Cavaliers Draft Resume (Continued)
1995 College Draft 2000 College Draft
Rd. Pick Player College Rd. Pick Player College
1. 17 Bob Sura Florida State 1. 8 Jamal Crawford Michigan
2. 39 Donny Marshall Connecticut 2001 College Draft
1996 College Draft 1. 8 DeSagana Diop Oak Hill Academy HS
1. 12 Vitaly Potapenko Wright State 1. 20 Brendan Haywood North Carolina
1. 20 Zydrunas Ilgauskas Lithuania 2. 36 Jeff Trepagnier Southern California
2. 56 Reggie Geary Arizona 2002 College Draft
1997 College Draft 1. 6 Dajuan Wagner Memphis
1. 13 Derek Anderson Kentucky 2. 35 Carlos Boozer Duke
1. 16 Brevin Knight Stanford 2003 College Draft
2. 45 Cedric Henderson Memphis 1. 1 LeBron James St. Vincent-St. Mary HS
1998 College Draft 2. 30 Jason Kapono UCLA
2. 48 Ryan Stack South Carolina 2004 College Draft
1999 College Draft 1. 10 Luke Jackson Oregon
1. 8 Andre Miller Utah 2005 College Draft
1. 11 Trajan Langdon Duke No Selections
2. 39 A.J. Bramlett Arizona
2005 College Draft
1. 25 Shannon Brown Michigan State
2. 42 Daniel Gibson Texas
2. 55 Ejike Ugboaja Nigeria
Zydrunas Ilgauskas was the 20th overall pick by the Cavaliers in the 1996 NBA
Cavaliers All-Time Retired Jerseys
Nate Thurmond 42 12/18/77
Bingo Smith 7 12/4/79
Austin Carr 34 1/3/81
Larry Nance 22 1/30/95
Brad Daugherty 43 3/1/97
Mark Price 25 11/13/99
Cavalier Uniform Numbers
0 Tony Campbell 19 29 Steve Hayes
Lari Ketner Dan Majerle Lenny Wilkens Mike Wilks Geff Crompton
Jeff McInnis Litterial Green Damon Jones 30 Mark West
00 10 20 Larry Mikan Etdrick Bohannon
Milos Babic Joe Cooke Campy Russell Jackie Ridgle Bruno Sundov
Benoit Benjamin Dick Snyder Chad Kinch Ed Jordan 42*
1 Walt Frazier Geoff Huston Mike Mitchell Nate Thurmond
Ken Higgs Ron Brewer Scooter McCray David Magley Dwight Davis
Darnell Valentine Stewart Granger Winston Bennett Dell Curry 43*
Terrell Brandon Robert Smith Greg Graham Tree Rollins Brad Daugherty
Wesley Person Butch Graves Johnny Newman Jerome Lane Earl Tatum
Carlos Boozer John Battle Larry Robinson Greg Dreiling 44
Stephen Graham Ryan Stack Bryant Stith Darryl Johnson Walt Wesley
2 Anthony Johnson Eric Snow Carl Thomas Luke Witte
Mo Howard Milt Palacio 21 Lamond Murray Kim Hughes
Reggie Williams 11 Johnny Egan 31 Reggie Johnson
Mike Woodson John Warren Butch Beard Richard Washington Paul Mokeski
Reggie Geary Walt Frazier Campy Russell Randolph Keys Edgar Jones
Scott Brooks Willie Smith Mack Calvin Fred Roberts Michael Cage
Mark Bryant Cliff Robinson Roger Phegley J.R. Reid Shawnelle Scott
Jim Jackson Kevin Johnson World B. Free Ricky Davis Corie Blount
Dajuan Wagner Mike Sanders Gerald Wilkins Zendon Hamilton Jiri Welsch
Flip Murray Terrell Brandon Antonio Lang 32 Alan Henderson
3 John Crotty Trajan Langdon John Warren 45
Elmore Smith Zydrunas Ilgauskas Darius Miles John Johnson Luther Rackley
Ennis Whatley 12 22* Kenny Carr Bob Rule
Eddie Johnson Kevin Williams Larry Nance Roy Hinson Jeff Cook
Craig Ehlo Kevin Henderson Cliff Anderson Johnny Rogers Cedric Henderson
Bob Sura Gerald Madkins Austin Carr Henry James 47
Jeff Trepagnier Elmer Bennett Jim Chones Tyrone Hill A.J. Bramlett
Tierre Brown Brevin Knight Carl Nicks Pete Chilcutt Scott Williams
J.R. Bremer Bimbo Coles Mike Wilson Chris Gatling 50
Sasha Pavlovic Lucious Harris Johnny Newman Jelani McCoy Len Chappell
4 Kevin Ollie Chris Dudley Robert Traylor Steve Patterson
Campy Russell 13 23 Larry Hughes Bill Robinzine
Ron Harper James Silas Gary Freeman 33 Ben Poquette
Steve Kerr John Amaechi Rowland Garrett Bill Willoughby Bimbo Coles
Sedric Toney Donny Marshall Mike Bratz Bobby Wilkerson 51
Harold Miner Michael Stewart Bruce Flowers Paul Thompson Michael Doleac
Shawn Kemp 14 Tyrone Corbin Kannard Johnson 52
Chris Mihm Foots Walker John Morton Derrick Chievous Jim Brewer
Tony Battie Lowes Moore Rod Higgins Mike Sanders Jerome Whitehead
5 Dirk Minniefield Carl Thomas Donny Marshall Bill Laimbeer
Bobby Lewis Bobby Phills Derek Anderson Jumaine Jones Melvin Bennett
Jimmy Cleamons Mark Hendrickson LeBron James Luke Jackson Brad Branson
Mike Evans Ira Newble 24 34* Sam Lacey
John Bagley 15 Fred Foster Austin Carr Chucky Brown
Steve Kerr Dave Sorenson John Lambert 35 Vitaly Potapenko
Steve Colter Cornell Warner Kevin Restani Rick Roberson DeSagana Diop
Earl Boykins Chuckie Williams Keith Lee Jimmy Cleamons 54
Kedrick Brown Butch Lee Chris Dudley Don Ford Melvin Turpin
6 Roger Phegley Gerald Paddio Phil Hubbard Kent Benson
Larry Nance Keith Herron Jimmy Oliver Danny Ferry Gary Voce
Mitchell Butler Matt Harpring Chris Mills Clarence Weatherspoon Jay Guidinger
Jerome Moiso 16 Andre Miller 36 Robert Traylor
7* Johnny Davis Jason Kapono Paul Thompson Lee Nailon
Bingo Smith Gary Alexander Donyell Marshall 40 55
8 17 25* Gary Suiter John Garris
Scott Wedman Bobby Washington Mark Price Greg Howard Andrew DeClercq
Lonnie Shelton Michael Hawkins Gary Brokaw Barry Clemens Eric Williams
Tim Kempton Smush Parker Terry Furlow Harry Davis 90
Brian Skinner Anderson Varejao Dave Robisch Walter Jordan Drew Gooden
Mateen Cleaves 18 Darren Tillis James Edwards
9 McCoy McLemore Ron Anderson Joe Courtney *Retired Jersey
Randy Smith Charlie Davis Ben McDonald 41
Mickey Dillard John Williams 27 Eric Fernsten
Larry Kenon Kornel David Tony Dumas Bill Laimbeer
Cavaliers All-Time Retired Jerseys
Long before Nate Thurmond had arrived to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Nov. 27, 1975 and led the five-year
old franchise to its first playoff appearance had Thurmond held a warm spot in the hearts of Northeast Ohioans.
Born Nathaniel Thurmond on July 25, 1941 in Akron, Ohio, the 6-foot-11 center starred at Akron’s Central
Hower High School before taking his talents to Bowling Green State University. As a Falcon, Thurmond averaged
17.8 points and 17.0 rebounds over three varsity seasons, earning All-America honors as a senior in 1963.
Drafted by the San Francisco Warriors with the third overall pick in the 1963 NBA Draft, Thurmond learned
behind Wilt Chamberlain for a full season before the Warriors traded Chamberlain midway through the following
season clearing room for Thurmond to flourish. A dominant defensive player whom Chamberlain and Kareem
Abdul-Jabbar both credited as their toughest defender, Thurmond was named to the NBA All-Defensive First or
Second Team on five occasions (1969, ‘71-74) and was honored as an NBA All-Star seven times (1965-65, ’70,
’73-74). Thurmond is also acknowledged in NBA history as the first player to ever record a quadruple-double.
Thurmond was traded to the Chicago Bulls after 11 seasons as a Warrior and two trips to the NBA Finals (1964
Nate Thurmond (No. 42) and 1967). Thurmond spent two seasons in Chicago before the Cavaliers acquired the center for Steve Patterson
Height: 6-11 Weight: 235 and Eric Fernsten.
Position: Center Home in Ohio again Thurmond led the 1975-76 Cavaliers team that started 6-11 without him to a 43-22 finish
Jersey Retired on Dec. 18, 1977 and the playoffs, helping give birth to the season better known as “the Miracle of Richfield.”
The following season would be Thurmond’s last as he retired at the end of the season. He was inducted into
the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1984 and named to the NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Team in 1996.
The Cavaliers retired his jersey on Dec. 18, 1977.
On May 11, 1970, the Cleveland Cavaliers drafted 11 players in the 1970 Expansion Draft. Two never put on
a Cavaliers uniform. Of the remaining nine, all but one played four seasons or less in Cleveland.
The one, Bobby Smith, played 10 seasons and over 700 games with the Cavaliers, helping to shape and mold
the young expansion team into playoff contenders.
Better known as “Bingo,” Smith spent his rookie season with the San Diego Rockets before being selected by
the Cavaliers in the Expansion Draft. Smith and his patented ‘rainbow jumper’ became bright spots through
Cleveland’s early years as the team quickly improved. With each passing season, the versatile small forward
remained a constant and consistent performer even leading the 1974-75 Cavaliers that finished 40-42 and one
game out of the playoffs in scoring at 15.9 points per game.
The following season Cleveland made the playoffs for the first time and Smith added a bit of magic to the sea-
son that has become known as the “Miracle of Richfield.” With home court advantage already lost and the
Cavaliers trailing in their first round series against the favored Washington Bullets, 1-0, Smith and his rainbow
Bobby “Bingo” Smith (No. 7)
jumpers helped Cleveland find a pot of gold. In Washington for Game 2, Smith scored a team-leading 17 points
Height: 6-6 Weight: 195
and made the game-winning shot with just seconds remaining to secure the 80-79 victory. The win served as the
Position: Small Forward
first playoff victory for the franchise and propelled the Cavaliers past the Bullets and into the Eastern Conference
Jersey Retired on Dec. 4, 1979
Finals against Boston where they eventually fell in six games.
Smith played four more seasons in Cleveland, helping guide the Cavaliers to the playoffs two more times
before finishing his career with the San Diego Clippers.
“Bingo” ranks in the top 10 all time in franchise history in nine different categories [Games Played (2nd), Field Goals Made (2nd), Field Goals Attempted
(2nd), Minutes Played (3rd), Points Scored (4th), Assists (10th), Free Throws Made (10th) and Free Throws Attempted (10th)].
The Cavaliers retired his jersey on Dec. 4, 1979.
Going into their second season as a franchise, the Cleveland Cavaliers held the No. 1 overall pick in the 1971
NBA Draft and aimed to get an impact player. With their pick, the Cavaliers selected Austin Carr, a high-scoring
shooting guard and two-time All-American at Notre Dame.
Carr proved not only to be the impact player the Cavaliers sought, but much more.
As a rookie, Carr immediately became the top option on offense averaging 21.2 points and became the first
Cavalier named to the All-NBA Rookie Team. Known as “A.C.” by teammates and fans alike, the sweet-shooting
fan favorite averaged 20 or more points the following two seasons, highlighted by Carr’s selection as an All-Star
Just as Carr began to reach elite status in the NBA, misfortune struck. On Dec. 5, 1974, Carr suffered a knee
injury that eventually cut short his season and forced him to undergo surgery.
Carr persevered and returned strong, playing in all 82 games in three of the following four seasons. Even after
the injury, Carr’s impact as a scorer and leader remained present as he never averaged less than double digits in
Austin Carr (No. 34) his career and led the Cavaliers to the playoffs on three occasions during his nine-year tenure in Cleveland.
Height: 6-4 Weight: 200 After the 1979-80 season, Carr’s final with the Cavaliers, he won the Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award for
Position: Shooting Guard his substantial contributions to the Cleveland community.
Jersey Retired on Jan. 3, 1981 Carr remains the franchise leader in field goals made and attempted and ranks second in points scored. He
also ranks among the franchise leaders in free throws made and attempted (4th), steals (4th) and minutes played
For his efforts on and off the floor, Carr was selected by 32 members of the media in Northeast Ohio to the Cavaliers’ All-Time Starting Five during the
Cavaliers 30th Anniversary season of 1999-2000.
He remains deeply involved in the organization serving as Director of Community and Business Development as well as the full-time analyst for the
Cavaliers Television Network.
The Cavaliers retired his jersey on Jan. 3, 1981.
Cavaliers All-Time Retired Jerseys (Continued)
Undoubtedly, the 1986 NBA Draft that brought the Cavaliers Brad Daugherty, Ron Harper and Mark Price
brought a youthful injection of much-needed talent and skilled players to an evolving franchise. The acquisition of
the three college stars instantly made the Cavaliers good.
But perhaps it was the final acquisition of power forward Larry Nance that made the Cavaliers go from good
to great and led to the most successful era in team history. On Feb. 25, 1988, Cleveland sent Kevin Johnson,
Mark West, Tyrone Corbin, a first-round draft choice in 1988 and two second-round picks to Phoenix in exchange
for Nance, Mike Sanders and Detroit’s first round pick in 1988.
Known as “Leapin’ Larry” for the dunking prowess that made him the first-ever Slam Dunk Champion in 1984
and his strong shot-blocking skills, Nance brought his high-flying, power game and six years of experience to a
team in desperate need of a veteran.
Nance filled that void remarkably, helping the Cavaliers win 11 of their final 13 games that season and make
Larry Nance (No. 22) the playoffs.
Height: 6-10 Weight: 235 The following season in many respects served as the greatest in franchise history as the Cavaliers won a
Position: Power Forward franchise-best 57 games (which was later tied by the 1991-92 team that Nance also starred on) and went 37-4 at
Jersey Retired on Jan. 30, 1995 home. Nance was named an NBA All-Star for the first of two times in 1989 and was joined on the squad by
Daugherty, Price and head coach Lenny Wilkens.
Spearheaded by the trio of Nance, Daugherty and Price, the Cavaliers made the playoffs in each season the group played together besides 1990-91,
where Price was limited to just 16 games after tearing his ACL.
A tenacious defender, Nance is the only player in franchise history to be named to the All-Defensive First Team (1988-89) and the only Cavalier to make
the team three times (1988-89, 91-92 and 92-93).
He ranks among the Cavaliers All-Time leaders in blocked shots (2nd), field goal percentage (2nd), rebounds (4th), field goals made and attempted (6th),
minutes played (7th) and free throws made (7th) and attempted (8th).
Nance was named to the Cavaliers’ All-Time Starting Five by 32 members of the Northeast Ohio media during the Cavaliers 30th Anniversary season.
The Cavaliers retired his jersey on Jan. 30, 1995.
10,389 points scored. 5,227 rebounds grabbed. 2,741 free throws made. 3,670 free throws attempted. Five
All-Star appearances made. Four triple-doubles recorded.
Those numbers represent the various statistics in which Brad Daugherty is the Cavaliers all-time leader and
why he is one of the greatest players in franchise history.
The number one overall draft pick of the 1986 NBA Draft, the 7-foot center was pivotal along with then-fellow
rookies Ron Harper, John Williams and Mark Price in re energizing and improving the franchise. The multi-skilled
Daugherty was named to the All-Rookie Team and quickly joined elite status as an NBA center while leading the
Cavaliers to the same.
Daugherty played in the first of five All-Star games in 1988 and then led the Cavaliers to the playoffs for the
first time in three seasons that April. The following season Daugherty and the Cavaliers won a franchise-record
57 games, including going 37-4 at home.
After an injury-plagued 1989-90 season in which Daugherty missed the first 41 games, he returned to All-Star
Brad Daugherty (No. 43) status. He became the first and remains the only player in franchise history to average 20 or more points and 10
Height: 7-0 Weight: 263 or more rebounds in the same season. He reached that feat in three consecutive seasons (1990-93), being
Position: Center named an all-star in the process each of those years.
Jersey Retired on March. 1, 1997 In the 1992 NBA Playoffs, Daugherty cemented his place as one of the best in the league by leading the
Cavaliers to the conference finals. He averaged 21.5 points on .528 field goal shooting, 10.2 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.0 blocks in 40.4 minutes per game
during the 17-game run. In the first round against New Jersey, he scored a Cavalier playoff-record 40 points on April 23.
Cleveland made the playoffs in all of the seasons Daugherty played but two and he led the Cavaliers in scoring in all but three of his seasons.
Just entering the prime of his career at 28, Daugherty suffered an ill-fated career-ending herniated lumbar disc in mid-February of the 1993-94 season.
Despite having his outstanding career cut short, the North Carolina native had already broken the afore-mentioned Cavalier records. He remains in the
top 10 all-time in field goal percentage (2nd), minutes played (2nd), field goals made and attempted (3rd), scoring average (4th), blocked shots (5th), assists
(5th) and steals (10th).
As part of the Cavaliers 30th Anniversary in 1999-2000, Daugherty was unanimously named by 32 members of the Northeast Ohio media to the Cavaliers’
All-Time Starting Five. He was the only player to garner all 32 votes.
The Cavaliers retired his jersey on March 1, 1997.
They say lightning doesn’t strike twice in the same place. But for the Cavaliers on draft day in 1986, it did.
Prior to June 17, Cleveland acquired the first overall pick in the 1986 NBA Draft from Philadelphia in exchange
for Roy Hinson and considerations. With the first pick, Cleveland selected center Brad Daugherty.
At the top of the second round, the Dallas Mavericks selected Mark Price with the 25th overall pick. The
Cavaliers then traded their second-round choice in 1989 and other considerations with Dallas for the rights to the
6-foot All-American from Georgia Tech.
Unknowingly, the Cavaliers acquired two of the greatest players in franchise history that day. Price and
Daugherty helped the team turn the corner and join the NBA’s elite while becoming the cornerstones of the
While Daugherty started as a rookie, Price learned on the bench for a year before unseating John Bagley.
Once a starter, Price never looked back.
Widely regarded as one of the best shooters in NBA history, Price and his picture-perfect release guided the
Mark Price (No. 25) Cavaliers to their most successful run in franchise history. With the exception of the 1990-91 season in which he
Height: 6-0 Weight: 180 tore his ACL and played only 16 games, the Cavaliers made the playoffs and won at least 42 games every year
Position: Point Guard Price was a starter.
Jersey Retired on November. 13, 1999 The sweet-shooting point guard was named an All-Star four times (1989, 1992-94) and is the only Cavalier
to be named to an All-NBA Team more than once (1988-89, 1991-94), including All-NBA First Team in 1992-93.
Price led the NBA in free throw percentage twice (1991-92, ‘92-93) and won the NBA’s Long Distance Shootout back-to-back years (1993-94).
Not just a shooter, Price ranked in the top 10 in the league in assists in five of his nine seasons as a Cavalier.
For his career, Price ranks first among all Cavaliers in three-point field goals made and attempted, assists, steals and free throw percentage. He also
ranks among the top 10 all-time in franchise history in points scored (3rd), three-point field goal percentage (3rd), free throws made (3rd), field goals made
(4th), field goals attempted (4th), games played (5th), free throws attempted (5th) and minutes played (5th). Price was named to the Cavaliers’ All-Time
Starting Five by 32 members of the Northeast Ohio media during the Cavaliers 30th Anniversary season. He was also the leading vote-getter on the Cavs All-
Time Team, as voted on by the Cleveland fans.
The Cavaliers retired his jersey on November 13, 1999.
Cavaliers Uniform/Logos History
By Joe Gabriele
Did you know that the famous saying, “Clothes make the man” was a quote by Mark Twain? (And if so, did you know the rest of that
quote says, “Naked people have little or no influence on society”?)
The Cavaliers have had their share of unique threads over their 35 year history. Cleveland has changed their look ten times, going
full circle – kind of – when they returned to the wine and gold on April 16, 2003. One day after completing a 17-65 season and five
weeks before they won the rights to draft an 18-year-old from Akron.
Granted, it was a new expression of the wine and gold, but the Cavaliers current threads are among the league’s most popular,
something that could not have been said of the previous uniforms. The 18-year-old from Akron has a lot to do with it – in one survey,
LeBron James jersey was No. 1 in sales, the Cavaliers uniform, No. 4. But a lot of it has to with the fact that Cleveland’s most recent
uniforms are just – for lack of a better expression – really cool.
Fans identified with the wine and gold. Not only are they attractive colors as well as the team’s original flavor. But the items them-
selves – “wine” and “gold” – fit perfectly with the swashbuckling theme of a Cavalier. The Cavaliers don’t just wear the wine and gold,
they are the Wine and Gold. The same way Ohio State is the Scarlet and Grey or Michigan is the Maize and Blue.
In between the current attire and the first expression of wine and gold back in 1970, the Cavaliers have dabbled in burnt orange,
royal blue, bright orange black and pastel blue. There have been three seismic uniform shifts in the franchise’s 35 years, not all good.
In 1970, the inaugural Cavaliers donned the original gold uniforms at their 11,000 seat venue – the old Cleveland Arena – on Euclid
and 37th. The Cavaliers went with gold at home and wine on the road, a tradition that they continued throughout their first 13 years in
The first uni’s had the feathered underscore of “Cavaliers” on each jersey, home and road. The logo, which has (thankfully) survived
throughout the club’s three-and-half decades, had the words “Cleveland Cavaliers” wrapped around a basketball and featured a silhou-
ette of a Cavalier figure jousting with his sword. The logo is every bit as recognizable to Clevelanders as the Indians’ “Chief Wahoo.”
Cleveland’s new expression of the old expression of the wine and gold came about in 1974 and made their triumphant comeback
in 2005. The garb that adorned the “Miracle of Richfield” team featured piping with short horizontal stripes of wine, gold and white
stacked along the sides of the shirts and shorts. Again, both the home and away jerseys read “Cavaliers.”
Long before the current club donned the Miracle jerseys in an actual game – a 104-79 drubbing of the Knicks on January 8 – you
could see rappers adorned in No. 34 Austin Carr attire on BET or on the streets from Cleveland to the Big Apple.
In 1981, as the final remnants of the Miracle squad faded into the sunset, the Cavaliers went to a wine and gold scheme that is more
reminiscent of today’s colors than the original hues. The Mike Mitchell-era team went with a metallic gold with a pair of horizontal stripes
with the word “Cleveland” written above it in block letters.
The organization and the team were making big changes in the 1980s and the radical departure from the club’s original colors – and
its identity – came in the form of the burnt orange and royal blue threads with the word “CAVS” written across the chest. The “V” was
designed like a hoop with a ball entering it, which also served as Cleveland’s new logo.
The Cavaliers retained the colors – and slight variations on the look – throughout their final, and highly successful, years at the
Richfield Coliseum. The burnt orange as the primary road color was replaced by the royal blue road uniforms in 1987 and the “CAVS”
logo was replaced with the block “Cleveland” before the 1989 season.
This attire will forever be linked to the Lenny Wilkens era of excellence that featured the likes of Mark Price, Brad Daugherty, Larry
Nance and Hot Rod Williams.
When the Cavaliers began play at Gund Arena in the 1994-95 season, there was once again a radical departure from the previous
look. From the wine and gold to the burnt orange and royal blue, the Cavaliers went with pastel blue and black. Home uniforms were
white, road black, with a blue splash across the torso and lined lettering that said “CAVS” at home and “Cleveland” on the road, both
outlined in orange.
The Cavaliers modified this look in 1997, sticking with the color scheme, but losing the mystifying torso splash. Instead, the uniforms
featured a more streamlined blue and orange piping along the right side of the shirts and shorts. The futuristic lined letters remained.
But in October of 2002, then-owner Gordon Gund decided to bring Cavaliers fans back to the future when he announced, “Our fans
take pride in our team and really identify with the things that make Cleveland different. They want a team whose identity was ‘true to
Cleveland.’ With that in mind, we set out to have colors, logos
and uniforms that reflect our history and look forward at the
same time. These new marks represent what our fans and we
believe is the right match for Cleveland and for the Cavaliers.”
The new colors were announced on October 9 – the cur-
rent “new expression of wine and gold” – a crimson-hued
wine color and a metallic gold, similar to 1981 uni’s. Dark
blue, the secondary color, was a tribute to the Cavalier teams
of the 1990s.
The Cavaliers uniforms may undergo more changes as
the LeBron James era unfolds, especially in light of the
team’s new ownership. But old school Cavalier fans are just
glad that the team recognized its roots and the colors that
best represent the team and the city.
Like the Boston Celtics green or the Oakland Raiders
black and silver, the Cavaliers are their best in the wine and
gold. It’s no surprise that the Cavaliers are now lined up for
big things. After all, the clothes make the man.
Records by Uniform:
Years: 1970-74 Years: 1974-81
Record: 99-229 Record: 242-250
Years: 1981-83 Years: 1983-87
Record: 66-180 Record: 124-204
Years: 1987-89 Years: 1989-94
Record: 99-65 Record: 233-177
Years: 1994-97 Years: 1997-99
Record: 132-114 Record: 69-63
Years 1999-2003 Years: 2003-present
Record: 108-220 Record: 127-119
Cavaliers Arena History
The Cavaliers @ Cleveland Arena (4 seasons; 1970-1974)
-Opened on November 11, 1937; Capacity (11,000)
-First Cavaliers game; October 28, 1970
Regular Season Playoffs Playoffs
Overall Home Avg. Attendance* Largest (Date) Home (Ovr.) Avg. Attend. Largest
‘70-’71 15-67 11-30 3,518 (0) 8,429 (2/17) - - -
‘71-’72 23-59 13-28 5,222 (1) 11,178 (1/5) - - -
‘72-’73 32-50 20-21 4,548 (1) 11,044 (2/4) - - -
‘73-’74 29-53 18-23 4,013 (0) 9,149 (11/9) - - -
Total: 99-229 62-102 4,325 (2) 11,178 (1/5/72) - - -
*Number in parenthesis indicates a sellout
Notes: Lost opener against San Diego, 110-99 in front of 6,144 fans… lost first 11 home games and 14 of 15… first win against Buffalo
108-106 on Dec. 6, 1970… Walt Wesley scored a Cavaliers-record 50 points in a 125-109 win over Cincinnati on Feb. 19, 1971… had
six game home-win streak, longest at the Cleveland Arena, from Feb. 24-Mar. 24, 1974… 8,829 fans attended the final game at the
Cleveland Arena, a 114-92 win over the New York Knicks.
The Cavaliers @ Richfield Coliseum (20 seasons; 1974-1994)
-Opened on 1974; Capacity (20,273)
-First Cavaliers game; October 29, 1974
Regular Season Playoffs Playoffs
Overall Home Avg. Attendance* Largest (Date) Home (Ovr.) Avg. Attend. Largest
‘74-’75 40-42 29-12 8,161 (0) 20,239 (4/3) - - -
‘75-’76 49-33 29-12 12,659 (2) 21,130 (2/8) 5-2 (6-7) 21,229 (6) 21,564
‘76-’77 43-39 29-12 13,913 (0) 19,783 (10/22) 1-0 (1-2) 19,545 (0) 19,545
‘77-’78 43-39 27-14 11,097 (0) 19,548 (12/28) 0-1 (0-2) 19,739 (0) 19,739
‘78-’79 30-52 20-21 7,942 (0) 15,209 (3/17) - - -
‘79-’80 37-45 28-13 7,873 (0) 19,912 (3/22) - - -
‘80-’81 28-54 20-21 5,475 (0) 20,175 (3/27) - - -
‘81-’82 15-67 9-32 5,769 (0) 13,457 (1/2) - - -
‘82-’83 23-59 15-26 3,916 (0) 11,270 (1/6) - - -
‘83-’84 28-54 23-18 5,075 (0) 14,517 (2/23) - - -
‘84-’85 36-46 20-21 7,902 (2) 20,900 (3/15) 1-1 (1-3) 20,900 (2) 20,900
‘85-’86 29-53 16-25 9,533 (2) 20,900 (10/25; 12/20) - - -
‘86-’87 31-51 25-16 10,905 (0) 20,103 (1/24) - - -
‘87-’88 42-40 31-10 12,313 (0) 20,900 (1/23) 2-0 (2-3) 20,047 (0) 20,068
‘88-’89 57-25 37-4 17,827 (1) 20,273 (4/18) 1-2 (2-3) 19,952 (2) 20,273
‘89-’90 42-40 27-14 16,969 (4) 20,273 (4 times) 2-0 (2-3) 16,711 (0) 17,106
‘90-’91 33-49 23-18 15,217 (3) 20,273 (3 times) - - -
‘91-’92 57-25 35-6 16,522 (6) 20,273 (6 times) 6-3 (9-8) 19,546 (7) 20,273
‘92-’93 54-28 35-6 18,329 (15) 20,273 (15 times) 2-3 (3-6) 19,309 (3) 20, 273
‘93-’94 47-35 31-10 18,383 (12) 20,273 (12 times) 0-1 (0-3) 17,778 (0) 17,778
Totals: 764-867 509-311 11,289 (47) 21,130 (2/8/76) 20-13 (26-40) 19,475 (20) 21,564 (4 in ’76)
*Number in parenthesis indicates sellouts
Notes: Lost to Boston 107-92 in opener, 13,184 attended, but went on to win next eight home games… won 12-straight home games
from Jan. 17-Mar. 13, 1976 during the season known as “the Miracle of Richfield”… A Cavalier home-attendance record 21,564 fans
were at Game 7, an 87-85 win, of the first-round of the playoffs against Washington on Apr. 29, 1976, the appearance was the Cavaliers
first-ever in the post-season… won a franchise-best 22 straight home games from Dec. 15, 1988-Mar. 2, 1989… “The Shot” by Michael
Jordan ended the Cavalier season in Game 5 of the first-round of the playoffs of 1989… in 1992 playoffs the team sold-out seven home
games on their way to the Conference Finals… Mark Price made a team-record 100 straight free-throws at home from Apr. 5, 1992-
Feb.5, 1993… A sold-out crowd of 20,273 witnessed the final regular-season game at The Coliseum, a 117-91 win over Boston.
The Cavaliers @ Quicken Loans Arena (11 seasons; 1994-Present)
-Opened on November 8, 1994; Capacity (20,562)
-First Cavaliers Game; November 8, 1994
Regular Season Playoffs Playoffs
Overall Home Avg. Attendance* Largest (Date) Home (Ovr.) Avg. Attend. Largest
‘94-’95 43-39 26-15 20,338 (31) 20,562 (31 times) 0-2 (1-3) 18,963 (0) 19,352
‘95-’96 47-35 26-15 17,807 (9) 20,562 (9 times) 0-2 (0-3) 16,825 (0) 17,232
‘96-’97 42-40 25-16 16,895 (3) 20,562 (3 times) - - -
‘97-’98 47-35 27-14 16,942 (6) 20,562 (6 times) 1-1 (1-3) 17,841 (0) 18,188
‘98-’99^ 22-28 15-10 14,120 (1) 20,562 (3/18) - - -
‘99-’00 32-50 22-19 14,724 (6) 20,562 (6 times) - - -
‘00-’01 30-52 20-21 15,873 (4) 20,562 (4 times) - - -
‘01-’02 29-53 20-21 14,539 (3) 20,562 (3 times) - - -
‘02-’03 17-65 14-27 11,497 (2) 20,562 (11/9; 4/8) - - -
‘03-’04 35-47 23-18 18,288 (16) 20,562 (16 times) - - -
’04-’05 42-40 29-12 19,128 (18) 20,562 (18 times) - - -
05-’06 50-32 31-10 19,327 (17) 20,562 (17 times) 4-2 (7-6) 20,562 (6) 20,562
Totals: 436-516 278-198 16,708 (116) 20,562 5-7 (9-15) 19,220 (0) 20,562 (6 in ‘06)
*Number in parenthesis indicates a sellout
Notes: Opened Quicken Loans Arena with a 100-98 loss to defending World Champion Houston Rockets on Nov. 9, 1994 in front of a
sold out crowd…in 1997 the 47th Annual NBA All-Star game was played at the Quicken Loan Arena, Terrell Brandon was the lone
Cavalier in the game and scored 10 points with a bench-high eight assists…Bobby Phills competed in the Fleer ShootAround at the
NBA Jam Session presented by Fleer, Vitaly Potapenko scored six points in the Schick Rookie Game and Bob Sura was a contestant
in the Nestle Crunch Slam Dunk competition…on April 27, 1998 Cavaliers defeated the Indiana Pacers 86-77 for their first home-playoff
win in their last four appearances…in 1998 due to the strike-shortened season the Cavaliers streak of winning 20 or more home games
per season is snapped…on April 15, 2000 during halftime vs. New York the Cavaliers honored the franchise’s All-Time Team, consisting
of Mark Price, Brad Daugherty, Larry Nance, Austin Carr, Bobby “Bingo” Smith, Shawn Kemp, World B. Free, John Williams, Nate
Thurmond, Terrell Brandon, Jim Chones and Campy Russell…Gund Arena was re-named Quicken Loans Arena prior to the beginning
of the sports/entertainment season of 2005-’06…the Cavaliers sold-out their first postseason game in Quicken Loans Arena history
versus the Washington Wizards on 4/22/06. Cleveland totaled six sellouts during the 2006 postseason.