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The Baseline: Central Division Preview

Cal Lee and Warren Shaw continue their preview series for the 2014-2015 NBA season examining the Central Division. What was once a division dominated by the Indiana Pacers now seems to be a two-team race without the Pacers in mind.

  • Are the Cleveland Cavaliers deep enough to take the division? Did David Griffin do enough to put LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving over the top or will their lack of depth at the point guard position haunt the Cavs opportunity at a championship run?
  • The Chicago Bulls are good…”scary” good. But are they too good to be true? Even with all this talent at head coach Tom Thibodeau’s disposal, can he manage this team for the full 82 and not burn out his starting 5? The Bulls have their own big three with Derrick Rose, Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah. Is their bench with Taj Gibson, Doug McDermott, Kirk Hinrich and Aaron Brooks championship caliber?
  • So what becomes of the Indiana Pacers? It been a nightmare offseason with the injury to Paul George and free agency loss of Lance Stephenson. The Pacers may be fighting the possibility of a losing season unless Frank Vogel can figure out a way to get the most out his team especially the likes of Roy Hibbert, David West and George Hill. We breakdown the “broken” down Pacers and whether this season may be a wash when its all said and done.
  • The Detroit Pistons cleaned house and with Stan Van Gundy as their President and head coach, many feel he is the right man to rejuvenate a befuddled offense in the Motor City. While Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings are seeking Hoop Redemption, the emergence of Andre Drummond has rekindled a level of excitement fans are seeking in the Palace. They haven’t reached “Bad Boys” status yet but could be getter closer.
  • The Milwaukee Bucks look like a team after the wrong block is pulled from the Jenga deck. A team with unknown talent, with a quirky head coach in Jason Kidd may mean another struggling sub 30- win season. But the upside of Jabari Parker and Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Brandon Knight may give Bucks fans a little hope. We wonder if the bigs (Larry Sanders, Ersan Ilyasova and John Henson) can redeem themselves this year too.

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