NBA offseason grades: Northwest division
|Offseason Grades: Northwest Division|
Four of the five Northwest Division teams won at least 50 games and a minimum of two more in the playoffs last season, so massive rebuilding this offseason was limited to the Timberwolves, the lone also-ran.
But that doesn't mean the status quo reigns everywhere else. The Jazz will have more than one new starter. Denver has added mobile power forward Al Harrington to stretch opposing defenses. Last year's undrafted rookie surprise, Wesley Matthews, cashed in big time by trading jerseys within the division from Utah to Portland. And the Thunder did some draft-day maneuvering to address two needs: a classic big man and outside shooting.