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NBA Offseason Review: Central Division

12.23.11 at 10:00 am ET
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Given the drama (and comedy) that was the NBA lockout, the ensuing free agency frenzy and the vetoed trade by a commissioner of a group of owners who was acting as the general manager of an individual team that is owned by that same group of owners, it’s easy to get confused about who landed where. This is the fifth of six daily division-by-division reviews leading up to opening day.

NBA Offseason Review: Pacific Division
NBA Offseason Review: Northwest Division
NBA Offseason Review: Southwest Division
NBA Offseason Review: Southeast Division

INDIANA PACERS

2010-11 record: 37-45
2010-11 standing: 2nd in Central Division
NBA draft picks: None
Key additions: David West (free agent); Louis Amundson (trade); George Hill (trade)
Key substractions: Josh McRoberts (free agent); Brandon Rush (trade); Mike Dunleavy (FA); T.J. Ford (FA)
2011-12 starters: PG Darren Collison; SG Paul George; SF Danny Granger; PG David West; C Roy Hibbert
2011-12 wins over/under (sportsbook.com): 31.5
2011-12 prediction: 36-30

CHICAGO BULLS

2010-11 record: 62-20
2010-11 standing: Won Central Division
NBA draft picks: 23. Nikola Mirotic; 30. Jimmy Butler
Key additions: Richard Hamilton (buyout)
Key substractions: Keith Bogans (waived); Kurt Thomas (free agent)
2011-12 starters: PG Derrick Rose; SG Hamilton; SF Luol Deng; PF Carlos Boozer; C Joakim Noah
2011-12 wins over/under (sportsbook.com): 46.5
2011-12 prediction: 49-17

DETROIT PISTONS

2010-11 record: 30-52
2010-11 standing: 4th in Central Division
NBA draft picks: 8. Brandon Knight; 33. Kyle Singler; 52. Vernon Macklin
Key additions: Damien Wilkins (free agent)
Key substractions: Richard Hamilton (buyout); Tracy McGrady (free agent)
2011-12 starters: PG Rodney Stuckey; SG Ben Gordon; SF Tayshaun Prince; PF Jonas Jerebko; C Greg Monroe
2011-12 wins over/under (sportsbook.com): 20.5
2011-12 prediction: 25-41

MILWAUKEE BUCKS

2010-11 record: 35-47
2010-11 standing: 3rd in Central Division
NBA draft picks: 19. Tobias Harris; 40. Jon Leuer
Key additions: Stephen Jackson (trade); Beno Udrih (trade); Shaun Livingston (trade)
Key substractions: John Salmons (trade); Corey Maggette (trade); Keyon Dooling (trade)
2011-12 starters: PG Brandon Jennings; SG Jackson; SF Carlos Delfino; PF Drew Gooden; C Andrew Bogut
2011-12 wins over/under (sportsbook.com): 26.5
2011-12 prediction: 27-39

CLEVELAND CAVALIERS

2010-11 record: 19-63
2010-11 standing: 5th in Central Division
NBA draft picks: 1. Kyrie Irving; 4. Tristan Thompson; 54. Milan Macvan
Key additions: Omri Casspi (trade)
Key substractions: Baron Davis (free agent); J.J. Hickson (trade)
2011-12 starters: PG Ramon Sessions; SG Anthony Parker; SF Casspi; PF Antawn Jamison; C Anderson Varejao
2011-12 wins over/under (sportsbook.com): 16.5
2011-12 prediction: 11-55

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