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The Baseline: 2017-18 Central Division Preview

Its all about the Cavs again in the NBA’s Central Division but a few teams have designs of success this season. We breakdown a division with a mix of talent and rebuilding stories.

Detroit Pistons

Andre Drummond and a dreadful season and Reggie Jackson never got on track. How will Stan Van Gundy turn this team around and implement Avery Bradley. Is Tobias Harris ready for a larger role and how good can Stanley Johnson become?

Chicago Bulls

Rebuild is the way of the walk in the Chi and the future revolves around Kris Dunn and Zach LaVine. Nikola Mirotic and Bobby Portis have prime opportunities to put up big numbers as well. We speculate the fate of veteran center Robin Lopez as the Bulls tank for picks.

Indiana Pacers

Myles Turner should be fed the ball on every possession as the Pacers look to move past the trade of Paul George. Victor Oladipo claims to be a man on a mission but is his talent equal to his desire?

Milwaukee Bucks

We could be looking at a MVP campaign for Giannis Antetokounmpo and with Khris Middleton healthy to being the season the Bucks are poised for success. How much will the injury to Jabari Parker impact the roster and is Malcom Brogdon truly as good as his rookie season indicated?

Cleveland Cavaliers

With Dwyane Wade and LeBron James back together again the Cavs are deeper than ever. Kevin Love will play center and Derrick Rose will man the point until Isaiah Thomas returns. Will the regular season bore this team or will they find renewed interest with such a deep roster?

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