1985–86 Cleveland Cavaliers season

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1985–86 Cleveland Cavaliers season
Head coach George Karl
Gene Littles (interim)
Arena Coliseum at Richfield
Results
Record 29–53 (.354)
Place Division: 5th (Central)
Conference: 9th (Eastern)
Playoff finish Did Not Qualify

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television WUAB
Radio WWWE
< 1984–85 1986–87 >

The 1985-86 NBA season was the Cavaliers' 16th season in the NBA.

The season saw the team draft Charles Oakley and John "Hot Rod" Williams with the 9th and 45th picks in the 1985 NBA draft, respectively. Oakley's draft rights were traded to the Chicago Bulls. Williams played in the United States Basketball League during the 1986 season, as he was unable to play in the NBA due to a trial in which he was charged for sports bribery and conspiracy. [1] However, Williams would later spend nine seasons with the Cavaliers franchise starting in the 1986–87 season. [2]

The Cavaliers finished the season with a 29–53 record, missing the playoffs.

NBA Draft[edit]

Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
1 9 Charles Oakley PF/C  United States Virginia Union
2 30 Calvin Duncan  United States Virginia Commonwealth
2 45 Hot Rod Williams PF/C  United States Tulane
3 55 Herb Johnson PF/C  United States Tulsa
4 79 Mark Davis F  United States Old Dominion
5 101 Gunther Behnke  Germany
6 125 Ricky Johnson  United States Illinois State
7 147 Buzz Peterson  United States North Carolina

Roster[edit]

1985–86 Cleveland Cavaliers roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
PG 5 United States Bagley, John 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Boston College
SG 10 United States Brewer, Ron 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Arkansas
SG 21 United States Free, World B. 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Guilford
SF 32 United States Hinson, Roy 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Rutgers
SF 35 United States Hubbard, Phil Injured 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Michigan
SG 3 United States Johnson, Jr., Eddie 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Auburn
PF 44 United States Jones, Edgar 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Nevada
PF 24 United States Lee, Keith 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Memphis
SF 33 United States McDonald, Ben 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 210 lb (95 kg) UC Irvine
PG 14 United States Minniefield, Dirk 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Kentucky
PF 50 United States Poquette, Ben 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Central Michigan
PF 8 United States Shelton, Lonnie 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Oregon State
C 54 United States Turpin, Melvin 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Kentucky
C 41 United States West, Mark 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Old Dominion
Head coach

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injured

Roster

Regular season[edit]

Central Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Milwaukee Bucks 57 25 .695 33–8 24–17 21–9
x-Atlanta Hawks 50 32 .610 7 34–7 16–25 21–9
x-Detroit Pistons 46 36 .561 11 31–10 15–26 18–12
x-Chicago Bulls 30 52 .366 27 22–19 8–33 10–20
Cleveland Cavaliers 29 53 .354 28 16–25 13–28 10–19
Indiana Pacers 26 56 .317 31 19–22 7–34 9–20
# Eastern Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 z-Boston Celtics 67 15 .817
2 y-Milwaukee Bucks 57 25 .695 10
3 x-Philadelphia 76ers 54 28 .659 13
4 x-Atlanta Hawks 50 32 .610 17
5 x-Detroit Pistons 46 36 .561 21
6 x-Washington Bullets 39 43 .476 28
7 x-New Jersey Nets 39 43 .476 28
8 x-Chicago Bulls 30 52 .366 37
9 Cleveland Cavaliers 29 53 .354 38
10 Indiana Pacers 26 56 .317 41
11 New York Knicks 23 59 .280 44
Notes
z - clinched division title
y - clinched division title
x - clinched playoff spot

Record vs. opponents[edit]

1985-86 NBA Records
Team ATL BOS CHI CLE DAL DEN DET GSW HOU IND LAC LAL MIL NJN NYK PHI PHO POR SAC SAS SEA UTA WAS
Atlanta 0–6 5–1 4–2 1–1 1–1 4–2 1–1 1–1 5–1 2–0 1–1 3–3 4–2 5–1 4–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–4
Boston 6–0 5–1 5–1 1–1 1–1 4–1 2–0 2–0 5–1 2–0 2–0 5–0 4–2 5–1 4–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 5–1
Chicago 1–5 1–5 3–3 0–2 2–0 2–4 2–0 1–1 3–3 1–1 0–2 1–5 2–3 4–2 1–5 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–4
Cleveland 2–4 1–5 3–3 1–1 1–1 1–5 0–2 0–2 3–2 1–1 1–1 1–5 3–3 4–1 0–6 2–0 0–2 2–0 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–5
Dallas 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 3–3 0–2 4–1 1–5 2–0 2–3 1–4 0–2 2–0 1–1 0–2 5–0 2–3 3–3 4–2 3–2 5–1 1–1
Denver 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 3–3 1–1 3–2 3–3 2–0 4–1 3–2 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 4–1 3–2 3–3 3–3 2–3 3–3 2–0
Detroit 2–4 1–4 4–2 5–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 5–1 2–0 1–1 2–4 4–2 4–1 2–4 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 2–0 1–1 4–2
Golden State 1–1 0–2 0–2 2–0 1–4 2–3 1–1 0–5 1–1 5–1 2–4 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–4 1–5 2–3 2–3 2–4 2–3 1–1
Houston 1–1 0–2 1–1 2–0 5–1 3–3 1–1 5–0 2–0 3–2 1–4 0–2 1–1 2–0 1–1 3–2 3–2 4–2 5–1 3–2 3–3 2–0
Indiana 1–5 1–5 3–3 2–3 0–2 0–2 1–5 1–1 0–2 2–0 0–2 2–4 2–3 2–4 0–6 1–1 0–2 0–2 1–1 2–0 0–2 5–1
L.A. Clippers 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 3–2 1–4 0–2 1–5 2–3 0–2 2–4 1–1 2–0 2–0 0–2 2–4 2–4 5–0 1–4 3–3 3–2 0–2
L.A. Lakers 1–1 0–2 2–0 1–1 4–1 2–3 1–1 4–2 4–1 2–0 4–2 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 5–1 6–0 5–0 4–1 4–2 5–0 2–0
Milwaukee 3–3 0–5 5–1 5–1 2–0 0–2 4–2 2–0 2–0 4–2 1–1 0–2 4–2 6–0 4–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 4–2
New Jersey 2–4 2–4 3–2 3–3 0–2 1–1 2–4 1–1 1–1 3–2 0–2 1–1 2–4 5–1 2–4 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 0–2 2–0 2–4
New York 1–5 1–5 2–4 1–4 1–1 1–1 1–4 1–1 0–2 4–2 0–2 1–1 0–6 1–5 0–6 2–0 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 3–3
Philadelphia 1–4 2–4 5–1 6–0 2–0 1–1 4–2 1–1 1–1 6–0 2–0 0–2 1–4 4–2 6–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 3–3
Phoenix 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–5 1–4 2–0 4–2 2–3 1–1 4–2 1–5 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–2 2–4 2–3 3–2 5–1 1–4 1–1
Portland 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 3–2 2–3 1–1 5–1 2–3 2–0 4–2 0–6 0–2 0–2 2–0 0–2 4–2 3–2 1–4 5–1 2–3 0–2
Sacramento 0–2 1–1 2–0 0–2 3–3 3–3 2–0 3–2 2–4 2–0 0–5 0–5 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 3–2 2–3 5–1 5–0 2–4 1–1
San Antonio 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–4 3–3 1–1 3–2 1–5 1–1 4–1 1–4 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–3 4–1 1–5 2–3 2–4 2–0
Seattle 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–3 3–2 0–2 4–2 2–3 0–2 3–3 2–4 0–2 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–5 1–5 0–5 3–2 2–3 1–1
Utah 2–0 0–2 1–1 2–0 1–5 3–3 1–1 3–2 3–3 2–0 2–3 0–5 0–2 0–2 2–0 1–1 4–1 3–2 4–2 4–2 3–2 1–1
Washington 4–1 1–5 4–1 5–1 1–1 0–2 2–4 1–1 0–2 1–5 2–0 0–2 2–4 4–2 3–3 3–3 1–1 2–0 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–1

Regular season[edit]

Game log[edit]

1985–86 game log
Total: 29–53 (Home: 16–25; Road: 13–28)
1985–86 schedule

Player stats[edit]

Note: GP= Games played; REB= Rebounds; AST= Assists; STL = Steals; BLK = Blocks; PTS = Points; AVG = Average

Player GP REB AST STL BLK PTS AVG

Transactions[edit]

Trades[edit]

June 18, 1985
(Draft day)
To Cleveland Cavaliers
Draft rights to Keith Lee
Ennis Whatley
To Chicago Bulls
Draft rights to Charles Oakley
Draft rights to Calvin Duncan
December 10, 1985 To Cleveland Cavaliers
1987 fourth-round pick
To Indiana Pacers
Ron Anderson
February 10, 1986 To Cleveland Cavaliers
Eddie Johnson
To Atlanta Hawks
Johnny Davis
June 16, 1986 To Cleveland Cavaliers
1986 first-round pick
To Philadelphia 76ers
Roy Hinson
Cash considerations

Free agents[edit]

Additions
Player Date signed Former team
Derrick Rowland September 5 N/A
Dirk Minniefield September 11 Louisville Catbirds (CBA)
Ron Brewer January 11 Chicago Bulls
Ben McDonald March 4 Magia Huesca (Spain)
Subtractions
Player Reason Left New team
Mark Davis Waived Pensacola Tornados (CBA)
Kevin Williams Waived Tampa Bay Thrillers (CBA)
Derrick Rowland Waived Milwaukee Bucks
Ennis Whatley Waived Washington Bullets

References[edit]