SURVEYING THE POST DRAFT LANDSCAPE – NORTHWEST DIVISION

The eye of the hurricane week for the NBA. The time in between the NBA draft and the start of free agency. A chance to catch our collective breath as NBA fans and take stock of where the teams are.
By my count there were 12 draft night trades scuttling picks both present and future all around the league. That figure doesn’t even count the exchanges that took place prior to the draft, such as the Celtics sending the 1st pick to Philadelphia for the 3rd pick and a future first.
So with the additions of 60 names to the NBA family, as well as contracts expiring, lets take a moment to review where each team currently sits as far as its roster. Below you’ll find how each team’s roster stands. For the purpose of this exercise recently selected 2nd round picks will be listed as they are exclusive property of the team. Many will end up being draft & stash players, or on 2 way contracts with their parent club and G-League affiliate, but for now, lets let them enjoy the feeling of being in the league.

DENVER NUGGETS

Projected Starting Line up:

  • Nikola Jokic
  • Trey Lyles
  • Wilson Chandler
  • Gary Harris
  • Jamal Murray

Bench:

  • Will Barton
  • Kenneth Faried
  • Jameer Nelson
  • Emmanual Mudiay
  • Juan Hernangomez
  • Malik Beasley
  • Mike Miller
  • Darrell Arthur
  • Tyler Lydon
  • Monte Morris
  • Vlalko Cancar

Jimmy Butler

MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES

Projected Starting Line Up:

  • Gorgui Dieng
  • Karl Anthony Towns
  • Andrew Wiggins
  • Jimmy Butler
  • Ricky Rubio

Bench:

  • Cole Aldrich
  • Jordan Hill
  • Nemanja Bjelica
  • Tyus Jones
  • Justin Patton

OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER

Projected Starting Line Up:

  • Steven Adams
  • Domantis Sabonis
  • Doug McDermott
  • Victor Oladipo
  • Russell Westbrook

Bench:

  • Terrance Ferguson
  • Enes Kanter
  • Kyle Singler
  • Jerami Grant
  • Alex Abrines
  • Semaj Christon
  • Josh Huestis

PORTLAND TRAILBLAZERS

Projected Starting Line Up:

  • Jusef Nurkic
  • Al Farouq-Aminu
  • Evan Turner
  • CJ McCollum
  • Damien Lilliard

Bench:

  • Zach Collins
  • Allen Crabbe
  • Maurice Harkless
  • Meyers Leonard
  • Ed Davis
  • Noah Vonleh
  • Caleb Swanigan
  • Shabazz Napier
  • Pat Naughton
  • Jake Laymen
  • Tim Quarterman

UTAH JAZZ

Projected Starting Line Up:

  • Rudy Gobert
  • Derrick Favors
  • Rodney Hood
  • Joe Johnson
  • Dante Exum

Bench:

  • Alec Burks
  • Boris Diaw
  • Donovan Mitchell
  • Tony Bradley
  • Nigel Williams Goss
  • Raul Neato
  • Joel Bolomboy

OVERVIEW:

The Timberwolves could be the leagues most improved team, between the addition of Jimmy Butler to a system and coach he is already familiar with combined with the continued maturation of Karl Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins. The Wolves now have a starting line up to compete with anyone, and should be able to start attracting vets to fill out the bench because of it. The Blazers seemingly have too much talent. A lot of it clustered in the front court. It’ll be interesting to see how Nurkic, Collins, Swanigan, Leonard, Davis, and Vonleh split minutes, especially considering how none would be described as a conventional modern day stretch 4, a roll that Maurice Harkless or Al Farouq-Aminu could fill. The Jazz are on a precipice. Potentially losing George Hill and Gordon Hayward. The Jazz could go from an up and coming team, to a squad plummeting back into the lottery. If both aren’t re-signed, it’ll set the Jazz rebuild back several years. As opposed to the Jazz, the Nuggets seemed very well prepared to lose the services of Danilo Galinari, with a slew on young players, this will be a year where the Nuggets decide what pieces work best around Nikola Jokic before going forward next off season. I think the pick up of Trey Lyles on draft night will be an underappreciated transaction. The Thunder are prepared for another year of going as far as Russell Westbrook will take them. The Thunder do have talent on the roster; Adams, Katner, Sabonis, Oladipo, McDermott, and Ferguson all are capable NBA players, I’m just not sold on how they fit with Westbook.  Sam Presti and Billy Donovan have to decide their best course moving forward.

  • Jason Sullivan
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