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As the NBA season approaches, we continue the series of previews provided by NBA bloggers from around the web. This weeks edition: the Central Division.
Last week, bloggers from all across SB Nation and the rest of the web provided their previews of the teams in the Pacific Division. This week, we shift focus back to the Eastern Conference and take a look at the Central Division:
Over the course of the past few seasons, the Central Division has been dominated by Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls. This season, however, the Bulls will be in for a test as Derrick Rose could miss anywhere from 40 to all 82 games.
As a result, the division could open up for a potential team on the rise like the Indiana Pacers--who got stronger at the point guard spot with the addition of D.J Augustine--or a team like the Milwaukee Bucks who got stronger inside with the additions of John Henson, Samuel Dalembert and Joel Przybilla.
The Cavaliers are another very interesting squad in this division. After adding franchise point guard Kyrie Irving and potential starting power forward Tristan Thompson through the draft last year, they had another strong draft, adding a big-time scoring guard in Dion Waters and a future starting center in Tyler Zeller. This season should mark another step forward for the club, but just how big of a step remains to be seen.
Rounding out the division we have the Detroit Pistons who should be in for another rough season in the win-loss column. But, it shouldn't be without glimpses of hope for the future. Young big-man Andre Drummond has gobs of potential, which has been on full display this preseason. Second year guard Brandon Knight appears to be improving every single day and could be primed for a breakout season. Combine those two youngster with another potential breakout star in Greg Monroe and this Pistons team could be a force to be reckoned with down the road.