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June 22, 2008
Draft preview: Central Division

Wednesday: Southwest Division.
Thursday: Atlantic Division.
Friday: Northwest Division.
Saturday: Southeast Division.
Today: Central Division.
Monday: Pacific Division.

Detroit Pistons (59-23 in 2007-08)

Picks: 29, 59.

The promise of change from frustrated personnel boss Joe Dumars won't come via the draft if the Pistons stay at 29. The logical call is for an infusion of young legs at the power positions for a roster that started a pair of 33 year olds, Rasheed Wallace and Antonio McDyess. Even if Detroit defended and rebounded at a high rate, age will soon become a factor.

Cleveland Cavaliers (45-37)

Pick: 19.

They had the scoring champion, LeBron James, and still finished 24th in offense and 28th in shooting. Re-working the perimeter players around James -- Wally Szczerbiak, Delonte West -- needs particular attention.

Center does not, worth remembering as the Cavs pick in the middle of what could be a run on the position. Zydrunas Ilgauskas is 33, but also just had the most rebounds for the best-rebounding team in the league while increasing his scoring average from 2006-07.

Indiana Pacers (36-46)

Picks: 11, 41.

Point guard is a screaming need with a good chance D.J. Augustin will be on the board at 11. (Charlotte could take him at 9.) The other option is to target a ball handler as part of the inevitable Jermaine O'Neal trade talks and go big here since the inside presence in post-O'Neal Indy could be Jeff Foster and Troy Murphy. Come to think of it, that's an unsettling mix even with O'Neal.

Chicago Bulls (33-49)

Picks: 1, 39.

Derrick Rose will give the Bulls a point guard for the future, since they obviously lost trust in Kirk Hinrich, but he doesn't solve the biggest needs: better shooting and interior scoring. If anything, they'll be built more on perimeter play than before.

Milwaukee Bucks (26-56)

Picks: 8, 37.

They're in a good place to address small forward, with a strong likelihood that Joe Alexander or Danilo Gallinari will be available and a chance both will be there. The other pleasing possibility is Eric Gordon dropping a couple spots in a move that would provide the Bucks with a new scoring shooting guard and put them in position to trade Michael Redd to advance the building efforts.

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