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Cleveland Cavaliers
Conference Eastern Eastern Conference
Division Central Division
Founded 1970
History Cleveland Cavaliers
Arena Quicken Loans Arena
City Cleveland, Ohio
Team Colors Wine, Gold, Navy, White
Media Cleveland Cavaliers Radio Network
Fox Sports Ohio
WLFM-LP (Spanish)
Owner(s) Dan Gilbert
Gary Gilbert
David Katzman
Usher Raymond
Gordon Gund
Patrick McInnis
General Manager David Griffin
Head Coach David Blatt
D-League affiliate Canton Charge
NBA NBA Championship logo 0
Conference Conference Championship logo 1 (2007)
Division 3 (1976, 2009, 2010)
Retired numbers 7 (7, 11, 22, 25, 34, 42, 43, MIC)
Official Website
Cleveland Cavaliers Home Uniform Cleveland Cavaliers Road Uniform Cleveland Cavaliers Alternate Uniform
Home court
Cleveland Cavaliers court logo

The Cleveland Cavaliers (also known as the Cavs) is a professional basketball team based in Cleveland, Ohio. They began playing in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a 1970 expansion team.

Home arenasEdit

Cleveland Arena (1970-1974)
Coliseum at Richfield (1974-1994)
Quicken Loans Arena (formely called Gund Arena) (1994-present)

Franchise historyEdit

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The original Cavs logo, used from 1970-83.

The Cavaliers first began play in the NBA in 1970 as an expansion team. Under the direction of coach Bill Fitch, they compiled a league-worst 15-67 record. However, the team began to build around the 1971 draft pick, Austin Carr. He scored 63 points in a single game.

In the 1975-1976 season, with Carr, Bingo Smith, Jim Chones, Dick Snyder, and newly acquired Nate Thurmond, Fitch led the Cavs, as the team is commonly nicknamed, to a 49-33 record, which was the best record in the Central Division. He received the league's Coach of the Year award as the Cavs made their first-ever playoff appearance.

The Cavs won the series against the Washington Bullets, 4-3. Because of the many heroics and last-second shots, the series became known locally as the "Miracle of Richfield." However, hampered by injuries, particularly to Jim Chones, the Cavs proceeded to lose to the Boston Celtics in Eastern Conference Finals of the NBA playoffs.


Cleveland Cavaliers 1983-1994 logo.

In the 1980s, new owner Ted Stepien quickly hired and fired a succession of coaches, made a number of poor trades and poor free agent signing decisions. Stepien's poor trades cost the team several first round draft picks, and led to a rule change in the NBA prohibiting teams from trading away first round draft picks in consecutive years. The rule is known as the "Ted Stepien Rule." Stepien threatened to move the franchise to Toronto, but brothers George Gund and Gordon Gund purchased the franchise in the mid 1980s and decided to keep the team in Cleveland. In 1993, Toronto would, in fact, get an expansion franchise, the Toronto Raptors.

In 1986, under the Gund brothers as owners, the

team acquired, either through trades or the draft, Brad Daugherty, Mark Price, Ron Harper, and Larry Nance. These players (minus Harper, who was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers for the rights to Danny Ferry) formed the core of the team that led the Cavs to eight playoff seasons in the next nine years, including three 50-wins plus seasons. However, in 1989, the Cavs were paired against the Chicago Bulls in the playoffs. It was a best-of-five-series. Cleveland managed to beat the Bulls in overtime, 108-105 and tied the series 2-2. Home court advantage went to Cleveland. The game was evenly matched, until Cleveland managed to score on a drive and raise the lead by 1, with 3 seconds left. Chicago called time. The ball was inbounded to Michael Jordan, who went for a jump shot. Cleveland's Craig Ehlo jumped in front to block it, but Jordan seemed to stay in the air until Ehlo landed. "The Shot" went in as time ran out, with Chicago winning the series 3-2. The buzzer-beater is considered one of Jordan's greatest clutch moments, and the game itself one of the greatests. But the pinnacle of the Cavs' success came in the 1991-1992 season, when they compiled a 57-25 record and advanced to the Eastern Conference finals, losing again to the Chicago Bulls 4-2. Cleveland had no success in the playoffs during this period.

After then, an era of decline came for Cavs. With retirements and departures of Nance,Daugherty and Price, team lost its power and no longer was able even to fight for playoffs, where once they used to be the greatest trouble against the Bulls.

For several years under leadership of point guard Terrell Brandon, Cavs became the most defensive team of NBA, setting its tactics all on defense,being the NBA's least point conceding team.But offensive inproductivity caused Cavs to have no success in this era.

Later on, players like Ricky Davis, Zydrunas Ilgauskas were added to the team, increasing the quality, but without any success.


Logo from 1994-2003. This is the last logo to date referencing the team as the "Cavs".

However, after the Cavs' glory days came several losing seasons. Those seasons saw the Cavs drop to the bottom of the league, becoming a perennial lottery draft team. After another disappointing season in 2002-2003, the Cavs landed the number one draft pick in the NBA Lottery.

King JamesEdit


LeBron James with the cavs.

The Cavs selected high school phenom LeBron James. James' status as both a local star (having played his high school basketball at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in nearby Akron) and one of the most highly touted prospects in NBA history led many to view his selection as a turning point in the franchise's history. The 2003-2004 season offered great hope for the future, as James rose to become a dominating player, winning the NBA Rookie of the Year Award. Hope was even greater for the 2004-2005 season. James blossomed into a superstar, increasing his points average, shooting percentage, assists average, and rebounds average. Despite the loss of Carlos Boozer under very dubious circumstances, James teamed with Drew Gooden and Zydrunas Ilgauskas to form the core of the Cavs team. After a promising start when the team seemed to be locked firmly into the Eastern Conference's 5th playoff spot, the Cavs began a downward spiral that eventually led to the firing of coach Paul Silas and general manager Jim Paxson. The Cavs failed to make the playoffs that year, tied with the resurgent New Jersey Nets for the eighth (and final) playoff spot (the Nets owned the tiebreaker over the Cavs).


Cavaliers' alternate logo (2003-2010)

The 2005 offseason was one of many changes for the Cavaliers. The team hired a new coach, Mike Brown, and a new general manager, former Cavaliers forward Danny Ferry. The team also signed free agents Larry Hughes, Donyell Marshall, and Damon Jones (four-year, $16 million for Damon) to multi-year contracts. Along with new owner Dan Gilbert, the Cavaliers' front office consists of individuals new to their respective positions. Despite the relative inexperience of many of these newcomers, the franchise sees great hope in rising star LeBron James, whom many have compared to all-time great Michael Jordan.

The Cavs are the oldest team in the NBA never to have been in the NBA Finals.

In March, the Cavaliers clinched their first playoff appearance since the 1997-98 season. They wound up receiving the #4 seed in the Eastern Conference and faced the Washington Wizards in the first round. After the two teams split the first two games in Cleveland, LeBron James scored a game-winning basket with 5.7 seconds remaining in game 3. The Wizards then won game 4 to tie the series. With the series back in Cleveland, the Cavs emerged victorious in the fifth game, 121-120 in an exciting overtime contest that saw LeBron James hit the game winning shot with 0.9 seconds left on the clock. Game 6 also went to overtime, on a Gilbert Arenas three-point shot at the end of regulation to tie the score. In the extra session, however, Damon Jones nailed a long jumper in the final seconds to clinch the game for the Cavs - advancing them into the second round for the first time in 13 years.

In the second round, the Cavs lost the first two games to the Detroit Pistons, but then won the next three, including one at the Palace of Auburn Hills (producing the Pistons' only three game losing streak of the season). However, they lost a close Game 6 at home and then fell to Detroit, 79-61, in game 7. This game produced two records of futility for the Cleveland organization. First, they earned the record for least points scored in a Game 7, and secondly, they tied the record for least points scored in a half with 23.

The two playoff rounds were a showcase for the emergence of LeBron James, which he has achieved many "youngest ever to...." records considering his age (21). More importantly, it marks the rebirth of a once stagnant basketball franchise.

Season-by-season recordsEdit

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, % = Percentage

Season W L  % Playoffs Results
1970-71 15 67 .183
1971-72 23 59 .280
1972-73 32 50 .390
1973-74 29 53 .354
1974-75 40 42 .488
1975-76 49 33 .598 Won Conference Semifinals
Lost Conference Finals
Cleveland 4, Washington 3
Boston 4, Cleveland 2
1976-77 43 39 .524 Lost First Round Washington 2, Cleveland 1
1977-78 43 39 .524 Lost First Round New York 2, Cleveland 0
1978-79 30 52 .366
1979-80 37 45 .451
1980-81 28 54 .341
1981-82 15 67 .183
1982-83 23 59 .280
1983-84 28 54 .341
1984-85 36 46 .439 Lost First Round Boston 3, Cleveland 1
1985-86 29 53 .354
1986-87 31 51 .378
1987-88 42 40 .512 Lost First Round Chicago 3, Cleveland 2
1988-89 57 25 .695 Lost First Round Chicago 3, Cleveland 2
1989-90 42 40 .512 Lost First Round Philadelphia 3, Cleveland 2
1990-91 33 49 .402
1991-92 57 25 .695 Won First Round
Won Conference Semifinals
Lost Conference Finals
Cleveland 3, New Jersey 2
Cleveland 4, Boston 3
Chicago 4, Cleveland 2
1992-93 54 28 .659 Won First Round
Lost Conference Semifinals
Cleveland 3, New Jersey 2
Chicago 4, Cleveland 0
1993-94 47 35 .573 Lost First Round Chicago 3, Cleveland 0
1994-95 43 39 .524 Lost First Round New York 3, Cleveland 1
1995-96 47 35 .573 Lost First Round New York 3, Cleveland 0
1996-97 42 40 .512
1997-98 47 35 .573 Lost First Round Indiana 3, Cleveland 1
1998-99 22 28 .440
1999-2000 32 50 .390
2000-01 30 52 .366
2001-02 29 53 .354
2002-03 17 65 .207
2003-04 35 47 .427
2004-05 42 40 .512
2005-06 50 32 .610 Won First Round
Lost Conference Semifinals
Cleveland 4, Washington 2
Detroit 4, Cleveland 3
2006-07 50 32 .610 Won First Round
Won Conference Semifinals
Won Conference Finals
Lost NBA Finals
Cleveland 4, Washington 0
Cleveland 4, Nets 2
Cleveland 4, Pistons 2
Cleveland 0, Spurs 4
2007-08 45 37 .549 Won First Round
Lost Conference Semifinals
Cleveland 4, Wizards 2
Cleveland 3 Celtics 4
2008-09 66 16 .805 Won First Round
Won Conference Semifinals
Lost Conference Finals
Cleveland 4, Pistons 0
Cleveland 4, Hawks 0
Cleveland 2, Magic 4
2009-10 61 21 .744 Won First Round
Lost Conference Semifinals
Cleveland 4, Bulls 1
Cleveland 2, Celtics 4
2010-2011 19 63 .232
2012-2013 21 45 .318
2013-2014 33 49 .402
Regular Season 1585 1893 .456
Playoffs 70 78 .473
Regular Season And Playoff results 1655 1971 .456

Stats updated June 25, 2014


Past UniformsEdit

Uniform HistoryEdit

The Cavaliers have had many uniform changes throughout their history.

1970-1974 Yellow with red outline and red Caviliers lettering. Red with yellow outline and yellow Caviliers lettering.
1974-1981 Yellow with red and white checkered outline and red Caviliers lettering. Red with yellow and red checkered outline and yellow Caviliers lettering.
1981-1983 Tan brown with Cleveland written in red, red and white stripes, and red outline. Red with Cleveland written in tan brown, tan brown and white stripes, and tan brown outline.
1983-1987 White with Cavs written in orange. Orange with Cavs written in white. The Cavaliers renamed themselves the Cavs and would stay that way until 2003
1987-1989 White with Cavs written in blue. Blue with Cavs written in orange.
1989-1994 Same as 1987-1989. Name changed from Cavs to Cleveland.
1994-1997 White with Cavs written in orange and with a blue swoosh below the name. Black with Cleveland written in orange diagonally and with a blue swoosh below the name.
1997-1999 Same as 1994-1997 except Cavs was outlined in black. Same as 1994-1997 except color in Cleveland was lightened.
1999-2003 White with Cavs written in blue and single orange stripe on right side. Black with Cleveland written in white and single white stripe on right side.
2003-2010 White with Cavaliers written in wine and wine stripes on both sides. Wine with Cavaliers written in white and gold stripes on both sides.
2010-present White with Cavaliers written in wine and a wine and gold horizontal stripe trim on the collar, sleeves, waistband, and pant legs. Wine with Cleveland written in gold and colored with the same stripe trim.

Players of note Edit

Basketball Hall of Famers:Edit

Not to be forgotten:Edit

Retired numbers:Edit

Current rosterEdit

Coaches and others Edit




WTAM (AM 1100) in Cleveland is the flagship station of a 16 station Cavaliers radio network [1]. Veteran broadcaster Joe Tait has served as the team's radio play-by-play announcer since its inception in 1970, with a brief break away from the team in the period when it was owned by Ted Stepien. Tait is considered one of the prominent announcers in professional sports.


The Cavaliers' TV games air on cable and satellite on Fox Sports Net Ohio, and also on WUAB (Channel 43) in Cleveland, the flagship of TV for sports in Cleveland.

Starting in 2006, play-by-play announcer Fred McLeod and analyst Scott Williams, a former Cavaliers player, will handle local TV commentary. McLeod has been named as a replacement for long-time Cavs TV analyst Michael Reghi. Cavs legend Austin Carr is an analyst for games on WUAB.

External linksEdit

National Basketball Association
Maurice Podoloff (1946 - 1963) ~ Walter Kennedy (1963 - 1975) ~ Larry O'Brien (1975 - 1984) ~ David Stern (1984 - 2014) ~ Adam Silver (1975 -present)
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