A look at some of the Northwest Division's changes this offseason.
Key additions: Perry Jones III, Hasheem Thabeet, Hollis Thompson.
Key losses: Derek Fisher, Nazr Mohammed, Royal Ivey
Outlook: The Thunder replaced three veterans with three young players (including two rookies) who don't figure to play much at all. But the Thunder is so stacked that very little could have improved its roster this summer. Expect OKC to capture its third straight division championship.
Key additions: Andre Iguodala, Anthony Randolph. Evan Fournier.
Key losses: Arron Afflalo, Al Harrington, Chris Andersen.
Outlook: Let's see. The Nuggets overpaid Afflalo last year then stumbled into a better version of him in Iguodala, who happens to come off the books sooner. Things couldn't have worked out better for Denver. Now the Nuggets are in a position to be better defensively while also adding the closest thing they've had to a closer since Carmelo Anthony. We're going to go ahead and pencil them in for a 50-win season.
Key additions: Mo Williams, Marvin Williams, Randy Foye
Key losses: Devin Harris, C.J. Miles, Josh Howard.
Outlook: Harris was a disappointment in Utah, and now that he's gone Williams should have the reins with a chance to show how much he has left as a starter after excelling in a sixth man's role last year. The Jazz, meanwhile, are a young team that should take the next step and continue its climb up the Western Conference ladder. Utah should land somewhere between the sixth seed and eighth seed.
Key additions: Brandon Roy, Andrei Kirilenko, Chase Budinger.
Key losses: Michael Beasley. Darko Milicic, Brad Miller, Anthony Randolph.
Outlook: On March 12, the Wolves were 22-21. Minnesota then finished 4-19 while forced to play the final 25 games without Ricky Rubio. But the Wolves should be even better this year when Rubio returns and now have a good chance at making the playoffs for the first time since 2004.
Key additions: Damian Lillard, Meyers Leonard, Victor Claver, Jared Jeffries, Ronnie Price.
Key losses: Jamal Crawford, Raymond Felton, Kurt Thomas.
Outlook: The Blazers could be a surprise team or could struggle. They have a ton of young talent, but how quickly that talent develops will determine how successful they'll be this season. A playoff berth this year, however, seems a tall task in the West.