NBA Power Rankings: Post-Olympics Edition

August 14 [Tue], 2012, 20:55
So, yeah, this actually happened.

After months of Dwight Howard trade speculation, a deal was finally reached that sent the All-Star center to the Los Angeles Lakers in a four-team blockbuster. The Orlando Magic received Al Harrington, Arron Afflalo, Moe Harkless, Nikola Vucevic and a few draft picks, while the Denver Nuggets got Andre Iguodala and the Philadelphia 76ers got Andrew Bynum.

I think I speak on behalf of the rest of the NBA community when I say "thank everything that is holy that this is finally over" because there was no way I or anyone else could stand another year's worth of Dwight Howard rumors.

However, the worst part of it is that Dwight got his way. After being as whiny and immature as you could possibly be, Howard got to join a big-market team, leaving the Orlando Magic in disarray in the process.

Howard joins a stacked Lakers team that comes complete with Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol, as they suddenly become the new championship favorites despite having played a grand total of zero games together.

We take a look at how far the Lakers moved up and if they've taken over the top spot in the post-Olympics power rankings.
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