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:
- 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?
- 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?
- 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
- With Carmelo Anthony gone does that assure Paul George turns in a more productive season?
- Russell Westbrook‘s talent is undeniable but is his leadership enough for a top-heavy roster?
- If the Thunder fails will Sam Presti or Billy Donovan be forced to face the music?
Portland Trail Blazers