The Central Division is one of the 3 divisions in the Eastern Conference of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
The branch consists of five groups, the Chicago Bulls, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Detroit Pistons, the Indiana Pacers and the Milwaukee Bucks. All teams, except the Cavaliers, are former Midwest Division teams, hence the Central Division now mostly resembling the Midwest Division in the 1970s.
The division was created at the start of this 1970—71 season, when the league expanded from 14 to 17 teams with the addition of the Buffalo Braves, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Portland Trail Blazers. The team realigned itself to two conventions, the Western Conference and the Eastern Conference, with two branches each in each conference. The Central Division began with four inaugural members, the Atlanta Hawks, the Baltimore Bullets, the Cincinnati Royals and the Cleveland Cavaliers.  The Hawks joined in the Western Division, although the Bullets and the Royals joined from the Eastern Division.
The Pistons have won the most Central Section titles . The Bulls have won the 2nd most names . Eleven NBA winners came in the Central Division. The Bulls won six championships, the Pistons won three championships and the Bullets and Cavs won one championship each. All of them, except the 1977—78 Bullets and the 2003—04 Pistons, were division champions. In the 2005—06 season, all five teams in the division qualified for the playoffs. The division champion is the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Central Division has the many teams which have won an championship, with four out of five teams winning the championship, along with the Pacers the only franchise never to have won.
The Central Division existed for one season in the 1949—50 season among the 3 branches in the NBA, along with the Western and the Eastern Division. On the flip side, the current Central Division which was shaped at the 1970, is among the three divisions in the Eastern Conference, the successor of the Eastern Division.
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