Figuring Out the Central Division
The Central Division is the most difficult division to break down at this point. Last season the Cavaliers ruled the division under the iron fist of LeBron James. However, LeBron James is no longer there. The Milwaukee Bucks and the Chicago Bulls seem to be the teams at the front of this division. However, don't count out the Detroit Pistons who suffered from a rash of injuries last season. The Cavaliers still have a group of strong players as well. As for the Indiana Pacers, don't count them out either. They had their share of injury problems as well. This analysis will focus on each team and their previous season combined with their draft and what they did in free agency. From there it will look at what they can expect from what they have right now and then look at what they still need to acquire in order to make the most from what they have. So, using last year's standings, let's get it going!
What to Expect From the Rookies 2010
It's that time of year again, rosters around the league are finally filling out, and we can get a good idea of what most of the rookies roles will be on their teams. Let's take a look at what they should be doing this coming season.
Free Agent Frenzy
Sorry for the lack of originality in the title, but that phrase has never meant as much as it has meant this summer during the 2010 NBA free agency season. There have been several teams which have gone through major changes. With this we are going to go over the changes that each team has made, what they mean for them, and what they need to do from here on out to maximize. Since not every team has made a huge splash at this time, the main teams that will be looked at are the big six teams who were in the LeBron sweepstakes.
Going into the Head of LeBron James
It's been the most overdone story in sports recently. The Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James haven't played a game since May 13, and since then all we've heard about is LeBron James and where he might be going. The talk about it has even taken over much of the talk of the NBA Finals, MLB interleague play, and has been on par with the talk of the World Cup, although if you ask me it should get more coverage than the World Cup. In other words, there has not been this much hype leading into the start of the free agent season ever before.
Tom Thibodeau Finally Gets His Head Coaching Job
The Chicago Bulls this morning gave former Boston, San Antonio, Houston, New York, Minnesota, and Philadelphia assistant coach Tom Thibodeau his first head coaching job. This is a little bit of a controversial decision for the Bulls, as their last coach, Vinny Del Negro also did not have any head coaching experience and failed to get the Bulls out of the first round of the playoffs either year he was the coach of the Bulls, bringing them to a 41-41 regular season record both seasons as their coach. However, Thibodeau has a very impressive resume, an amazing mind and love for the game of basketball, and has many differences from Vinny Del Negro.
My 2010 First Round Mock Draft
I don't think I need to explain this much. This is pretty much explained by the title alone. This is my mock draft. This is what I think will happen in just over 48 hours during the 2010 NBA Draft. I will take a second to state once again that this is what I think will happen, not necessarily what I think should happen. This is based on recent buzz certain players have gotten, what has happened with previous drafts and the buzz the players have gotten during them, and where players fit in with teams. Like mentioned in the title, this is just the first round, and this is also assuming no trades are done to change the current order. So, I shall now continue.