October 19, 2008
For all the changes made by the Pacers, Bucks, and Bulls, it still looks like a two team race between the Detroit Pistons and Cleveland Cavaliers for the NBA’s Central Division crown.
The Indiana Pacers finally turned the page on Jermaine O’Neal, trading him to the Toronto Raptors for PG T.J. Ford and also adding Jarrett Jack to the backcourt mix, but don’t figure into the playoff hunt this year. The Chicago Bulls are poised to improve with first-overall pick Derrick Rose likely starting at PG, Luol Deng hoping to bounce back from an injury-plagued season, and new head coach Vinney del Negro bringing a new style of play; growing pains are likely. And the Bucks… well, they’re going to score a lot of points with Richard “Peanut” Jefferson in the fold and Charlie Vilanueva playing consistent minutes, but they’re also going to drive head coach Scott Skiles crazy with their lack of defensive acumen.
It’s still the Detroit Pistons, now under the direction of head coach Michael Curry, and the Cleveland LeBrons, however, that will in all likelihood compete for division title. But don’t take it from us–the NBA Blogger Previews series rolls on with a look at the Eastern Conference’s Central Division (including our analysis of the Pistons).
Tom: Indy Cornrows