What Can LeBron Do For You? How James’ Departure Affects The Central

July 13th, 2010 by Jay Wierenga Leave a reply »
So now that the dust has settled, and the sun indeed still came up the day after LeBron James decided to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers to join his buddies in Miami, the Central Division picture looks a bit murkier than it did last week.

Looking at the standings from last year, the Cavaliers stand out like a lighthouse in a desert at night. They finished the year with a 15-game lead over the second place Milwaukee Bucks. In fact, the other three teams (Detroit Pistons, Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers) all failed to win more than they lost.

Now, obviously the Central does not exist in a vacuum, and each team has addressed some needs and their rosters figure to shake up quite a bit more between now and the start of the season.

However, as it stands now, we can reasonably see how the departure of James and the inevitable implosion of the Cavs will affect the rest of the Division. Here is a team by team appraisal of what could come to fruition.

Next in line of succession

Of the remaining four teams in the Central, two appear to be head and shoulders above the rest, and those two have done more to help their causes. I'm talking, ...

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