The NBA’s Central Division is one of the most interesting to consider for the upcoming season, with four potential playoff teams and two dark-horse championship contenders.
The five teams in the Central combined for the most wins out of the three Eastern Conference Divisions in the 2011-12 season, with 169. By contrast, the Atlantic Division had 155 wins, while the Southeastern Division (including the Champion Miami Heat) won 150.
In each of the past two seasons, the Bulls have won both the Central Division and secured the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. With superstar guard Derrick Rose likely out until March, however, Chicago won’t have such an easy time winning the division.
Depending on how the season pans out, both Chicago and Indiana could make some serious noise in the playoffs. You could make the case for both Milwaukee and Cleveland to make the postseason as well. Detroit is a step behind, but the Pistons have an exciting young roster with a ton of talent.
Which of the division’s talent will rise to the top? How will the final standings play out?
Let’s take a look at my predictions for the Central Division in 2012-13.