The Central Division is among the 3 divisions in the Eastern Conference of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
The division consists of five teams, the Chicago Bulls, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Detroit Pistons, the Indiana Pacers and the Milwaukee Bucks. All teams, except that the Cavaliers, are former Midwest Division teams, therefore the Central Division now largely simplifies the Midwest Division in the 1970s.
The division was created at the start of the 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 league realigned itself to two conferences, the Western Conference and the Eastern Conference, with two branches each in every 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 from the Western Section, although the Bullets and the Royals united in the Eastern Division.
The Pistons have won the most Central Section titles with nine. The Bulls have won the second most names . Eleven NBA champions came from the Central Division. The Bulls won six championships, the Pistons won three championships as well as also the Bullets and Cavs won one championship each. All of them, except that the 1977–78 Bullets and also the 2003–04 Pistons, were division champions. From the 2005–06 season, all five teams from the branch qualified for the playoffs. The branch winner is your Cleveland Cavaliers. The Central Division has the most teams which have won an championship, with four out of five teams winning the championship, and the Pacers the sole franchise to not have won.
The Central Division existed for just one season in the 1949–50 year as one of the 3 divisions in the NBA, along with the Western and the Eastern Division. On the flip side, the recent Central Division that was formed at the 1970, is among the 3 divisions in the Eastern Conference, the successor of the Eastern Division.