The Central Division is among the 3 divisions in the Eastern Conference of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
The division includes five teams, the Chicago Bulls, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Detroit Pistons, the Indiana Pacers and the Milwaukee Bucks. All groups, except the Cavaliers, are former Midwest Division teams, therefore the Central Division now mostly simplifies the Midwest Division in the 1970s.
The division was created at the start of this 1970–71 season, Once 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 into 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 in the Western Section, although the Bullets and the Royals united from the Eastern Division.
The Pistons have won the most Central Division titles . The Bulls have won the 2nd most titles . Eleven NBA champions came from the Central Division. The Bulls won six championships, the Pistons won three championships as well as the Bullets and Cavs won one championship each. All of them, except the 1977–78 Bullets along with also the 2003–04 Pistons, were division champions. From 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 most teams which have won an tournament, with four out of five teams winning the tournament, along with the Pacers the only franchise to not have won.
The Central Division existed for one season in the 1949–50 season among the three divisions in the NBA, along with the Western and the Eastern Division. On the flip side, the recent Central Division which was formed in the 1970, is among the three branches in the Eastern Conference, the successor of the Eastern Division.