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Dwight Howard believes Lakers ‘could be the best defensive team in the league’

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Dwight Howard knows a thing or two about defense, so it’s interesting to note that he has seen something special from the Los Angeles Lakers on that end of the floor.

Following Sunday’s practice — the second day of their training camp — Howard gave an honest assessment of the team’s defense. Per Harrison Faigen of SB Nation, Howard claimed that the Lakers have what it takes to be an elite defensive team in the league.

“I think we could be the best defensive team in the league,” Howard said.

Howard, an eight-time NBA All-Star and three-time Defensive Player of the Year, is already making his presence felt in Los Angeles. In their first practice, head coach Frank Vogel heaped praise on Dwight for setting the physical tone of the team.

Sure enough, Los Angeles boasts the necessary tools to be a great defensive team. They have two of the best players in the NBA in LeBron James and Anthony Davis, and they added solid two-way players who can score and defend in Avery Bradley, Danny Green and Quinn Cook.

The Lakers also brought back JaVale McGee and Rajon Rondo to bolster their roster.

Vogel agreed with Howard’s assessment; however, the first-year Lakers coach argued that it’s up to him and the players to reach their full potential on the defensive side.

“There’s no doubt we can be. But it’s going to be on me to keep them drilled and prepared with the game plans and it’s going to be on them to commit and continue the care factor through 82 games,” Vogel added.