Northwest Division

1. Oklahoma City Thunder

Russell Westbrook has a full commitment from Paul George. Now let’s see how this will play out.

2. Utah Jazz

They have a star in Donovan Mitchell and they will take advantage of his talents.

3. Denver Nuggets

As long as Nikola Jokic continues to improve they should have no problems getting to the playoffs this year.

4. Portland Trail Blazers

There’s no reason to think they’ll be in playoff contention, but this conference is stacked.

5. Minnesota Timberwolves

An offseason with a trade demand from Jimmy Butler only adds to the dysfunction in the organization.

Head Coach: Billy Donovan

Key Position: Forward

Key Rookies: G Hamidou Diallo

Key Acquisitions: C Nerlens Noel (Dallas), G Dennis Schroder (Atlanta)

Starting Lineup: G Russell Westbrook, G Terrance Ferguson, F Paul George, F Patrick Patterson, C Steven Adams

Head Coach: Quin Snyder

Key Position: Guard

Key Rookies: G Grayson Allen

Key Acquisitions: None

Starting Lineup: G Ricky Rubio, G Donovan Mitchell, F Joe Ingles, F Derrick Favors, C Rudy Gobert

Head Coach: Mike Malone

Key Position: Guard

Key Rookies: F Michael Porter Jr.

Key Acquisitions: G Isaiah Thomas (LA Lakers)

Starting Lineup: G Jamal Murray, G Gary Harris, F Will Barton, F Paul Millsap, C Nikola Jokic

Head Coach: Terry Stotts

Key Position: Forward

Key Rookies: None

Key Acquisitions: G Nik Stauskas (Brooklyn)

Starting Lineup: G Damian Lillard, G CJ McCollum, F Jake Layman, F Al-Farouq Aminu, C Jusuf Nurkic

Head Coach: Tom Thibodeau

Key Position: Forward

Key Rookies: G Josh Okogie

Key Acquisitions: F Anthony Tolliver (Detroit)

Starting Lineup: G Jeff Teague, G Jimmy Butler, F Andrew Wiggins, F Taj Gibson, C Karl-Anthony Towns

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