Offseason Improvement Rankings: Central Division

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Apr 28, 2013; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders grabs a loose ball in front of Miami Heat forward Shane Battier in game four of the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

  • Milwaukee Bucks 
The Bucks are kind of tanking for the great 2014 draft, but they are doing it badly. They lost J.J. Reddick to the Clippers for a couple second-round picks, switched Monta Ellis and O.J. Mayo with Dallas through free agency and recently traded Brandon Jennings to the Pistons. They signed Carlos Delfino, Gary Neal and Zaza Pachulia. They still have young center Larry Sanders and some other pieces. Like last year they will be in contention for the eighth seed in the weaker and top-heavy Eastern Conference. They will either get swept in the first round like in 2013 or miss out on the playoffs entirely.
So, the Pacers and Bulls are contending for the Eastern Conference championship with the Miami Heat, the Cavaliers and the Pistons both added impact pieces and could both make the postseason, while Milwaukee is a fringe playoff team.
Fortunately for the Suns’ drafting hopes, all these teams will be better than Phoenix this coming season.
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