The Central Division is among the three divisions in the Eastern Conference of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
The division includes five groups, the Chicago Bulls, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Detroit Pistons, the Indiana Pacers and the Milwaukee Bucks. All groups, except that the Cavaliers, are former Midwest Division teams, hence the Central Division now mostly simplifies the Midwest Division in the 1970s.
The branch Was Made at the start of this 1970–71 season, when the league expanded from 14 to 17 teams with the inclusion of the Buffalo Braves, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Portland Trail Blazers. The team realigned itself into two conferences, the Western Conference and the Eastern Conference, with two divisions each in each conference. The Central Division started with four inaugural members, the Atlanta Hawks, the Baltimore Bullets, the Cincinnati Royals and the Cleveland Cavaliers.  The Hawks joined from the Western Division, while the Bullets and the Royals united from the Eastern Division.
The Pistons have won the most Central Division titles with nine. The Bulls have won the second most titles . Eleven NBA winners came in the Central Division. The Bulls won six championships, the Pistons won three championships and the Bullets and Cavs won a single championship each. All of these, except the 1977–78 Bullets and also the 2003–04 Pistons, were division winners. In the 2005–06 season, all five teams in the branch qualified for the playoffs. The latest branch winner is the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Central Division has the many teams that have won an tournament, with four out of five teams winning the tournament, along with the Pacers the sole franchise to not have won.
The Central Division existed for just one season from the 1949–50 year among the 3 branches in the NBA, along with the Western and the Eastern Division. On the flip side, the recent Central Division that was formed in the 1970, is among the 3 branches in the Eastern Conference, the successor of the Eastern Division.