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Los Angeles Lakers Betting Tips - Can Howard Usher In The Next Lakers’ Dynasty?

Posted by Craig Parsons on 8/13/2012 6:39:08 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers’ odds are always going to be up there near the top of the NBA because they can attract the best players thanks to their rich history and location; who wouldn’t want to live in Los Angeles? However, they have a special spot for centers in their history and after a long courtship, they finally got a center that has the opportunity to join a small circle of great players.

The Dwight Howard saga has been in the running around in the media for the last year (even though it seems like it has been much longer), but there was only one place where he was ever going to land, and that is in the purple and gold of the Lakers. Most NBA betting sharps figured he would end up in Brooklyn, where the Nets have been hot on his heels, but the Magic and Nets could never nail down a deal. The Lakers were always laying back in the shadows, and they got their man in a four-team deal involving themselves, Orlando, Philadelphia and Denver. The details of this complex deal are as follows:

  • Los Angeles Lakers: get Dwight Howard, Chris Duhon and Earl Clark
  • Orlando Magic: get Aaron Afflalo, Al Harrington, Moe Harkless, Nikola Vucevic, Josh McRobertson and five draft picks and a $17.8 million trade exception
  • Denver Nuggets: get Andre Igoudala
  • Philadelphia 76ers: get Andrew Bynum, Jason Richardson

Howard is now the next in a long line of great Laker centers, joining the likes of George Mikan, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and of course, Shaquille O’Neal, who has been throwing shots (subliminally and direct) at Howard, saying that Howard stole his “Superman” nickname and the prevailing theory is that Howard didn’t want to go to the Lakers because it would be seen as following O’Neal, who was also drafted by Orlando and left for Los Angeles. In the end, Howard didn’t really have much leverage as to where he would go, especially after he opted back in to go to the Magic.

So, will this result in another Lakers dynasty? Kobe Bryant has already stated his pleasure with the trade, saying that the Lakers now have a dominant force that can carry the team after he retires, which he estimates will be in about two to three years. Howard can now watch Bryant and see how a leader is supposed to act, because for all his talent and size, his complete mishandling of trying to get out of Orlando showed that he still has a way to go in terms of maturity. He is also seen as something as a clown in NBA circles and Howard needs to be a lot more serious if he is going to be a leader with arguably the most iconic team in the history of the league. Can he change his ways? LeBron James also had the same reputation and even though he is still relatively happy-go-lucky, he has figured out when to push his teammates and when to lighten the mood.

Still, the Lakers are going to be an NBA betting favorite this season after making moves to pick up Howard and Steve Nash, who was brought over in from Phoenix. That means the Lakers now have a possible starting five of Howard at the center position, taking over for Bynum (who has grown into an All-Star in his own right and is the second-best center in the game behind Howard), Pau Gasol and Metta World Peace at forward, and a Hull of Fame backcourt in Bryant and Nash. Having Howard at the back of the defense will make up for Nash and Bryant, who are slowing down (Nash has never been lauded as a good defender throughout his career anyway), and World Peace isn’t the perimeter defender he once was. Howard, when he is locked in, is the best defensive player in the NBA and he alters more shots than anyone in the league, including New York’s Tyson Chandler.

Howard will have to make some changes to his personality if he is going to take over the city of Los Angeles when Bryant is gone, and remember, the Clippers are now in the headlines for positive reasons due to Blake Griffin, Chris Paul and company. It may be too early to say he’ll turn them into a dynasty, but you can be sure that with Howard in the middle, the Lakers will continue to be a popular online betting pick.

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