How will the NBA's Northwest Division shape up this season? Check out our preview here.How will the NBA’s Northwest Division shape up this year? Check out our latest preview. The Northwest Division (aka the Kanye-Kardashian Spawn Division) will be hotly contested this season with several young teams competing for a precious Western Conference playoffs spot. Let's takes a look at each team and how they shape up for the 2013/14 NBA season. - Denver Nuggets After being shocked in the playoffs last season by the Golden State Warriors, the Nuggets responded by firing Coach of the Year, George Karl, and GM of the Year, Masai Ujiri. Over the offseason they also lost Andre Iguodala to the Warriors, Corey Brewer to the Timberwolves and Kosta Koufos to the Memphis Grizzlies. To replace George Karl they have enlisted the help of highly regarded but inexperienced, Brian Shaw. Shaw will have some work to do with the current roster that includes some players that are highly talented but require some work to get them to the next level (JaVale McGee, Ty Lawson, Evan Fournier). Some smart offseason signings like J.J. Hickson, Darrell Arthur (via trade) and Nate Robinson should add to their depth and make for another exciting edition of run and gun Nuggets basketball. X-Factor - JaVale McGee - McGee has the talent and body to become a scary good NBA center but his play sometimes is baffling. More time on the NBA Top Ten highlights and less time on Shaqtin A Fool will be a welcome sight to the Nuggets organisation. Predicted Record - 43-39 Minnesota Timberwolves After yet another season of not making the playoffs, the Timberwolves are primed to make a serious push for some postseason action. Their roster looks great with Kevin Love, Ricky Rubio, Nikola Pekovic and Kevin Martin leading the charge. With a healthy roster the T'Wolves will be dangerous, especially given their deep bench. Keep the Timberwolves in your league pass rotation to start the season as they could be the surprise team of 2013/14. X Factor - Ricky Rubio - Can we expect more flashy passing and 36 percent shooting this season or will Rubio develop his jump shot and become the Spanish version of Steve Nash? His development will be key to the success of this team this season. Predicted Record - 48-34 Oklahoma City Thunder 2012/13 ended poorly for the Thunder after a knee injury to Russell Westbrook resulted in a second round exit against the Grizzlies and exposed the lack of depth on their roster. While they will get Westbrook back, the glaring holes in their roster are becoming more evident. Kevin Martin is gone and the depth chart at SG reads Thabo Sefolosha, Jeremy Lamb and Andre Roberson (not good). Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook need some serious help and the likes of Derek Fisher, Kendrick Perkins, Ryan Gomes and Nick Collison don't really provide the makings of a threatening backup unit. They will be good this season but any hopes of a championship run 100 percent ride on the superstar abilities of Durant and Westbrook. X-Factor - Serge Ibaka - Ibaka is being paid a big salary and OKC cannot afford to spend that money on a good player, they need a great player. Ibaka needs to be a night in, night out force in the paint this season to make up for the holes in their roster. Predicted Record - 50-32 Portland Trail Blazers Exciting times are ahead for the fans of the Portland Trail Blazers after things finally appeared to fall into place over the summer. They drafted C.J. McCollum to partner Damian Lillard in the backcourt, signed a whole heap of quality bench players (Mo Williams, Robin Lopez and Dorell Wright) and generally cleaned up shop for the future. The result is they have taken a year or two off the rebuilding phase and will put a very talented starting unit on the court that will be backed up by a quality bench unit. The Trail Blazers will be another team to add to your league pass list. X-Factor - The Bench - Last year Portland had the worst bench in the NBA and struggled to score when their starters weren't on the floor. With several new faces it could be the difference between a win or a loss in tight games. Predicted Record - 45-37 Utah Jazz Utah have been stuck in a bit of a rut for the past two seasons. Having a competent roster but never quite achieving any success was frustrating for their fan base but this season could bring about new fortunes. They may not have the most complete roster in the league but they have unofficially handed the reins over to the youngsters with an eye to the future. Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap and Mo Williams are gone and that gives starting positions to Enes Kanter, Derrick Favors and Trey Burke. Add to those three the likes of Gordon Hayward and Jeremy Evans and you have an exciting core to build around while not expecting results straight away. Don't expect the Jazz to be a playoff team but their development will be fun to watch now some very talented players will be given the responsibility of leading this team into a new era. X-Factor - Trey Burke - He will be given a green light from day one but if he produces his summer league numbers (13-54 FG, 1-19 3PT) then the team will struggle early. Some pundits are backing him to win ROTY given his potential so it could go either way for the Jazz. Predicted Record - 30-52 - How do you think this division will pan out? Let us know in the comments!