Northwest Notes: Kirilenko, Carroll, Faried, Kanter

While the Thunder's 108-101 win over the Nuggets in Oklahoma City was the only Northwest game action tonight, that doesn't mean there isn't plenty going on within the division.  Here are some other things happening in the Northwest:

  • Blazers coach Terry Stotts said that the team's final roster decisions will not be made until next week, tweets Ben Golliver of Blazers Edge.  The Blazers haven't made any cuts of late, and their roster still stands at 21.  They need to get to 15 by October 31. 
  • David Harkins of the Winnipeg Sun writes that Andrei Kirilenko has begun to get comfortable in Minnesota, and the 6'9" Russian is extremely excited for the upcoming Timberwolves' season.  
  • DeMarre Carroll and his improved jump shot are vying for a spot in the Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin's regular rotation, says Steve Luhm of the Salt Lake Tribune.  "Last year, Utah gave me a chance and I took advantage of my opportunity," Carroll said.  "This year, coach has me in the rotation and I want to keep giving him faith that he can put me in the game — at any time of the game."
  • The play of Enes Kanter has been a pleasant surprise for the Jazz this preseason, and at least some of it can be attributed to the mentorship of fellow big man Al Jefferson, writes Bill Oram of the Salt Lake Tribune.  Oram adds that with Jefferson set to be a free agent after the season, Kanter's development will be a major factor in what the team decides to do.
  • After a successful rookie season, it is apparent that Nuggets power forward Kenneth Faried has the tools and attitude to become one of the NBA's best rebounders, writes Benjamin Hockman of the Denver Post.  Faried averaged 7.7 rebounds in only 22.5 minutes per game, but figures to get increased playing time this season.  In seven playoff games, he averaged 10.0 rebounds in 27.4 minutes.

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