August 10, 2012; El Segundo, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard holds his jersey during a press conference held to introduce the three-time defensive player of the year who they aquired in a four-team trade from the Orlando Magic. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

NBA Off Season Winners: Los Angeles Lakers Take the Prize

And the winner for best off season addition is the Los Angeles Lakers for getting Dwight Howard and Steve Nash.  They’re looking to win now, and adding those two guys should help them out.  As much as I am a Lakers hater, I have to give them credit for pulling those moves off.

Steve Nash wasn’t going to stick around Phoenix with only two or three good years left.  Might as well head to a contending team, and make them better.  He will definitely make things better in LA.  Still have to wonder about his defensive presence, and that will have to come into play against the better point guards in the Western Conference.

The addition of Dwight Howard doesn’t need to be overstated.  Getting rid of Andrew Bynum, who has so much potential, but can’t get his head straight and bringing in a 20-10 guy who you know will perform on both ends of the floor will do wonders for the Lakers.

The Orlando Magic are winners in a way by getting rid of that Dwight Howard nightmare.  It wouldn’t have got any better waiting out the season, so they had to make a move.  They pick up a bunch of no name guys, and will probably fall off the radar this season, but end up with a better draft pick.  They should also have some good cap room to add someone who can fill the needs they now have.

As a Pacers fan, I have to say the Pacers are winners of the off season with resigning George Hill and Roy Hibbert.  With the way things were moving in the Eastern Conference, the Pacers had to keep their lineup in tact.  Hill and Hibbert will be key pieces to what the Pacers hope and Pacers’ fans hope will be a long playoff run, and possibly a division title run with the Bulls losing Derrick Rose for a majority of the season.

I give the Philadelphia 76ers a win for the off season by bringing in Andrew Bynum.  Like I said earlier, there’s some great potential there, and maybe with Doug Collins, who feels like a great coach for young players, Bynum gets his game going in the right direction.  They could be contenders in the East if things work out.

Those are the three teams that jump out in my mind for great off seasons.  Who do you think has made a jump this off season?

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