The Info List - Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cleveland
Cavaliers, often referred to as the Cavs, are an American professional basketball team based in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cavs compete in the National Basketball Association
National Basketball Association
(NBA) as a member of the league's Eastern Conference Central Division. The team began play as an expansion team in 1970, along with the Portland Trail Blazers and Buffalo Braves. Home games were first held at Cleveland Arena from 1970 to 1974, followed by the Richfield Coliseum
Richfield Coliseum
from 1974 to 1994. Since 1994, the Cavs have played home games at Quicken Loans Arena in downtown Cleveland, which is shared with the Cleveland Gladiators of the Arena Football League
Arena Football League
and the Cleveland
Monsters of the American Hockey League. Dan Gilbert has owned the team since March 2005. The Cavaliers opened their inaugural season losing their first 15 games and struggled in their early years, placing no better than sixth in the Eastern Conference during their first five seasons. The team won their first Central Division title in 1976, which also marked the first winning season and playoff appearance in franchise history, where they advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals. The franchise was purchased by Ted Stepien in 1980. Stepien's tenure as owner was marked by six coaching changes, questionable trades and draft decisions, and poor attendance, leading to $15 million in financial losses. The Cavs went 66–180 in that time and endured a 24-game losing streak spanning the 1981–82 and 1982–83 seasons. George and Gordon Gund purchased the franchise in 1983. During the latter half of the 1980s and through much of the 1990s, the Cavs were a regular playoff contender, led by players such as Mark Price and Brad Daugherty, and advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals in 1992. After the team's playoff appearance in 1998, however, the Cavs had six consecutive losing seasons with no playoff action. Cleveland
was awarded with the top overall pick in the 2003 draft, and they selected LeBron James. Behind James and Zydrunas Ilgauskas, the Cavaliers again became a regular playoff contender by 2005. They made their first appearance in the NBA Finals
NBA Finals
in 2007 after winning the first Eastern Conference championship in franchise history. After failing to return to the NBA Finals
NBA Finals
in the ensuing three seasons, James joined the Miami Heat in 2010. As a result, the Cavaliers finished the 2010–11 season last in the conference, enduring a 26-game losing streak that, as of 2017, ranks as the longest in NBA history for a single season and second overall. Between 2010 and 2014, however, the team won the top pick in the NBA draft
NBA draft
lottery three times, first in 2011 where they selected Kyrie Irving, and again in 2013 and 2014. LeBron James
LeBron James
returned to the Cavs in 2014 and led the team to three straight NBA Finals
NBA Finals
appearances. In 2016, the Cavaliers won their first NBA Championship, marking Cleveland's first major sports title since 1964. The 2016 NBA Finals
2016 NBA Finals
victory over the Golden State Warriors marked the first time in Finals history a team had come back to win the series after trailing three games to one. Through the 2016–17 season, the Cavs have made 21 playoff appearances, and won six Central Division titles, four Eastern Conference titles, and one NBA title.


1 History 2 Season-by-season records 3 Rivalries

3.1 Chicago Bulls 3.2 Golden State Warriors

4 Logos and uniforms

4.1 Blue and orange 4.2 Blue, black and orange 4.3 The "new" wine and gold 4.4 The return to original wine and gold 4.5 CavFanatic uniforms 4.6 Nike styles

5 Home arenas 6 Cleveland
Clinic Courts 7 Players

7.1 Current roster 7.2 Retained draft rights 7.3 Cavs Legends 7.4 Hall of Famers 7.5 Curt Gowdy Award winners 7.6 FIBA Hall of Famers

8 Individual records and accomplishments

8.1 Franchise leaders 8.2 Individual awards 8.3 NBA All-Star
NBA All-Star

9 Head coaches 10 Media 11 Mascots 12 References 13 External links

History Main article: History of the Cleveland
Cavaliers The Cavaliers began play in the 1970–71 NBA season as an expansion team. They set losing records in each of their first five seasons before winning their first division title in 1976. That team was led by Austin Carr, Bobby "Bingo" Smith, Jim Chones, Dick Snyder, Nate Thurmond, and head coach Bill Fitch, and was remembered most for the "Miracle at Richfield", in which the Cavaliers defeated the Washington Bullets 4–3 in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. They won Game 7, 87–85, on a shot by Snyder with four seconds to go. The Cavaliers moved on to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time, but were without Chones after he broke his foot in a practice right before the series opener. As a result, the Cavaliers went on to lose 4–2 to the Boston Celtics.[7] They made playoff appearances in the following two seasons before going on a six-year playoff hiatus. The early 1980s were marked by Ted Stepien's ownership, who had a disastrous run as owner and de facto general manager between 1980 and 1983. During Stepien's reign, the Cavaliers made a practice of trading future draft picks for marginal veteran players. His most notable deal sent a 1982 first-round pick to the Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
in exchange for Dan Ford and the 22nd overall pick in 1980. As a result of Stepien's dealings, the NBA introduced the " Ted Stepien Rule", which prohibits teams from trading first-round draft picks in successive seasons.[8] The Cavaliers went 66–180, dropped to the bottom of the league in attendance and lost $15 million during Stepien's three years as the owner.[9] He went through six coaches during that span, including four during the 1981–82 season.[9] The team finished 15–67, and between March and November 1982, the team had a 24-game losing streak—one of the NBA's all-time longest losing streaks. George and Gordon Gund purchased the Cavaliers from Stepien in 1983.[8] The Cavaliers made the playoffs ten times between 1984–85 and 1997–98. In 1988–89, the Cavaliers had their best season to date, finishing the regular season with 57–25 record behind the likes of Brad Daugherty, Mark Price, Ron Harper
Ron Harper
and Larry Nance, and head coach Lenny Wilkens. They had their second 57-win season in 1991–92 and reached the Eastern Conference Finals for just the second time in franchise history. However, between 1998–99 and 2004–05, the Cavaliers failed to make a playoff appearance. The 2002–03 season saw the Cavaliers finish 17–65, tied for the worst record in the NBA.

Cavaliers forward and Akron native LeBron James, who was the first overall pick of the 2003 NBA draft. A perennial NBA All-Star
NBA All-Star
and a four-time NBA MVP
winner, he led the team to its first NBA Finals
NBA Finals
in 2007 and their first championship in 2016.

The Cavaliers' luck changed as they landed the number 1 pick in the 2003 NBA draft. With it, the team selected heralded forward and future NBA MVP
LeBron James, an Akron native who had already risen to national stardom at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School. In 2005, the team would be sold to businessman Dan Gilbert. That year, the team also hired head coach Mike Brown, and a new general manager, former Cavaliers forward Danny Ferry. Over the next few years, the Cavaliers built a team around James and Žydrūnas Ilgauskas
Žydrūnas Ilgauskas
by adding players including Drew Gooden, Larry Hughes, and Anderson Varajao. Under this new leadership, the Cavaliers made it to five straight playoffs from 2006 to 2010, advancing to at least the second round each time. The 2006–07 Cavaliers advanced to the franchise's first NBA Finals, but were swept by the more experienced San Antonio Spurs. The 2008–09 Cavaliers won a franchise record 66 games, including a franchise-best 39–2 record at home, but lost the Eastern Conference Finals in six games to the Orlando Magic. Despite the addition of four-time NBA champion Shaquille O'Neal, the 2009–10 Cavaliers were unable to return to the Eastern Conference Finals after losing to the Boston Celtics in the second round. With the Cavaliers out of the playoffs, the focus turned to James' impending free agency. On July 8, 2010, James announced in a nationally televised one-hour special titled The Decision on ESPN
that he would be signing with the Miami Heat.[10] The repercussions of this announcement left many in the city of Cleveland
infuriated and feeling betrayed. A number of LeBron James
LeBron James
jerseys were burned, and the famous Nike "Witness" mural of James in downtown Cleveland
was immediately taken down. After a 19–win season in 2010–11 (the 42-win difference being the biggest single-season drop in NBA history), the Cavaliers began a rebuild in 2011 with the addition of Kyrie Irving with the first overall pick in the draft. In 2014, James made the decision to return to the Cavaliers after four seasons in Miami. While the Heat had a 224–88 record during James' four-year tenure and won NBA titles in 2012 and 2013, the Cavaliers went 97–215 and finished in last place in their division three times.[11] The Cavaliers made several moves to build a championship-contender around James, most notably acquiring power forward Kevin Love
Kevin Love
from the Minnesota Timberwolves, which created what many fans and media referred to a "Big Three" with James, Love, and Irving. This trio would lead the Cavaliers to three consecutive finals appearances in 2015, 2016 and 2017. In each Finals appearance, they faced the Golden State Warriors. The Cavaliers would lose the 2015 Finals in six games, win the 2016 Finals in seven games, and lose the 2017 Finals in five games. Winning the 2016 NBA Championship marked the Cavaliers' first title in franchise history, as they became the first team to come back from a 3–1 deficit to win the Finals. It was also Cleveland's first championship in major professional sports since the 1964 Browns, signaling the end of the so-called Cleveland
sports curse. Season-by-season records Main article: List of Cleveland
Cavaliers seasons Rivalries Chicago Bulls Main article: Bulls–Cavaliers rivalry Golden State Warriors Main article: Cavaliers–Warriors rivalry Logos and uniforms When the Cleveland
Cavaliers debuted in the NBA in 1970, the team's original jerseys were wine and gold. The first jerseys featured the feathered treatment of the letter C in Cavaliers. In 1974, they changed into the classic block lettering and checkerboard pattern that was synonymous to the 'Miracle of Richfield' teams of 1976. In 1980, the gold shade was changed from yellowish to metallic, and the uniforms removed the checkerboard pattern and placed the stripes above Cleveland
and below the uniform number, the only time the city name was featured in both home and away jerseys. The original logo was that of swashbuckling cavalier looking right with a sword pointing, surrounded by the team name and a basketball. A modernized swashbuckling cavalier logo was later used by the Cavaliers' NBA Development League
NBA Development League
affiliates, the Canton Charge. The gold checkerboard uniforms were used as throwbacks in the 2004–05 season to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the 'Miracle of Richfield' team, while the gold 'Feathered C' uniforms were used again in the 2008–09 season, as a buildup to the then-upcoming 40th season of the Cavaliers. The 'Miracle of Richfield' gold uniforms were used again in the 2015–16 season on special "Hardwood Classic" nights to commemorate the Miracle of Richfield teams's 40th anniversary celebration. Blue and orange In the 1983–84 season, the colors were changed to burnt orange, blue and white. The first Cavaliers uniform under the new scheme featured the Cavaliers logo (with a V in the shape of a hoop and circle above as basketball) in an arched pattern and the player name sewn onto the back shoulder as a patch, with orange being the primary color in both the away and home uniforms. However, in the 1987–88 season, orange was relegated as a secondary color, and blue was used instead as the primary for the away and home uniforms; minor changes in the 1989–90 season include the city name on the blue away uniforms. The drop shadows were also removed. The orange version of the uniform was used again in the 2006–07 and 2016–17 seasons, as part of the respective 20th and 30th anniversaries of the 1986–87 team.[12] The blue versions were worn in the 2009–10 season as part of the franchise's 40th anniversary and as a tribute to the 1988–89 team. Blue, black and orange Coinciding with the move to Gund Arena in the 1994–95 season, the Cavaliers changed logos and uniforms, adding black in addition to the already existing blue, orange and white colors. The uniforms feature a blue splash in the abdomen area in front. From 1994 to 1997 the word 'CAVS' on the home uniforms was orange with black line, while the numbers are in black with white line, while 'CLEVELAND' on the road uniforms was also orange with black lines, while the numbers are in white with a black line. From 1997 to 1999 the numbers and lettering were slightly tweaked. The word 'CAVS' and the numbers on the home uniforms are in black with orange lines, while the word 'CLEVELAND' and the numbers on the road uniforms are in white with orange lines. In the latter iteration, the blue splash was moved from the right leg to the left leg, surrounding 'CLEVELAND' on the home uniforms and 'CAVS' on the road uniforms, with a minor change in striping. In the 1999–2000 season, the Cavaliers opted to go for a cleaner look, eliminating the splash and adding an orange and blue line that runs through the shorts. The home jerseys feature the team nickname and the uniform numbers are in blue with black lines, while on the away jerseys, they feature the city name and the uniform numbers in white with blue lines. They were used until the 2002–03 season. The logo used in this period was of a basketball on its way down the net, surrounded by a black square and the word 'CAVS' in blue with black line below. The "new" wine and gold

LeBron James
LeBron James
wearing the 2005–2010 blue alternate uniform.

The Cavaliers switched to a modified version of the team's classic wine and gold scheme in the 2003–04 season (metallic gold and crimson shade of wine), with navy blue added to the color scheme. The home uniform was white, with the word "Cavaliers" in wine lettering with gold trim on the front, the player's name in wine lettering with gold trim on the back, the player's numbers in navy blue, and wine and gold trim on the sides. The team's standard road uniform was wine-colored, with the word "Cleveland", the player's name, and the player's numbers all in white lettering with gold trim, as well as white and gold trim on the sides.The team's third/alternate uniform was navy blue with the word "Cleveland", the player's name, and the player's numbers all in white lettering with gold trim, as well as a wine, gold, and navy blue checkerboard trim. The checkerboard trim was a tribute to the original Cavaliers uniforms from the 1970s. The logo used was a gold sword piercing to the words ' Cleveland
Cavaliers' in white and navy trim, with a wine basketball surrounding it. The return to original wine and gold

The current secondary logo for the Cleveland

The current wordmark logo for the Cleveland

The Cavaliers debuted new uniforms before the start of the 2010–11 NBA season, to coincide with the team returning to the original shades of wine and gold used from 1970 to 1983.[13] The home uniform is white with a wine and gold horizontal stripe trim on the collar, sleeves, waistband, and pant legs, "Cavaliers" (in block style lettering) in wine on the front of the jersey, with wine lettering for the name and number, and white shoes and socks. The road uniform is wine colored with the same stripe trim, "Cleveland" in gold on the front of the jersey, and gold lettering on the name and number, with black shoes and socks. An alternate third uniform was added for the 2012–13 season, which is gold with "CAVS" in wine on the front of the jersey, wine lettering on the name and number, white socks and shoes, and the same stripe trim as the other uniforms.[14] All uniforms have the team motto "All For One, One for All" stitched on the inside of the collar, and the secondary "Sword C" logo on the side of the pant legs. The logo used is the same piercing sword logo, updated to the classic wine and gold scheme. For the 2014–15 season, a second alternate uniform (and fourth uniform overall) was added, which is navy blue (a callback to the 1987–94 style) with "CAVS" and the player's number in wine with gold trim, the player's name on the back of the jersey in gold, and the "Sword C" logo on the side of the pant legs.[15] Two alternate jerseys were unveiled prior to the start of the 2015–16 season.[16] The second wine uniform is similar to their regular road threads, except that it features the arched mid-1980s Cavs logo and white numerals in gold trim. A black sleeved uniform features the wine 'C' logo in front, and was famously worn in the title-clinching Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals.[17][18] Their new logos for the 2017–18 season newly include the color black to commemorate the victory.[19][20] CavFanatic uniforms From the 2008–09 to the 2011–12 seasons, the Cavaliers wore special "mash-up" uniforms (combining the style from one era with the color scheme of another) on select "Cavs Fanatic" Nights.

2008–09: the team wore the original "Feathered C" uniforms but with the 1994–2003 shade of blue combined with the classic wine and gold shade. 2009–10: the team wore their 1987–89 uniforms, but in the classic wine and gold from the 'Miracle of Richfield' era. 2010–11: the team wore the 2005–10 checkerboard alternate uniforms, but in the 1994–2003 color scheme of blue, black and orange. 2011–12: the team wore navy uniforms with wine and gold lettering; these are similar to their current navy alternates but with a different jersey and shorts striping.

Nike styles Beginning in the 2017–18 season, all NBA teams will wear Nike-designed white "Association" uniforms and "Icon" uniforms in the respective team's primary color. For the Cavs, their Icon uniforms will be wine colored with "Cleveland" across the front and the player's name in gold lettering with black numerals both in the front and in the back. The white Association uniforms will have "Cavs" across the front, with wine color letters and numbers both front and back. All teams have the choice of which uniform to wear for any home game. Also new will be a small Goodyear wingfoot logo on the Cavs uniforms, as part of a sponsorship deal with the team.[21][22] Nike also announced that each team will have a third, alternate uniform called the "Statement" uniform for the 2017–18 season. The Cavaliers' Statement uniform will be black with dark gray pinstripes, a wine colored "C" trimmed in gold on the front, names in gold letters on the back, wine colored/gold trimmed numbers on the front and back, and gold colored Nike and Goodyear logos on the front. The black uniform is a nod to the team's former black sleeved jerseys that they wore when they won Game 7 in the 2016 Finals.[23] Late in 2017, Nike unveiled a fourth uniform design for the Cavs called the "City Edition", which honors the city of Cleveland
as well as the state of Ohio. This uniform is grey with dark grey trim, "The Land" (a popular Cleveland
nickname) across the front of the uniform in white letters trimmed in dark grey and gold (as is the number on the front of the jersey), with the player's name and number in white lettering on the back. The "City Edition" also features a special design going down the sides of the uniform that is a tribute to the Guardians of Transportation (part of the Hope Memorial Bridge
Hope Memorial Bridge
in downtown Cleveland). Outlines of the state of Ohio
and a small Ohio flag are also part of the uniform.[24] Home arenas

Scene of the 2017–18 season opener in Quicken Loans Arena

Arena (1970–1974) Richfield Coliseum
Richfield Coliseum
(1974–1994) Quicken Loans Arena
Quicken Loans Arena

Clinic Courts Cleveland
Clinic Courts, the team's practice facility and team headquarters, is located in suburban Independence, Ohio. The 50,000-square-foot (4,600 m2) building opened in 2007 and includes two full-size basketball courts, weight room, team room, offices, medical facilities, and kitchen and dining facilities. Naming rights are held by the Cleveland
Clinic, which is the team's official healthcare partner. Prior to the opening of Cleveland
Clinic Courts, the team used the practice court located on the club level of Quicken Loans Arena.[25][26][27] In honor of the Cavs winning the NBA Championship, the city of Independence renamed the section of Brecksville Road leading to the team's practice facility "Cavaliers Way" in November 2016.[28] Players Further information: Cleveland
Cavaliers all-time roster Current roster

Cavaliers roster

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Players Coaches

Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From

1.5 !G 7001810000000000000♠81 Calderón, José 7000190500000000000♠6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1981–09–28 Spain

1.5 !G 7000800000000000000♠8 Clarkson, Jordan 7000195580000000000♠6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 194 lb (88 kg) 1992–06–07 Missouri

4.0 !F 7001320000000000000♠32 Green, Jeff 7000205740000000000♠6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 1986–08–28 Georgetown

1.5 !G 7000300000000000000♠3 Hill, George 7000190500000000000♠6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 188 lb (85 kg) 1986–05–04 IUPUI

2.5 !G/F 7001100000000000000♠10 Holland, John (TW) 7000195580000000000♠6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1988–11–06 Boston University

4.0 !F 7000100000000000000♠1 Hood, Rodney 7000203200000000000♠6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 206 lb (93 kg) 1992–10–20 Duke

2.5 !G/F 7001230000000000000♠23 James, LeBron (C) 7000203200000000000♠6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 250 lb (113 kg) 1984–12–30 St. Vincent–St. Mary HS (OH)

1.5 !G 7001260000000000000♠26 Korver, Kyle 7000200659999999999♠6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 212 lb (96 kg) 1981–03–17 Creighton

5.5 !F/C 5000000000000000000♠0 Love, Kevin (C) 7000208279999999999♠6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 251 lb (114 kg) 1988–09–07 UCLA

4.0 !F 7001220000000000000♠22 Nance Jr., Larry 7000205740000000000♠6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1993–01–01 Wyoming

4.0 !F 7001160000000000000♠16 Osman, Cedi 7000203200000000000♠6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1995–04–08 Turkey

1.5 !G 7001150000000000000♠15 Perrantes, London (TW) 7000187960000000000♠6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1994–10–03 Virginia

2.5 !G/F 7000500000000000000♠5 Smith, J. R. 7000198120000000000♠6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1985–09–09 Saint Benedict's Prep (NJ)

5.5 !F/C 7001130000000000000♠13 Thompson, Tristan 7000205740000000000♠6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 238 lb (108 kg) 1991–03–13 Texas

4.0 !F 7000900000000000000♠9 White, Okaro 7000203200000000000♠6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1992–08–13 Florida State

5.5 !F/C 7001410000000000000♠41 Žižić, Ante 7000210820000000000♠6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 250 lb (113 kg) 1997–01–04 Croatia

Head coach

Tyronn Lue

Assistant coach(es)

Larry Drew
Larry Drew
(Assoc. HC) Jim Boylan Phil Handy Damon Jones Mike Longabardi James Posey Vitaly Potapenko


(C) Team captain (DP) Unsigned draft pick (FA) Free agent (S) Suspended (GL) On assignment to G League affiliate (TW) Two-way affiliate player Injured

Roster • Transactions Last transaction: 2018-02-08

Retained draft rights The Cavaliers hold the draft rights to the following unsigned draft picks who have been playing outside the NBA. A drafted player, either an international draftee or a college draftee who is not signed by the team that drafted him, is allowed to sign with any non-NBA teams. In this case, the team retains the player's draft rights in the NBA until one year after the player's contract with the non-NBA team ends.[29] This list includes draft rights that were acquired from trades with other teams.

Draft Round Pick Player Pos. Nationality Current team Note(s) Ref

2015 2 47 Gudaitis, ArtūrasArtūras Gudaitis F/C  Lithuania Olimpia Milano (Italy) Acquired from the Sacramento Kings [30]

2015 2 53 Pointer, Sir'DominicSir'Dominic Pointer G/F  United States Hapoel Eilat (Israel)


2012 2 57 Karaman, İlkanİlkan Karaman F  Turkey Beşiktaş Sompo Japan (Turkey) Acquired from the Brooklyn Nets [32]

2011 2 54 Mačvan, MilanMilan Mačvan F  Serbia Bayern Munich (Germany)


2011 2 56 Maduabum, ChukwudiebereChukwudiebere Maduabum F/C  Nigeria Kagoshima Rebnise
Kagoshima Rebnise
(Japan) Acquired from the Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
(via Denver and Philadelphia) [34]

2009 2 49 Gladyr, SergiySergiy Gladyr G  Ukraine AS Monaco (France) Acquired from the Atlanta Hawks

2006 2 48 Veremeenko, VladimirVladimir Veremeenko F  Belarus Brose Bamberg
Brose Bamberg
(Germany) Acquired from the Washington Wizards
Washington Wizards
(via Chicago) [35]

2006 2 55 Ugboaja, EjikeEjike Ugboaja F  Nigeria Free agent


2006 2 56 Bavčić, EdinEdin Bavčić F  Bosnia and Herzegovina Apollon Patras (Greece) Acquired from the Toronto Raptors
Toronto Raptors
(via Philadelphia, New Orleans and Brooklyn) [32]

Cavs Legends The following is a list of past Cavaliers players and other personnel who have been honored as "Cavs Legends" either by retiring their number or having commemorative banners placed in the rafters at Quicken Loans Arena.[37][38][39]

Retired numbers

No. Name Position Tenure Date

7 Bobby "Bingo" Smith G/F 1970–1979 December 4, 1979

11 Zydrunas Ilgauskas C 1996–2010 March 8, 2014[40]

22 1 Larry Nance F/C 1988–1994 January 30, 1995

25 Mark Price G 1986–1995 November 13, 1999

34 Austin Carr G 1971–1980 January 3, 1981

42 Nate Thurmond C 1975–1977 December 18, 1977

43 Brad Daugherty C 1986–1994 March 1, 1997

Other honored personnel

Insignia Name Role Tenure Date

Joe Tait Broadcaster 1970–1981 1983–2011 April 8, 2011


1 A special arrangement was made in 2018, which allowed Larry Nance Jr. to wear no. 22 jersey in honor of his father.[41]

Hall of Famers The following is a list of players and other personnel who have spent at least part of their careers with the Cavaliers that have been inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball
Hall of Fame.

Cavaliers Hall of Famers


No. Name Position Tenure Inducted

42 Nate Thurmond F/C 1975–1977 1985

11 Walt Frazier G 1977–1980 1987

19 Lenny Wilkens
Lenny Wilkens
1 G 1972–1974 1989

33 Shaquille O'Neal C 2009–2010 2016


Name Position Tenure Inducted

Chuck Daly
Chuck Daly
2 Head coach 1981–1982 1994

Lenny Wilkens
Lenny Wilkens
1 Head coach 1986–1993 1998


Name Position Tenure Inducted

Wayne Embry
Wayne Embry
3 General manager 1986–1999 1999


1 In total, Wilkens was inducted into the Hall of Fame three times – as player, as coach and as a member of the 1992 Olympic team. 2 In total, Daly was inducted into the Hall of Fame twice – as a coach, and as a member of the 1992 Olympic team. 3 Never played for the Cavaliers. Inducted as contributor for being the first African American
African American
to manage a team in NBA.

Curt Gowdy Award winners

Former longtime Cavs broadcaster Joe Tait, who won the Curt Gowdy Award in 2010.

Joe Tait
Joe Tait
– 2010 (team announcer 1970–1981; 1983–2011)

FIBA Hall of Famers

Cavaliers Hall of Famers


No. Name Position Tenure Inducted

33 Shaquille O'Neal C 2009–2010 2017

Individual records and accomplishments Franchise leaders Bold denotes still active with team. Italic denotes still active but not with team. Points scored (regular season – as of the end of the 2016–17 season)[42]

LeBron James
LeBron James
(20,868) Zydrunas Ilgauskas
Zydrunas Ilgauskas
(10,616) Brad Daugherty (10,389) Austin Carr
Austin Carr
(10,265) Mark Price (9,543) Bingo Smith (9,513) Hot Rod Williams (8,504) Kyrie Irving
Kyrie Irving
(8,232) Larry Nance (7,257) Campy Russell
Campy Russell
(6,588) World B. Free
World B. Free
(6,329) Terrell Brandon (5,793) Jim Chones (5,729) Danny Ferry (5,643) Mike Mitchell (5,217) Craig Ehlo (5,103) Phil Hubbard (4,962) Anderson Varejão
Anderson Varejão
(4,485) Ron Harper
Ron Harper
(4,433) Tristan Thompson
Tristan Thompson

Other statistics (regular season) (as of April 18, 2017)[42]

Most minutes played

Player Minutes

LeBron James 30,104

Zydrunas Ilgauskas 21,820

Hot Rod Williams 20,802

Brad Daugherty 20,029

Bingo Smith 19,221

Austin Carr 19,003

Mark Price 18,127

Danny Ferry 15,045

Larry Nance 14,966

Anderson Varejao 14,773

Most rebounds

Player Rebounds

Zydrunas Ilgauskas 5,904

LeBron James 5,482

Brad Daugherty 5,227

Hot Rod Williams 4,669

Anderson Varejão 4,434

Tristan Thompson 4,029

Jim Chones 3,790

Larry Nance 3,561

Jim Brewer 3,551

Bingo Smith 3,057

Most assists

Player Assists

LeBron James 5,481

Mark Price 4,206

John Bagley 2,311

Terrell Brandon 2,235

Foots Walker 2,115

Kyrie Irving 2,114

Brad Daugherty 2,028

Andre Miller 2,015

Austin Carr 1,820

Craig Ehlo 1,803

Most steals

Player Steals

LeBron James 1,260

Mark Price 734

Foots Walker 722

Craig Ehlo 661

Terrell Brandon 621

Hot Rod Williams 587

Ron Harper 530

Anderson Varejão 529

Kyrie Irving 504

John Bagley 474

Most blocks

Player Blocks

Zydrunas Ilgauskas 1,269

Hot Rod Williams 1,200

Larry Nance 1,087

LeBron James 624

Jim Chones 450

Roy Hinson 430

Brad Daugherty 397

Anderson Varejão 397

Tristan Thompson 364

Jim Brewer 353

Most three-pointers made

Player 3-pointers made

LeBron James 1,102

Mark Price 802

Kyrie Irving 723

Daniel Gibson 578

Wesley Person 550

Danny Ferry 543

Kevin Love 447

J.R. Smith 430

Mo Williams 414

Craig Ehlo 381

Individual awards

NBA Most Valuable Player

LeBron James – 2009, 2010

NBA Rookie of the Year

LeBron James – 2004 Kyrie Irving – 2012

NBA Coach of the Year

Bill Fitch – 1976 Mike Brown – 2009

NBA Executive of the Year

Wayne Embry – 1992, 1998

NBA Sportsmanship Award

Terrell Brandon – 1997

J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award

Austin Carr – 1980 Eric Snow – 2005 Luol Deng – 2014 LeBron James – 2017

NBA Finals
NBA Finals
Most Valuable Player

LeBron James – 2016

NBA All-Rookie First Team

Austin Carr – 1972 Dwight Davis – 1973 Brad Daugherty – 1987 Ron Harper – 1987 John Williams – 1987 Zydrunas Ilgauskas – 1998 Brevin Knight – 1998 Andre Miller – 2000 LeBron James – 2004 Kyrie Irving – 2012 Dion Waiters – 2013

NBA All-Rookie Second Team

Terrell Brandon – 1992 Derek Anderson – 1998 Cedric Henderson – 1998 Chris Mihm – 2001 Carlos Boozer – 2003 Tristan Thompson – 2012 Tyler Zeller – 2013

All-NBA First Team

Mark Price – 1993 LeBron James – 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2015, 2016, 2017

All-NBA Second Team

LeBron James – 2005, 2007

All-NBA Third Team

Mark Price – 1989, 1992, 1994 Brad Daugherty – 1992 Kyrie Irving – 2015

NBA All-Defensive First Team

Larry Nance – 1989 LeBron James – 2009, 2010

NBA All-Defensive Second Team

Jim Brewer – 1976, 1977 Jim Cleamons – 1976 Larry Nance – 1992, 1993 Bobby Phills – 1996 Anderson Varejão – 2010

NBA All-Star
NBA All-Star

NBA All-Star
NBA All-Star

John Johnson – 1971, 1972 Butch Beard – 1972 Austin Carr – 1974 Campy Russell – 1979 Mike Mitchell – 1981 Brad Daugherty – 1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993 Larry Nance – 1989, 1993 Mark Price – 1989, 1992, 1993, 1994 Tyrone Hill – 1995 Terrell Brandon – 1996, 1997 Shawn Kemp – 1998* Žydrūnas Ilgauskas – 2003, 2005 LeBron James – 2005*, 2006*, 2007*, 2008*, 2009*, 2010*, 2015*, 2016*, 2017*, 2018* Mo Williams – 2009 Kyrie Irving – 2013, 2014*, 2015, 2017* Kevin Love – 2017, 2018

* Starter NBA All-Star
NBA All-Star
Game head coaches

Lenny Wilkens – 1989 Mike Brown – 2009 Tyronn Lue – 2016

NBA All-Star
NBA All-Star
Game MVP

LeBron James – 2006, 2008, 2018 Kyrie Irving – 2014

Three-point Shootout

Mark Price – 1988 (5th), 1990 (7th), 1993 (1st), 1994 (1st), 1995 (3rd) Craig Ehlo – 1990 (5th), 1992 (6th) Wesley Person – 2002 (2nd) Damon Jones – 2007 (5th) Daniel Gibson – 2008 (2nd), 2011 (5th) Kyrie Irving – 2013 (1st), 2014 (4th), 2015 (2nd), 2017 (2nd)

Slam Dunk Contest

Roy Hinson – 1986 (7th) Ron Harper – 1987 (5th), 1989 (7th) Bob Sura – 1997 (5th) Larry Nance Jr. – 2018 (2nd)

Skills Challenge

LeBron James – 2006 (2nd), 2007 (3rd) Mo Williams – 2009 (3rd) Kyrie Irving – 2012 (7th)

Rookie/Rising Stars Challenge

Chris Mills – 1994 Bob Sura – 1996 Vitaly Potapenko – 1997 Žydrūnas Ilgauskas – 1998 Brevin Knight – 1998 Cedric Henderson – 1998 Derek Anderson – 1998 (DNP) Andre Miller – 2000 (Rookie), 2001 (Sophomore) Chris Mihm – 2002 (Sophomore) Carlos Boozer – 2003 (Rookie), 2004 (Sophomore) Dajuan Wagner – 2003 (Rookie) LeBron James – 2004 (Rookie), 2005 (Sophomore) Daniel Gibson – 2008 (Sophomore) Kyrie Irving
Kyrie Irving
 – 2012 (Rookie), 2013 (Sophomore) Tristan Thompson – 2012 (Rookie), 2013 (Sophomore) Dion Waiters – 2013 (Rookie), 2014 (Sophomore) Tyler Zeller – 2013 (Rookie) Matthew Dellavedova – 2015 (World)

Rookie/ Rising Stars Challenge
Rising Stars Challenge

Žydrūnas Ilgauskas – 1998 Daniel Gibson – 2008 (Sophomore) Kyrie Irving
Kyrie Irving
 – 2012 (Rookie)

Two Ball Contest

Wesley Person with Michelle Edwards – 1998 (7th) Trajan Langdon
Trajan Langdon
with Eva Nemcova – 2001 (2nd)

Head coaches Main article: List of Cleveland
Cavaliers head coaches Media Further information: List of Cleveland
Cavaliers broadcasters and Cleveland
Cavaliers Radio Network

Cavaliers TV announcers Austin Carr
Austin Carr
(left) and Fred McLeod (right)

(1100 AM) and WMMS
(100.7 FM) currently serve as the flagship stations for the Cavaliers Radio Network.[43] John Michael (play by play) and former Cavaliers star Jim Chones (analyst) are the radio team, with WTAM
morning co-host/sports director Mike Snyder hosting the pregame/halftime/postgame shows. Either Chones (home games) or former Ohio State
Ohio State
standout and NBA player Brad Sellers (road games) will join Snyder for the postgame show. WLFM-LP
(87.7 FM) serves as the Spanish-language radio home of the Cavaliers, with the 2014–15 season marking the first time the Cavaliers have been broadcast in a second language. Rafael Hernández Brito serves as the Spanish language play-by-play announcer, as well as hosting pregame and postgame shows.[44] The Cavaliers air on Fox Sports Ohio, with select games simulcast on WUAB
(TV channel 43).[45] The broadcast team includes play-by-play announcer Fred McLeod; analyst Austin Carr, a former Cavalier; and sideline reporter Allie Clifton. Jeff Phelps and former Cavalier Campy Russell host the pregame, halftime, and postgame shows.[45] Mascots

Current mascots Sir C.C. (left) and Moondog (right)

Mid 1990s/early 2000s-era mascot Whammer

The Cavaliers have two official mascots, Moondog and Sir C.C. The character has a unique connection not just to the team, but to the city and surrounding area. Cleveland
is known worldwide as the rock and roll city, due to Cleveland
radio disc jockey Alan Freed, who popularized the phrase "rock and roll", breaking new ground and sparking a music explosion. Freed called himself the "Moondog", and his listeners were "Moondoggers". When the Cavaliers looked to create a new mascot which represents the city, Moondog was a natural selection. Moondog was an NBA All-Star
NBA All-Star
selection in 2003 and 2004. His first appearance was on November 5, 2003. Sir C.C., a swashbuckler character, debuted during a game on November 27, 2010.[46] During the 1990s and early 2000s, the Cavs had a polar bear mascot named Whammer, who was introduced November 9, 1995. He still makes occasional appearances throughout the season at Cavaliers games. References

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