2012-2013 NBA Division Preview: Central Division

1. Indiana Pacers – 42-24 (2011-12)

It’s not a secret anymore: The Indiana Pacers are a legit threat in the Eastern Conference. In last year’s playoffs, they surprised everybody by giving the Miami Heat a run for their money. No longer flying under-the-radar, it’ll be interesting to see how this team comes into this season as a favorite not only in the Central Division, but the entire conference.

Center Roy Hibbert has established himself as one of the dominant big men in the East. Arguably a top-5 center in the league, Hibbert makes the Pacers a tough match defensively, taking up so much of the paint. With a wide array of shots at his disposal, the development of the former Georgetown standout will be fun to watch.

George Hill will take over at the point guard spot with Darren Collison’s departure to Dallas. But the success of this team rides on the health of Danny Granger. Considered one of the league’s most dangerous scorers and three-point shooters, Danny Granger could be the difference between a top-3 and top-6 playoff seed for the Pacers.

Key Players: Danny Granger, Roy Hibbert
Key Additions: Gerald Green
Key Departures: Darren Collison, Leandro Barbosa

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