Key additions: Nate Robinson, J.J. Hickson, Randy Foye, Brian Shaw (coach)
Key losses: Andre Iguodala, Corey Brewer, George Karl (coach)
ESPN projected record: 43-39, 7th in West
Outlook: I can see it now: Nate Robinson hoisting up off-balance 30-foot rainbows, JaVale McGee trying to dunk from the 3-point line, Wilson Chandler catching fire for 40-plus in one of those random late-night upsets in the Denver altitude. The Nuggets might not be as good this season, but they should be just as fun.
Key additions: Kevin Martin, Corey Brewer, Shabazz Muhammad
Key losses: Andrei Kirilenko, Luke Ridnour
ESPN projected record: 40-42, 8th in West
Outlook: Columnist Berry Tramel has labeled Minnesota as the West's surprise team. And the T-Wolves certainly have the talent to follow through. But can Kevin Love stay healthy? Can Ricky Rubio develop into more of a scoring threat? Can the Timberwolves finally make the playoffs for the first time since Kevin Garnett led them there a decade ago? Time will tell.
Portland Trail Blazers
Key additions: Dorell Wright, C.J. McCollum, Robin Lopez, Mo Williams, Thomas Robinson
Key losses: J.J. Hickson, Eric Maynor, Nolan Smith
ESPN projected record: 38-44, 10th in West
Outlook: The Blazers ended last season on a 13-game losing streak, by far the worst in the league. They shouldn't be nearly as bad as that mark might suggest, with a potent inside-outside duo of LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard. But their playoff hopes will likely hinge on the development of a new-look supporting cast.
Key additions: Trey Burke, Rudy Gobert, Brandon Rush, Andris Beidrins, John Lucas, Richard Jefferson
Key losses: Al Jefferson, Mo Williams, Earl Watson, Paul Millsap, Randy Foye, Mo Williams
ESPN projected record: 32-50, 13th in West
Outlook: Utah's front office pushed the franchise into full-throttle rebuild mode, gutting the roster and stacking financial chips for the future. This season, presumably, will be about developing young talent, like first-rounder Trey Burke, and gathering the best lottery odds, with the 2014 Draft expected to be the best in a decade.