October 25, 2012 6:37 PM by Braxton
In 2011-12, the Pacers had a breakout season, and many expect them to finish in the top three in the Eastern Conference this season. Having one of the most well rounded rosters in the NBA, including Danny Granger and Roy Hibbert, the Pacers could make a lot of noise this season. With the help of Paul George, David West, Gerald Green, Tyler Hansbrough, D.J. Augustin, and George Hill, expect the Pacers to finish 1st in the Central Division.
With former MVP Derrick Rose potentially missing the entire 2012-2013 season with a tear in his left ACL that he obtained in last seasons first playoff game, the Bulls probably won’t have the NBA’s best record like they have the past two seasons. Luol Deng will probably be relied on the most offensively, with Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson taken the defensive load. With some decent players like Carlos Boozer, Kirk Hinrich, Richard Hamillton, Nate Robinson, and Marco Belinelli, the Bulls will be able to sneak into the playoffs. In a fairly weak division, Chi-Town finished 2nd in the Central Division.
Even with stars Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis, the Bucks are always passed over, and for good reason. Besides Jennings, Ellis, and Ersan lyasova, Milwauke is a team full of scrap players. Either past their primes, or mediocre, the Bucks have the pieces to make the playoffs, but not do much once they reach the post-season. Milwaukee will finish 3rd in their division.
The Pistons could be a dark horse this upcoming season. Brandon Knight, Rodney Stuckey, Tayshaun Prince, Andre Drummond, and Greg Monroe could potentially make a solid starting five. Throw in a bench equipped with Charlie Villanueva, Jonas Jerebko, Will Bynum, Corey Maggette, and the Pistons will improve. Detroit will finish 4th in the Central Division.
Remember when Cavs owner Dan Gilbert said they would win a ring before LeBron did Well, to no surprise, that didn’t happen. With a rising star in Kyrie Irving, and two young guns like Tristan Thompson and Dion Waiters, the Cavaliers could be a very good team in the future, with future being the key word. Other than Anderson Varejao, the Cavs will have to rely on sophomore Kyrie Irving to win a lot of game for them. Cleveland will finish 5th in their division.