Central Division


1. Milwaukee Bucks

This is as good a time as any for them to finally punch their ticket to the Finals.

2. Indiana Pacers

They have a solid core to be contenders in the East, but having a new head coach could cause some growing pains.

3. Detroit Pistons

Chances are they will be a bottom seeded team in the playoffs, but is that enough for a once proud franchise?

4. Cleveland Cavaliers

If everything goes right they could be a sneaky good team, but that hinges on the health of Kevin Love and the development of Collin Sexton.

5. Chicago Bulls

An identity needs to be established with a new regime taking over from the front office to the bench.

Head Coach: Mike Budenholzer

Key Position: Guard

Key Rookies: F Jordan Nwora, G Sam Merrill

Key Acquisitions: G Jrue Holiday (New Orleans), F Bobby Portis (New York), G D.J. Augustin (Orlando)

Starting Lineup: G Jrue Holiday, G Dante DiVencenzo, F Khris Middleton, F Giannis Antetokounmpo, C Brook Lopez

Head Coach: Nate Bjorkgren (Toronto)

Key Position: Guard

Key Rookies: None

Key Acquisitions: None

Starting Lineup: G Malcolm Brogdon, G Victor Oladipo, F T.J. Warren, F Domantas Sabonis, C Myles Turner

Head Coach: Dwane Casey

Key Position: Forward

Key Rookies: G Killian Hayes, C Isaiah Stewart, F Saddiq Bey

Key Acquisitions: F Jerami Grant (Denver), F Josh Jackson (Memphis), G Delon Wright (Dallas), C Mason Plumlee (Denver), G Wayne Ellington (New York)

Starting Lineup: G Killian Hayes, G Derrick Rose, F Jerami Grant, Blake Griffin, C Mason Plumlee

Head Coach: J.B. Bickerstaff

Key Position: Everything

Key Rookies: G Isaac Okoro

Key Acquisitions: C JaVale McGee (LA Lakers)

Starting Lineup: G Darius Garland, G Collin Sexton, F Larry Nance Jr., F Kevin Love, C Andre Drummond

Head Coach: Billy Donovan (Oklahoma City)

Key Position: Everything

Key Rookies: F Patrick Williams

Key Acquisitions: G Garrett Temple (Brooklyn)

Starting Lineup: G Coby White, G Zach LaVine, F Patrick Williams, F Lauri Markkanen, C Wendell Carter Jr.

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