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The Baseline: 2018 NW Division Preview

It’s preview time. The Baseline jumps right into the first of six division previews by discussing the Northwest with a friend of the show Ashley Douglas. On this week’s show we break down:

Denver Nuggets

  • Will coach Mike Malone settle on a rotation or will he continue to play the hot hand each night?
  • Paul Milsap’s health and Nikola Jokic‘s growth are key to the roster’s success but will both happen this season?
  • How will the addition of Isaiah Thomas mesh with Jamal Murray, Gary Harris and Will Barton?

Minnesota Timberwolves

  • Will Jimmy Butler finish the season the roster?
  • Does Tom Thibodeau need to be saved from himself as he continues to bring in old Bulls?
  • Is Karl-Anthony Towns ready to be the team’s leader?

Utah Jazz

  • What’s next for Donovan Mitchell?
  • Should the Jazz look to limit the use of Derrick Favors?
  • Can Quin Snyder maintain the team’s chemistry to reach a new level of success?

Oklahoma City Thunder

Portland Trail Blazers 

  • Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum have only been able to take the team so far in recent years. Are they what Portland needs?
  • Can Jusuf Nurkic find a level of consistency this season?
  • Terry Stotts has been amazing in the regular season but what will it take to achieve postseason success?

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