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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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.

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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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