Northwest Division (NBA)

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Northwest Division
Conference Western Conference
League National Basketball Association
Sport Basketball
Inaugural season 2004–05 season
No. of teams
Most recent champion(s) (1st title)
Most titles (5 titles)

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.

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 SuperSonics/Thunder franchise has won the most Northwest Division titles, with five, while the Nuggets have won three, the Jazz have won two, the Trail Blazers have won one, 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. The most recent division champion is the Portland Trail Blazers, having won their first division championship in the 2014–15 season.

Standings[edit]

Main article: 2014–15 NBA season
Northwest Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div GP
y-Portland Trail Blazers 51 31 .622 0.0 32–9 19–22 11–5 82
Oklahoma City Thunder 45 37 .549 6.0 29–12 16–25 10–6 82
Utah Jazz 38 44 .463 13.0 21–20 17–24 9–7 82
Denver Nuggets 30 52 .366 21.0 19–22 11–30 6–10 82
Minnesota Timberwolves 16 66 .195 35.0 9–32 7–34 4–12 82

Notes

  • y – Clinched division title

Teams[edit]

Team City Year From
Joined
Denver Nuggets Denver, Colorado 2004 Midwest Division
Minnesota Timberwolves Minneapolis, Minnesota 2004 Midwest Division
Oklahoma City Thunder (2008–present)
Seattle SuperSonics (19672008)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Seattle, Washington
2004 Pacific Division
Portland Trail Blazers Portland, Oregon 2004 Pacific Division
Utah Jazz Salt Lake City, Utah 2004 Midwest Division

Division champions[edit]

Season Team Record Playoffs result
2004–05 Seattle SuperSonics 52–30 (.634) Lost Conference Semifinals
2005–06 Denver Nuggets 44–38 (.537) Lost First Round
2006–07 Utah Jazz 51–31 (.622) Lost Conference Finals
2007–08 Utah Jazz 54–28 (.659) Lost Conference Semifinals
2008–09 Denver Nuggets 54–28 (.659) Lost Conference Finals
2009–10 Denver Nuggets 53–29 (.646) Lost First Round
2010–11 Oklahoma City Thunder 55–27 (.671) Lost Conference Finals
2011–12[a] Oklahoma City Thunder 47–19 (.712) Lost NBA Finals
2012–13 Oklahoma City Thunder 60–22 (.732) Lost Conference Semifinals
2013–14 Oklahoma City Thunder 59–23 (.720) Lost Conference Finals
2014–15 Portland Trail Blazers 51–31 (.622) Lost First Round

Titles by team[edit]

Team Titles Season(s) won
Seattle SuperSonics/Oklahoma City Thunder 5 2004–05, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14
Denver Nuggets 3 2005–06, 2008–09, 2009–10
Utah Jazz 2 2006–07, 2007–08
Portland Trail Blazers 1 2014–15
Minnesota Timberwolves 0

Season results[edit]

^ 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 (24–54) 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)

Notes[edit]

  • 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]

References[edit]

General
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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