Bloggers from the Wages of Wins Network previewed the NBA’s least appreciated division for the Weekend Podcast.
- Mosi Platt from the Miami Heat Index
- Patrick Minton from The NBA Geek
- James Brocato from Shut Up and Jam
- Andres Alvarez from the Wages of Wins Journal
Recorded: December 22, 2011 at 12:05 PM ET
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The Northwest Division gets the least attention in the NBA. It doesn’t have the Lakers or Lob City like the Pacific; the defending champs and everyone’s favorite cinderella team like the Southwest; the reigning MVP like the Central; the history of the Celtics or the east coast bias of the Atlantic; or the Miami Heat and Dwight Howard like the Southeast.However, the Northwest Division does have the stat geeks’ favorite player, Kevin Love, and the stat geeks’ favorite team, the star-less Denver Nuggets. That’s why the Wages of Wins Network’s NBA Preview Podcast focused on the Northwest Division.
2011 record: 17-65 (translates to 14-52 in 66-game season)
2011 wins lost: -0.3 wins (translates to -0.2)
2011 wins added: 5 wins (translates to 4)
- NBA Draft: G Malcolm Lee, F Derrick Williams (2.7*)
- Free Agents: None
- Trades: F Brad Miller (2.3), G/F Robert Vaden
NBA Geek’s Best Case Scenario: Ricky Rubio will be an average rookie and lead the Wolves to 28 wins.
NBA Geek’s Worst Case Scenario: Derrick Williams disappoints at small forward and the Wolves only manage 16 wins. If Kevin Love gets hurt, then they will only win 10 games.
Oklahoma City Thunder
2011 record: 55-27 (translates to 44 wins in a 66-game season)
2011 wins lost: -0.4 (translates to -0.3)
2011 wins added: 0.3 (translates to 0.2)
Shut Up & Jam’s Best Case Scenario: Thunder win 48 games, win the division and get to the Finals.
Portland Trail Blazers
2011 record: 48-34 (translates to 39 wins in 66-game season)
2011 wins lost: 14.5 (translates to 11.7)
2011 wins added: 13.1 (translates to 10.5)
- NBA Draft: G Nolan Smith, F Jon Diebler, G Tanguy Ngombo
- Free Agents: C Greg Oden (re-signed), C Kurt Thomas (2.7), G Jamal Crawford (2.6), F Craig Smith (0.9)
- Trades: G Raymond Felton (6.9)
Shut Up & Jam’s Best Case Scenario: Marcus Camby and the rest of the big men stay healthy, the Blazers win 40 games and advance in the playoffs.
NBA Geek’s Worst Case Scenario: 9th in the West with a crappy lottery pick leads to rebuilding (Editor’s Note: Paul Allen said he would have to consider selling the team if they had to rebuild again).
2011 record: 50-32 (translates to 40-26 in 66-game season)
2011 wins lost: 20.4 (translates to 16.4)
- Free Agents: F-C Melvin Ely (0.3), F Gary Forbes (0.5)
- Trades: G Raymond Felton (6.9)
- China (until March): F Wilson Chandler (4.0), G J.R. Smith (5.8), F Kenyon Martin (2.9)
2011 wins added: 20.7 (translates to 16.7)
- NBA Draft: F Kenneth Faried (5.5*), G/F Jordan Hamilton, F Chukwudiebere Maduabum
- Free Agents: C Nene Hilario (re-signed), F Michael Ruffin, G Arron Afflalo (re-signed)
- Trades: G Andre Miller (9.6), F Corey Brewer (1.2), G Rudy Fernandez (4.4)
Dre’s Worst Case Scenario: Nuggets finish as the 4th or 5th seed with a 1st round playoff exit.
2011 record: 39-43 (translates to 31 wins in 66-game season)
2011 wins lost: -1.7 (translates to -1.4)
2011 wins added: 2.5 (translates to 2.0)
- NBA Draft: F Enes Kanter, G Alec Burks
- Free Agents: G Earl Watson (3.1), G-F Josh Howard (-0.6), G Jamaal Tinsley
- Trades: None
Dre’s Best Case Scenario: Derrick Favors is a force on the block and secures the Jazz a middle-to-low playoff seed.
Dre’s Worst Case Scenario: Jazz fall out of playoff contention and the franchise is eventually forced to move.