The best player for each franchise in the Central Division

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Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cavs are entering a league campaign for the first time ever as the reigning NBA champions, and the buzz of their unlikely victory is still being felt around the league.

LeBron James collected the Finals MVP award after leading both teams in points, rebounds, assists, blocks and steals. It just doesn't get more comprehensive than that.

There is little suspense in figuring out who is their best player, but Kyrie Irving played his way into the second spot with his sensational three-point dagger to clinch the series for the Cavaliers against the Warriors.

They are bound to contend once again this year.

Top three: 1) LeBron James 2) Kyrie Irving 3) Kevin Love

Chicago Bulls

The Bulls have had a major restructure this summer and the likes of Pau Gasol, Joakim Noah and Derrick Rose were essentially told 'you had your chance, we're trying something different now'.

Dwayne Wade was the major surprise arrival over the summer, leaving the Miami Heat after 13 years and three NBA titles. Chicago is his hometown, and he is joined in the backcourt by Rajon Rondo, a fellow former NBA champion who has arrived via free agency from the Sacramento Kings.

However, both men have insisted this is Jimmy Butler's team. The shooting guard just won a gold medal with Team USA in Rio and he is legitimately one of the best two-way players in the league on his game.

He might not have meshed too well with Rose, but he is the undoubted leader now.

Top three: 1) Jimmy Butler 2) Dwayne Wade 3) Rajon Rondo

Milwaukee Bucks

The Bucks are a young team headed up by the former triple-double machine, Jason Kidd, and they continue to make strides every season.

The offseason addition of Matthew Dellavedova will provide them with solid options around Michael Carter-Williams and the converted point guard, Giannis Antetokounmpo.

There are not enough good things to say about the Greek Freak. He has unreal athleticism, great mechanics around the basket, good basketball IQ and, most of all, he is only 21-years-old.

He's not only the Bucks' best player, he'll be one of the best players in the whole NBA in years to come.

Top three: 1) Giannis Antetokounmpo 2) Jabari Parker 3) Michael Carter-Williams

Indiana Pacers

As is the case with many middle of the road franchises, they have one standout star that stands head and shoulders above everybody else on the roster.

Paul George is that man. He is the featured player on the NBA 2K17 game, he just recorded a career-season a year after breaking his leg and, like Butler, he too has just won a gold medal in Rio.

At 26-years-old, the small forward is bound to get better and his offensive talents are right up there with the best already. The Pacers have improved their roster with the likes of Al Jefferson, Jeff Teague and Thaddeus Young in the summer, so a better supporting cast should bring out the best in PG-13.

Top three: 1) Paul George 2) Monta Ellis 3) Jeff Teague

Detroit Pistons

Stan Van Gundy has done a fine job in moulding his young Detroit Piston side into an Eastern Conference playoff contender.

Yes, they were swept by the eventual NBA champions, the Cleveland Cavaliers, in the last year's first round, but that was the closest, most hard-fought sweep you will ever see.

Andre Drummond, still only 23, is the cream of the Piston crop. He is the best rebounder in the league and has scary athleticism to go with his 6'11" frame. If his game keeps expanding offensively like it has over the last three years, he could be the most dominant center in the league.

Top three: 1) Andre Drummond 2) Reggie Jackson 3) Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

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