The Central division was once a powerful division in the Eastern Conference. The Cavaliers led the NBA last season with a 61-21 record and was way ahead in the division with Milwaukee trailing with only 46 wins, three teams went all the way to the playoffs.
This time there is no Lebron and the teams are now leveled and competitive.
Let’s try to see the Central Division with their teams and new acquisitions.
Keith Bogans, Ronnie Brewer, Kyle Korver, John Lucas, Roger Powell, Brian Scalabrine, Kurt Thomas, C.J. Watson, Kyle Weaver and Carlos Boozer
They got a star studded lineup with Carlos Boozer in the power forward, Luol Deng, Joakim Noah in Center, Ronnie Brewer and Derrick Rose manning the point and losing only two key players in Kirk Hinrich and Brad Miller. The Bulls also got lucky in taking Omer Asik who played pretty well in the Fiba World championship. Boozer provided the low post threat the Bulls have been looking in years and with Thibodeau as their head coach it looks like the Bulls are heading to a bigger season this year. Expect athletic and versatile Bulls this time.
Joey Graham, Ryan Hollins, Cedric Jackson, Ramon Sessions and Loren Woods
Christian Eyenga, Manny Harris, Tasmin Mitchell and Samardo Samuels
They’ve lost Lebron James in “The Decision” but life goes on and instead of drowning their selves in tears. They should have been aggressive during free agency picking up key players to boost their lineup and compensate the hole Lebron left. But the Cavaliers were left in the drain with Lebron prolonging his decision while some of the marquee players are being signed by other teams. Which left them without a piece of the cake and was left with bread crumbs instead. Next season would be the Cavaliers life without Bronx2 and it looks like it’s a long road to recovery.
With Coach Byron Scott inculcating a run and gun system this time even without a point guard with the caliber of Steve Nash who could run the system pretty well, at least they are embracing a change. Running and pushing the ball would definitely be a fresh start for the Cavaliers.
Ike Diogu and Tracy Mcgrady
Vernon Hamilton, Greg Monroe and Terrico White
The Pistons still have their old core still intact then adding a perennial scoring guard Tracy Mcgrady in the mix makes them an instant contender team but as much as it looks good in paper the Pistons are still a too good to be true team. They won only 27 games last season in spite adding Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva. Tracy Mcgrady the two time scoring champion who was by-pass by other teams because of his fragile legs having gone to series of injuries and multiple leg operations is still finding his old self back. He hasn’t played a full game after getting back from his injuries. So the Pistons are still in the mid of being great or leveling expectations. This is a team who has boundless of talent but still looking for their true character as a team. Finding the right formula and finding the right minutes for three former All-stars maybe tiring and challenging for Coach Kuester.
Lance Allred, Darren Collison and James Posey
Paul George, Magnum Rolle and Lance Stephenson
Losing Troy Murphy might be a blessing in disguise for the Pacers because they were able to get a young and promising point guard in Darren Collison. They drafted a good rookie in Paul George and got the talented NBDL player Lance Allred. It looks like the Pacers are in for a good season getting also defensive specialist James Posey to guard scorers in the opposing team. They are a good team but the problem will rely on their offensive consistency. Danny Granger needs all the help he can so the Pacers should trade or sign other key players to have a balance scoring or someone will have to step it up.
Earl Boykins, John Brockman, Kenyon Dooling, Chris Douglas-Roberts, Drew Gooden, Brian Skinner and Corey Maggette
Tiny Gallon, Darington Hobson, Tory Jackson, Chris Kramer, Billy Rush and Larry Sanders
“Fear the deer”… That is Milwaukee’s battle cry coming to the season. They have plenty of depth this year covering from the point guards all the way to the power forward position. They are young and athletic and they can score inside and out. Brandon Jennings who had a breakout rookie season will be showing his wares again with a faster team who loves to run in transition. The only problem Milwaukee has is the center position. Andrew Bogut is a good post up and defensive player he is just injury prone and there is no one among the Bucks roster who could fill up or be a good backup center to Bogut. Gooden, Skinner and Brockman are legitimate Power forwards and Larry Sanders is just a 21 year old rookie. They are now in hot pursuit of Eric Dampier who can very well cover up the paint when Bogut goes down again.
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