Central Division


1. Cleveland Cavaliers

With just a few tweaks, they’re poised to make another title run.

2. Milwaukee Bucks

Time for them to make their move in the wide open Eastern Conference.

3. Detroit Pistons

At best they’ll clinch a low seed in the playoffs.

4. Indiana Pacers

They’re starting over with Paul George gone, but they are in better shape than most thought they would be.

5. Chicago Bulls

It’s been a while since the Bulls were in a rebuilding mode.

Head Coach: Tyronn Lue

Key Position: Guard

Key Rookies: None

Key Acquisitions: F Jae Crowder (Boston), F Jeff Green (Orlando), G Derrick Rose (New York), G Isaiah Thomas (Boston), G Dwyane Wade (Chicago)

Starting Lineup: G Isaiah Thomas, G Dwyane Wade, F LeBron James, F Jae Crowder, C Kevin Love

Head Coach: Jason Kidd

Key Position: Forward

Key Rookies: F D.J. Wilson

Key Acquisitions: G Tony Snell (re-signed)

Starting Lineup: G Malcolm Brogdon, G Tony Snell, F Khris Middleton, F Giannis Antetokounmpo, C Thon Maker

Head Coach: Stan Van Gundy

Key Position: Guard

Key Rookies: G Luke Kennard

Key Acquisitions: G Langston Galloway (Sacramento), G Avery Bradley (Boston)

Starting Lineup: G Reggie Jackson, G Avery Bradley, F Stanley Johnson, F Tobias Harris, C Andre Drummond

Head Coach: Nate McMillan

Key Position: Forward

Key Rookies: F T.J. Leaf

Key Acquisitions: F Bojan Bogdanovic (Washington), G Darren Collison (Sacramento), G Victor Oladipo (Oklahoma City), F Domantas Sabonis (Oklahoma City)

Starting Lineup: G Darren Collison, G Victor Oladipo, F Bojan Bogdanovic, F Thad Young, C Myles Turner

Head Coach: Fred Hoiberg

Key Position: Everything

Key Rookies: F Lauri Markkanen

Key Acquisitions: G Kris Dunn (Minnesota), G Zach LaVine (Minnesota), G Justin Holiday (New York)

Starting Lineup: G Kris Dunn, G Justin Holiday, F Paul Zipser, F Nikola Mirotic, C Robin Lopez

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