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Last season the Northwest Division was the most competitive

Submitted by jaywillen on Sun, 01/10/2016 - 22:54

As we continue with our NBA picks, it's Greivis Vasquez Youth Jersey time to head west and see what's cooking on the left coast. Last season the Northwest Division was the most competitive in the NBA and there's very little reason to believe things won't be the same in 2010.

1. Will Carmelo Anthony still be a Nugget by the All-Star break? Right now, all signs are pointing to no. It was widely reported that during the team's media day Anthony was not included in any of the promotional photos and videos that the Nuggets will use during the season. Although a four-team deal that would have sent Melo to the New Jersey Nets fell through, you can expect that several more teams will make Denver an offer. With or without Anthony, the Nuggets are likely to be a playoff team. But it could make the difference between winning the division and being a #7 or #8 seed.

2. Is this the year Kevin Durant becomes a top-three NBA player? If his performance at the World Championships in Turkey this past summer is any indication, the answer is a resounding yes. It's hard to imagine Team USA winning the gold without the Durantula on the roster after he won a couple of games almost singlehandedly. Last season he won the first of what could be many scoring titles and has already become the undisputed leader of the league's most intriguing young squad. With all the talk of LeBron taking over Kobe's throne, it could be Durant who ends up as the NBA's top dog.

3. Will the Jazz miss Carlos Mark Stuart Womens Jersey Boozer? No doubt. It's hard not to miss the nearly 20 points and 11 rebounds that Boozer brought to the court every night. Just how much Utah misses it will depend what they can get out of Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap on a nightly basis. When he's healthy, Jefferson can be a beast on the floor and post similar numbers to Boozer. Millsap has been an excellent rebounder off the bench with just enough scoring to keep opposing defenses honest. Both will have to boost their game just a touch to keep the Jazz in the thick of things.

4. What would happen if Greg Oden played a full season? That's what the Portland Trail Blazers are most interested in finding out. So far in two seasons, the former #1 overall pick has played a total of 82 games. A healthy and productive Greg Oden frees up LaMarcus Aldridge to be more of a scorer and opens things up on the wing for Brandon Roy. In a division as tightly packed as this, Oden's presence could be the difference between first and fourth.