Northwest Division

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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. Continue reading

NBA Finals and Award Projections

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* – indicates playoffs

MVP – Kawhi Leonard – Spurs

Rookie – Ben Simmons – 76ers

Coach – Tom Thibodeau – Timberwolves

Defensive Player – Kawhi Leonard – Spurs

Most Improved – Blake Griffin – Clippers

Sixth Man – Lou Williams – Clippers

Executive – Sam Presti – Thunder Continue reading

Northwest Division

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1. Oklahoma City Thunder

The reigning MVP has two superstars to help carry the load.

2. Minnesota Timberwolves

An influx of talent has been added with the likes of Towns and Wiggins.

3. Portland Trail Blazers

A full season with Nurkic at center will be interesting to see.

4. Denver Nuggets

This will be a sneaky good team with the emergence of Nikola Jokic.

5. Utah Jazz

Losing Gordon Hayward will hurt, but Utah should remain competitive. Continue reading

NBA Finals and Award Projections

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* – indicates playoffs

MVP – Russell Westbrook – Thunder

Rookie – Buddy Hield – Pelicans

Coach – Alvin Gentry – Pelicans

Defensive Player – DeAndre Jordan – Clippers

Most Improved – D’Angelo Russell – Lakers

Sixth Man – Brandon Knight – Suns

Executive – Danny Ainge – Celtics Continue reading

Northwest Division

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1. Oklahoma City Thunder

Even with the loss of Kevin Durant, the Thunder are still a solid team with Westbrook.

2. Portland Trail Blazers

This will be an interesting year for them to possibly pass OKC for the division.

3. Utah Jazz

They made some strides last year. Time to see if they can punch it with a playoff berth.

4. Minnesota Timberwolves

Of all the teams to watch, this one will be at the top of the list.

5. Denver Nuggets

They have a solid rotation, but they are in a stacked conference. Continue reading