Derek Rose and Joakim Noah will look to led the Bulls to their first Central Division title since the Scottie Pippen era.
This time of year most sports fans and ticket brokers alike have their focus set on College and NFL football. However, both the NBA and NHL are gearing up for the start of the 2010-11 seasons and now is when you should be paying attention to what is going on in these sports and getting ahead of the game. In the next few days we will break down each division in both the NBA and NHL and not only rank the teams by expected finish but also in the level of ticket demand they generate.
In the first installment of our 6 part series, we will be breaking down the NBA Eastern Conference Central Division. Perhaps no other Division in the NBA was as shaken up by Lebron-gate as the NBA Central. With Lebron and the Cavs out of the way, Derek Rose and the Chicago Bulls are the heavy favorites.
#1. Chicago Bulls
Additions: Carlos Boozer, Kyle Korver, Ronnie Brewer
Subtractions: Brad Miller, Kirk Hinrich
Overview: The Chicago Bulls have been a young upcoming team for the past couple of years but have failed to go deep into the playoffs. The addition of Carlos Boozer to a mix of young superstars like Derek Rose and Joakim Noah make the Bulls a legitimate contender to go to the NBA Eastern Conference Finals. New head coach and defensive guru Tom Thibodeau will be looking to a young Bulls team to take the next step forward. While they may not have the talent to contend with Boston or Miami, without Lebron James and the Cavs in the way, the Bulls should coast to a Central Division title.
Ticket Demand: A
The Chicago Bulls are in one of the largest markets, have a playoff caliber team, and have a young budding superstar in Derek Rose. Chicago Bulls tickets should be in constant demand throughout the season.
#2. Milwaukee Bucks
Additions: Corey Maggette, Drew Gooden, Larry Sanders, Chris Douglas-Roberts
Subtractions: Charlie Bell, Luke Ridnour, Dan Gadzuric
Overview: The Milwaukee Bucks are another young exciting team and the addition of solid veterans in Corey Maggette and Drew Gooden should only make them better. If Andrew Bogut and Brandon Jennings can develop under Scott Skiles, the Bucks could end up surprising a lot of people. Although they are unlikely to challenge the Bulls in the Central, expect the bucks to be a bubble playoff team.
Ticket Demand: B-
The Milwaukee Bucks are in a smaller market but do have a playoff caliber team that should generate some interest. Without a legit superstar, solid ticket demand will only occur against premium teams like the Lakers, Heat, Celtics, and the rival Chicago Bulls.
#3. Cleveland Cavaliers
Additions: No one worth mentioning
Subtractions: Lebron James, Delonte West, Zydrunas IIgauskas, Sebastian Telfair, Shaquille O’Neal.
Overview: Without Lebron James the Cleveland Cavs certainly take a major step backwards. However, the Cavs still have a solid core that includes Anderson Varejao, Antawn Jamison, and Mo Williams. It’s probably safe to say that the Cavs won’t be contending for any NBA titles soon but they still could be a bubble playoff team.
Ticket Demand: C-
The Cleveland Cavaliers are in a small market, lack any marketable superstars. However they could have a playoff caliber team and games against the Miami Heat will certainly draw HUGE crowds of angry fans.
#4. Detroit Pistons
Additions: Tracy McGrady
Subtractions: No one worth mentioning
Overview: The Pistons certainly aren’t the team they once were just a few years ago but they do still have Ben Wallace, Tayshaun Prince, and Rip Hamilton still in place. If Tracy McGrady can find some gas left in the tank and Ben Gordon can turn things around they could be a surprisingly good team.
Ticket Demand: D
Piston tickets will likely be hard to give away. The Detroit Pistons are in a small market with a terrible economy, lack any marketable superstars, and are in a decline. If the team is healthy and Tracy McGrady returns as a superstar, ticket interest may increase slightly.
#5 Indiana Pacers
Additions: Darren Collison, Lance Stephenson, Paul George, James Posey
Subtractions: Troy Murphy, Earl Watson
Overview: About the only thing the Pacers have going for them is Larry Bird and Tyler Hansbrough. Unfortunately neither of them can do much to save the Pacers from the NBA cellar. With a starting lineup that is likely to include Roy Hibbert, Josh McRoberts, Danny Granger, Mike Dunleavy, and Darren Collison it’s hard to find much room for optimism.
Ticket Demand: D-
Another small market with a crappy team and no superstar attraction will provide very little fan interest.
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