Central Division


1. Cleveland Cavaliers

A lot of money was spent to get a championship in Cleveland.

2. Chicago Bulls

With an offensive minded head coach, maybe the Bulls go on an upswing.

3. Milwaukee Bucks

The roster is incredibly deep to compete in the top tier of the conference.

4. Indiana Pacers

The only reason to watch them is to see how Paul George does.

5. Detroit Pistons

This is Stan Van Gundy’s team and he’ll have to make the most out of it.


Cleveland Cavaliers

Head Coach: David Blatt

Key Position: Guards

Key Rookies: None

Key Acquisitions: F Richard Jefferson (Dallas Mavericks), G Mo Williams (Minnesota Timberwolves)

Starting Lineup: G Kyrie Irving, G Iman Shumpert, F LeBron James, F Kevin Love, C Timofey Mozgov


Chicago Bulls

Head Coach: Fred Hoiberg (Iowa State)

Key Position: Forwards

Key Rookies: None

Key Acquisitions: G Jimmy Butler (re-signed)

Starting Lineup: G Derrick Rose, G Jimmy Butler, F Doug McDermott, F Pau Gasol, C Joakim Noah


Milwaukee Bucks

Head Coach: Jason Kidd

Key Position: Forwards

Key Rookies: G Rashad Vaughn

Key Acquisitions: F Greg Monroe (Detroit Pistons), G Greivis Vasquez (Toronto Raptors)

Starting Lineup: G Michael Carter-Williams, G Khris Middleton, F Giannis Antetokounmpo, F John Henson, C Greg Monroe


Indiana Pacers

Head Coach: Frank Vogel

Key Position: Forwards

Key Rookies: F Myles Turner

Key Acquisitions: G Monta Ellis (Dallas Mavericks), C Jordan Hill (Los Angeles Lakers)

Starting Lineup: G George Hill, G Monta Ellis, F C.J. Miles, F Paul George, C Ian Mahinmi


Detroit Pistons

Head Coach: Stan Van Gundy

Key Position: Guards

Key Rookies: F Stanley Johnson

Key Acquisitions: G Steve Blake (Portland Trail Blazers), F Ersan Ilyasova (Milwaukee Bucks), F Marcus Morris (Phoenix Suns)

Starting Lineup: G Reggie Jackson, G Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, F Stanley Johnson, F Ersan Ilyasova, C Andre Drummond

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