Central Notes: Bucks, Wolters, Pacers

Earlier today, we learned that the Cavaliers are among the clubs already pursuing trades early on in the 2013/14 season.  The Cavs are reportedly under a mandate from owner Dan Gilbert to make the playoffs and they might need some help with Andrew Bynum struggling to get back to full health.  Here’s the latest out of the Central Division..

  • The Bucks have been bitten hard by the injury bug this year and that’s opened up opportunities for rookies Giannis Antetokounmpo and Nate Wolters, writes HoopsWorld’s Steve Kyler.  “We’ve had a lot of injuries, and we still do, so it’s allowed me to get an opportunity to play right away,“ Wolters said. “Most second round picks don’t get to play at all this time of year. So it’s been a good experience. I think it’ll help me moving forward.
  • It has been an enjoyable introduction to the NBA for home-state standout Wolters, writes Truman Reed of NBA.com.  The Bucks guard averaged 32 minutes over his first four pro games while posting averages of 9.8 points and 6.5 assists.
  • Jonathan Tjarks of RealGM looks at the Pacers as a shining example of why focusing on winning and being smart in the draft trumps tanking.  From 2007-2010, Indiana won an average of 35 games and never picked higher than No. 10.  Nevertheless, despite picking behind almost half the NBA in that span, they were able to build a title contender through the draft.

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