2013 NBA Draft: Breaking Down Team Needs For The Northwest Division

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Team Needs For Northwest Division

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Kevin Jairaj-USA Today Sports

The 2013 NBA Draft is approaching fast and it’s time to dive into the decision making side of things here at Rant Sports.

While the prospects remain the focus, we can’t forget about the choices that many NBA organizations will have to face. Do they address their perimeter rotation in the first round? Will they need to over-draft a prospect, just to fill a need? Or, is there just that perfect fit?

Well, the Northwest Division out west has some interesting story line heading into the draft, as the Oklahoma City Thunder, Utah Jazz and Minnesota Timberwolves each hold two first round selections. That certainly puts them each on the radar for big nights, depending on how things play out. Yet, what are their best fits? What positions do they need to be targeting with those multiple selections?

In addition, we can't forget about the Denver Nuggets or the Portland Trail Blazers who will each be looking to fill some certain needs on that final Thursday in June.

Well, without further ado, let’s take a look at the biggest team needs for the Northwest Division:

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Oklahoma City Thunder

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The Thunder are a title contender out west, but they could use some depth on the perimeter and in the paint. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, C.J. McCollum and Steve Adams are options in the lottery, while numerous prospects could be on their radar late in the first round.

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Denver Nuggets

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After earning the No. 3 seed in the West this past year, things could be shaking up a bit in Denver. See if they target a wing forward at No. 27. Tony Snell, Reggie Bullock, Allen Crabbe and Glen Rice Jr. could all be options.

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Utah Jazz

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Spruce Derden-USA Today Sports

The Jazz need tons of help, especially considering their potential losses in the paint. Utah will likely target Shane Larkin or Dennis Schroeder at No. 14, but don’t be surprised if they go big with their second pick of the first round.

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Portland Trail Blazers

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The Trail Blazers need a shooting guard and if they can’t trade up from No. 10 – C.J. McCollum or Kentavious Caldwell-Pope are the likeliest of targets.

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Minnesota Timberwolves

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Russ Isabella

Minnesota should be targeting a scorer, while also bolstering their front court in this year’s draft. Shabazz Muhammad and Cody Zeller could be early options at No. 9, while options are aplenty later on in the first round.

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