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The Northwest Division is one of the three divisions in the Western Conference of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The division consists of five teams: the Denver Nuggets, the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Portland Trail Blazers and the Utah Jazz.

Northwest Division
ConferenceWestern Conference
LeagueNational Basketball Association
SportBasketball
Inaugural season2004–05 season
Teams
No. of teams5
Championships
Most recent Northwest Division champion(s)Denver Nuggets (4th title)
Most Northwest Division titlesOklahoma City Thunder Seattle SuperSonics (6 titles)

The division was created at the start of the 2004–05 season, when the league expanded from 29 to 30 teams with the addition of the Charlotte Bobcats. The league realigned itself into three divisions in each conference. The Northwest Division began with five inaugural members: the Nuggets, the Timberwolves, the Trail Blazers, the Seattle SuperSonics and the Jazz.[1][2] The Trail Blazers and SuperSonics joined from the Pacific Division, while the Nuggets, the Timberwolves and Jazz joined from the now-defunct Midwest Division.

The most recent division champion is the Denver Nuggets, having won its fourth division championship in the 2018–19 NBA season. The SuperSonics-Thunder franchise has won the most Northwest Division titles, with six, while the Nuggets have won four, the Jazz have won three, the Trail Blazers have won two, and the Timberwolves have never won the Northwest Division title. In the 2009–10 season, all four teams that qualified for the playoffs each had more than 50 wins, and in 2018–19 all four teams that qualified for the playoffs had at least 49 wins.

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StandingsEdit

Northwest Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div GP
yDenver Nuggets 54 28 .659 0.0 34–7 20–21 12–4 82
xPortland Trail Blazers 53 29 .646 1.0 32–9 21–20 6–10 82
xUtah Jazz 50 32 .610 4.0 29–12 21–20 8–8 82
xOklahoma City Thunder 49 33 .598 5.0 27–14 22–19 9–7 82
Minnesota Timberwolves 36 46 .439 18.0 25–16 11–30 5–10 82

Notes

  • y – Clinched division title
  • x – Clinched playoff spot

TeamsEdit

Division championsEdit

Season resultsEdit

^ Denotes team that won the NBA championships
+ Denotes team that won the Conference Finals, but lost the NBA Finals
* Denotes team that qualified for the NBA Playoffs
Season Team (record)
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
2004–05 Seattle* (52–30) Denver* (49–33) Minnesota (44–38) Portland (27–55) Utah (26–56)
2005–06 Denver* (44–38) Utah (41–41) Seattle (35–47) Minnesota (33–49) Portland (21–61)
2006–07 Utah* (51–31) Denver* (45–37) Portland (32–50) Minnesota (32–50) Seattle (31–51)
2007–08 Utah* (54–28) Denver* (50–32) Portland (41–41) Minnesota (22–60) Seattle (20–62)
2008–09 Denver* (54–28) Portland* (54–28) Utah* (48–34) Minnesota (24–58) Oklahoma City (23–59)
2009–10 Denver* (53–29) Utah* (53–29) Portland* (50–32) Oklahoma City* (50–32) Minnesota (15–67)
2010–11 Oklahoma City* (55–27) Denver* (50–32) Portland* (48–34) Utah (39–43) Minnesota (17–65)
2011–12[a] Oklahoma City+ (47–19) Denver* (38–28) Utah* (36–30) Portland (28–38) Minnesota (26–40)
2012–13 Oklahoma City* (60–22) Denver* (57–25) Utah (43–39) Portland (33–49) Minnesota (31–51)
2013–14 Oklahoma City* (59–23) Portland* (54–28) Minnesota (40–42) Denver (36–46) Utah (25–57)
2014–15 Portland* (51–31) Oklahoma City (45–37) Utah (38–44) Denver (30–52) Minnesota (16–66)
2015–16 Oklahoma City* (55–27) Portland* (44–38) Utah (40–42) Denver (33–49) Minnesota (29–53)
2016–17 Utah* (51–31) Oklahoma City* (47–35) Portland* (41–41) Denver (40–42) Minnesota (31–51)
2017–18 Portland* (49–33) Oklahoma City* (48–34) Utah* (48–34) Minnesota* (47–35) Denver (46–36)
2018–19 Denver* (54–28) Portland* (53–29) Utah* (50–32) Oklahoma City* (49–33) Minnesota (36–46)

NotesEdit

  • a 1 2 Because of a lockout, the season did not start until December 25, 2011, and all 30 teams played a shortened 66-game regular season schedule.[3]

ReferencesEdit

General
  • "NBA & ABA League Index". Basketball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC.
Specific
  1. ^ "NBA Approves Realignment for 2004-05 Season". National Basketball Association. November 17, 2003. Retrieved April 10, 2015.
  2. ^ "Expansion Bobcats prompt change". ESPN.com. ESPN Internet Ventures. Associated Press. November 17, 2003. Retrieved May 29, 2011.
  3. ^ Jenkins, Lee (December 5, 2011). "'tis The Season". CNN Sports Illustrated. Time Warner Company. Retrieved April 30, 2012.

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