Apr 3, 2013; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Jazz point guard Alec Burks (10) is fouled by Denver Nuggets shooting guard Evan Fournier (94) during the second half at EnergySolutions Arena. The Nuggets won 113-96. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

State of the Northwest Division

We all know what the Utah Jazz have done over the last month from drafting Rudy Gobert and Trey Burke to letting all of their free agents walk.  They also did a trade that brought over Brandon Rush, Andris Beidrins and Richard Jefferson basically to absorb cap and let the young guys play.

Oklahoma City lost Kevin Martin to the Timberwolves and didn’t add anyone other than picks.

The Nuggets lost Igoudala and got Foye in the trade.  They also traded Koufas to Memphis for a 2nd round pick.

Minnesota got healthier which is huge for them as they were trodden with injuries all last year.  They did lose Kirilenko in a bizarre twist but did help the Jazz with the acquisition of Trey Burke in return they drafted Shabazz Muhammed and Gorgui Dieng.

Portland definitely made the biggest leap in the Northwest division by adding CJ McCollum, Dorell Wright, Earl Watson and Robin Lopez adding to their depth which was non-existent last year.

If I were ranking the offseason so far for each team in order how they did:

1. Portland Trailblazers

2. Utah Jazz

3. Minnesota Timberwolves

4. Denver Nuggets

5. Oklahoma City Thunder

Which I think is the exact opposite order I think the Northwest division will finish in this year interestingly enough.  Portland definitely is a wildcard and the health of every team is always in play but should be a fun year in the Northwest for the Jazz.

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