make it difficult to add through the draft.

The rest of the roster leaves a lot to be desired. Turkoglu has not done much since the Magic played in the Finals, averaging only 10.8 points last year. Rookie MarShon Brooks lit up the scoreboard in college, but it's unknown how much he can contribute in the NBA. Anthony Morrow is the only other possible threat, and he is a streaky player.

Dwight Howard and Deron Williams may not be able to win a championship with the current Nets roster, but it would definitely be a nice starting point.