Northwest Division (NBA)


Northwest Division (NBA)
Northwest Division
Conference Western Conference
League National Basketball Association
Sport Basketball
Inaugural season 2004–05 season
No. of teams 5
Most recent champion(s) Oklahoma City Thunder (1st title)
Most titles Denver Nuggets (3 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 Blazers, the Seattle SuperSonics and the Jazz.[1] The Blazers and the Sonics joined from the Pacific Division, while the Nuggets, the Timberwolves and the Jazz joined from the now-defunct Midwest Division.

The Nuggets have won the most Northwest Division titles with three. The Jazz and the Sonics/Thunder franchise have won two titles each. The Timberwolves and the Blazers have never won the Northwest Division title. No team from the division has ever won the NBA championship. 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 Oklahoma City Thunder.

Contents

Standings

Northwest Division v · d · e W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Oklahoma City Thunder 55 27 .671 30–11 25–16 13–3
x-Denver Nuggets 50 32 .610 5 33–8 17–24 9–7
x-Portland Trail Blazers 48 34 .585 7 30–11 18–23 10–6
Utah Jazz 39 43 .476 16 21–20 18–23 7–9
Minnesota Timberwolves 17 65 .207 38 12–29 5–36 1–15

Notes

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

Teams

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

Division champions

Season Team Record Playoffs result
2004–05 Seattle SuperSonics &10000000000000000634000 52–30 (.634) Lost Conference Semifinals
2005–06 Denver Nuggets &10000000000000000537000 44–38 (.537) Lost First Round
2006–07 Utah Jazz &10000000000000000622000 51–31 (.622) Lost Conference Finals
2007–08 Utah Jazz &10000000000000000659000 54–28 (.659) Lost Conference Semifinals
2008–09 Denver Nuggets &10000000000000000659000 54–28 (.659) Lost Conference Finals
2009–10 Denver Nuggets &10000000000000000646000 53–29 (.646) Lost First Round
2010–11 Oklahoma City Thunder &10000000000000000671000 55–27 (.671) Lost Conference Finals

Titles by team

Team Titles Season(s) won
Denver Nuggets 3 2005–06, 2008–09, 2009–10
Seattle SuperSonics / Oklahoma City Thunder 2 2004–05, 2010–11
Utah Jazz 2 2006–07, 2007–08

Season results

^ 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)

References

General
Specific
  1. ^ "Expansion Bobcats prompt change". ESPN.com. ESPN Internet Ventures. November 17, 2003. http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=1664103. Retrieved May 29, 2011. 

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