OKC Thunder: Breaking down the changes in the NBA's Northwest Division

Darnell Mayberry takes a look at the changes and outlook for most of the Northwest Division's teams.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: September 23, 2012
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A look at some of the Northwest Division's changes this offseason.

OKLAHOMA CITY

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.

DENVER

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.

UTAH

Key additions: Mo Williams, Marvin Williams, Randy Foye

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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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