2005–06 Cleveland Cavaliers season
|2005–06 Cleveland Cavaliers season|
|Head coach||Mike Brown|
|General manager||Danny Ferry|
|Arena||Quicken Loans Arena|
Division: 2nd (Central)|
Conference: 4th (Eastern)
Conference Semifinals |
(Lost to Pistons 3–4)
|Television||FSN Ohio · WUAB|
The 2005–06 Cleveland Cavaliers season was the 36th season of NBA basketball in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cavaliers finished the season with a 50–32 record, and a second-place finish in the Central Division, returning to the playoffs since 1998. In the playoffs, the Cavaliers defeated the Washington Wizards in six games in the first round and reached the semi-finals of the Eastern Conference where they lost in seven games to the Detroit Pistons. LeBron James was the team's leading scorer and was named to the All-NBA first team. He was also selected to play in the 2006 NBA All-Star Game where he was the game's MVP.
- On June 2, owner Dan Gilbert named Mike Brown the 17th head coach in team history.
- On June 27, Gilbert named Danny Ferry the 8th general manager in team history.
- On June 28, the 2005 NBA draft took place in New York City.
- In July, the free agency period began.
- On October 10, the Cavaliers' preseason began with a 116–94 win over Washington.
- On November 2, the Cavaliers' season began with a 109–87 win over New Orleans.
- On February 13, the Cavaliers defeated the NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs.
- On March 29, the Cavaliers clinched their first playoff berth in seven years.
- On April 9, the Cavaliers clinched home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
- On May 5, the Cavs advanced to the second round of the playoffs for the first time in 12 years.
- On May 21, the Cavaliers' season ended in a second-round loss to the Detroit Pistons.
- 1 Offseason
- 2 Draft picks
- 3 Roster
- 4 Regular season
- 5 Game log
- 6 Player stats
- 7 Awards and records
- 8 Transactions
- 9 Playoffs
- 10 References
|June 28, 2005
||To Cleveland Cavaliers
2006 2nd round draft pick
|To Milwaukee Bucks |
|June 29, 2005
||To Cleveland Cavaliers
Rights to Martynas Andriuskevicius
|To Orlando Magic |
2006 2nd round draft pick and cash
Cleveland did not have a draft pick in the 2005 NBA Draft due to trades from previous seasons.
- 1st round pick (#13) traded to Phoenix in Wesley Person deal, sent to Charlotte as part of expansion selection. Used to draft Sean May.
- 2nd round pick (#44) traded to Orlando in Drew Gooden deal. Used to draft Martynas Andriuskevicius who was traded back to Cleveland.
Cleveland Cavaliers roster
Regular depth chart
|3||y-New Jersey Nets||49||33||.598||15|
|15||New York Knicks||23||59||.280||41|
Record vs. opponents
|2005-06 NBA Records|
|New Orleans/Oklahoma City||1–1||0–2||2–0||1–1||0–2||0–4||1–2||0–2||2–1||3–1||0–2||2–1||1–3||3–1||1–1||1–1||2–1||0–2||—||2–0||1–1||1–1||1–3||3–1||2–2||1–3||3–1||2–0||1–3||1–1|
Record: 10–4; Home: 7–1; Road: 3–3
|1||November 2, 2005||Hornets||87–109||Cavaliers||NA||LeBron James (31)||20,562||1–0|
|2||November 4, 2005||Cavaliers||76–102||Spurs||NA||LeBron James (20)||18,797||1–1|
|3||November 5, 2005||Cavaliers||106–113||Grizzlies||NA||LeBron James (36)||17,368||1–2|
|4||November 7, 2005||Cavaliers||105–93||Raptors||NA||LeBron James (27)||18,281||2–2|
|5||November 9, 2005||SuperSonics||85–112||Cavaliers||NA||LeBron James (31)||19,564||3–2|
|6||November 11, 2005||Grizzlies||70–89||Cavaliers||NA||LeBron James (16)||4–2|
|7||November 13, 2005||Cavaliers||108–100||Magic||1||LeBron James (26)||5–2|
|8||November 15, 2005||Wizards||99–114||Cavaliers||NA||LeBron James (37)||6–2|
|9||November 18, 2005||Magic||84–102||Cavaliers||NA||Zydrunas Ilgauskas (22)||7–2|
|10||November 19, 2005||Cavaliers||123–120||Sixers||NA||Larry Hughes (37)||8–2|
|11||November 22, 2005||Celtics||93–115||Cavaliers||NA||LeBron James (36)||9–2|
|12||November 24, 2005||Cavaliers||76–98||Pacers||NA||LeBron James (19)||9–3|
|13||November 26, 2005||Timberwolves||89–85||Cavaliers||NA||LeBron James (38)||9–4|
|14||November 30, 2005||Clippers||105–112||Cavaliers||1||Zydrunas Ilgauskas (29)||10–4|
Record: 8–6; Home: 6–2; Road: 2–4
|15||December 2, 2005||Cavaliers||108–115||SuperSonics||NA||LeBron James (34)||10–5|
|16||December 3, 2005||Cavaliers||90–102||Clippers||NA||LeBron James (30)||10–6|
|17||December 6, 2005||Cavaliers||102–97||Kings||NA||LeBron James (30)||11–6|
|18||December 9, 2005||Nets||109–100||Cavaliers||NA||LeBron James (32)||11–7|
|19||December 10, 2005||Cavaliers||106–111||Bucks||NA||LeBron James (52)||11–8|
|20||December 13, 2005||Hawks||100–94||Cavaliers||NA||LeBron James (39)||11–9|
|21||December 15, 2005||Nuggets||85–94||Cavaliers||NA||LeBron James (26)||12–9|
|22||December 17, 2005||Heat||107–115||Cavaliers||NA||LeBron James (41)||13–9|
|23||December 20, 2005||Jazz||85–110||Cavaliers||NA||LeBron James (25)||14–9|
|24||December 22, 2005||Cavaliers||108–100||Bulls||NA||LeBron James (37)||15–9|
|25||December 23, 2005||Pacers||89–94||Cavaliers||NA||Drew Gooden (21)||16–9|
|26||December 26, 2005||Bulls||91–102||Cavaliers||NA||LeBron James (32)||17–9|
|27||December 27, 2005||Cavaliers||91–96||Nets||NA||LeBron James (31)||17–10|
|28||December 31, 2005||Pistons||84–97||Cavaliers||NA||LeBron James (30)||18–10|
Record: 8–7; Home: 3–2; Road: 5–5
|29||January 4, 2006||Cavaliers||91–84||Bucks||NA||LeBron James (32)||19–10|
|30||January 5, 2006||Rockets||90–81||Cavaliers||NA||LeBron James (32)||19–11|
|31||January 7, 2006||Bucks||88–96||Cavaliers||NA||LeBron James (35)||20–11|
|32||January 10, 2006||Knicks||92–84||Cavaliers||NA||LeBron James (36)||20–12|
|33||January 12, 2006||Cavaliers||98–99||Lakers||NA||Zydrunas Ilgauskas (29)||20–13|
|34||January 14, 2006||Cavaliers||106–115||Suns||NA||LeBron James (46)||20–14|
|35||January 15, 2006||Cavaliers||87–89||Trail Blazers||NA||LeBron James (29)||20–15|
|36||January 18, 2006||Cavaliers||89–90||Nuggets||NA||LeBron James (24)||20–16|
|37||January 20, 2006||Cavaliers||79–99||Warriors||NA||Drew Gooden (16)||20–17|
|38||January 21, 2006||Cavaliers||108–90||Jazz||NA||LeBron James (51)||21–17|
|39||January 24, 2006||Pacers||66–96||Cavaliers||NA||LeBron James (23)||22–17|
|40||January 25, 2006||Cavaliers||106–97||Hawks||NA||LeBron James (38)||23–17|
|41||January 27, 2006||Cavaliers||93–89||Pacers||NA||LeBron James (30)||24–17|
|42||January 29, 2006||Suns||106–113||Cavaliers||NA||LeBron James (44)||25–17|
|43||January 30, 2006||Cavaliers||103–91||Bobcats||NA||LeBron James (30)||26–17|
Record: 6–8; Home: 4–4; Road: 2–4
|44||February 1, 2006||Nets||85–91||Cavaliers||NA||LeBron James (26)||27–17|
|45||February 2, 2006||Cavaliers||73–101||Heat||NA||LeBron James (29)||27–18|
|46||February 4, 2006||Sixers||100–95||Cavaliers||NA||LeBron James (31)||27–19|
|47||February 6, 2006||Bucks||86–89||Cavaliers||NA||LeBron James (22)||28–19|
|48||February 8, 2006||Cavaliers||97–91||Timberwolves||NA||LeBron James (35)||29–19|
|49||February 10, 2006||Cavaliers||89–101||Wizards||NA||LeBron James (18)||29–20|
|50||February 11, 2006||Warriors||99–91||Cavaliers||NA||LeBron James (33)||29–21|
|51||February 13, 2006||Spurs||87–101||Cavaliers||NA||LeBron James (44)||30–21|
|52||February 15, 2006||Cavaliers||113–109||Celtics||2||LeBron James (43)||31–21|
|53||February 21, 2006||Magic||92–105||Cavaliers||NA||LeBron James (26)||32–21|
|54||February 22, 2006||Cavaliers||107–116||Sixers||NA||LeBron James (33)||32–22|
|55||February 24, 2006||Wizards||102–94||Cavaliers||NA||LeBron James (25)||32–23|
|56||February 26, 2006||Cavaliers||78–90||Pistons||NA||LeBron James (22)||32–24|
|57||February 27, 2006||Pistons||84–72||Cavaliers||NA||LeBron James (26)||32–25|
Record: 10–4; Home: 7–1; Road: 3–3
|58||March 1, 2006||Kings||97–90||Cavaliers||NA||Three-way tie (19)||32–26|
|59||March 2, 2006||Cavaliers||92–91||Bulls||NA||LeBron James (33)||33–26|
|60||March 5, 2006||Bulls||72–91||Cavaliers||NA||LeBron James (37)||34–26|
|61||March 7, 2006||Raptors||99–106||Cavaliers||NA||Ronald Murray (24)||35–26|
|62||March 8, 2006||Cavaliers||98–97||Raptors||NA||LeBron James (35)||36–26|
|63||March 10, 2006||Cavaliers||73–102||Magic||NA||LeBron James (25)||36–27|
|64||March 12, 2006||Cavaliers||92–98||Heat||NA||LeBron James (47)||36–28|
|65||March 14, 2006||Cavaliers||87–91||Mavericks||NA||LeBron James (36)||36–29|
|66||March 17, 2006||Trail Blazers||84–99||Cavaliers||NA||LeBron James (27)||37–29|
|67||March 19, 2006||Lakers||95–96||Cavaliers||NA||LeBron James (29)||38–29|
|68||March 22, 2006||Bobcats||118–120||Cavaliers||1||LeBron James (37)||39–29|
|69||March 24, 2006||Celtics||82–94||Cavaliers||NA||LeBron James (36)||40–29|
|70||March 26, 2006||Cavaliers||104–102||Rockets||1||LeBron James (36)||41–29|
|71||March 29, 2006||Mavericks||94–107||Cavaliers||NA||LeBron James (46)||42–29|
Record: 8–3; Home: 4–0; Road: 4–3
|72||April 1, 2006||Heat||99–106||Cavaliers||NA||LeBron James (47)||43–29|
|73||April 2, 2006||Cavaliers||101–97||Bobcats||NA||LeBron James (35)||44–29|
|74||April 4, 2006||Sixers||91–124||Cavaliers||NA||LeBron James (37)||45–29|
|75||April 5, 2006||Cavaliers||94–96||Knicks||NA||LeBron James (36)||45–30|
|76||April 8, 2006||Cavaliers||108–102||Nets||NA||LeBron James (37)||46–30|
|77||April 10, 2006||Cavaliers||103–101||Hornets||NA||LeBron James (32)||47–30|
|78||April 12, 2006||Cavaliers||73–96||Pistons||NA||LeBron James (22)||47–31|
|79||April 13, 2006||Knicks||87–91||Cavaliers||NA||Larry Hughes (26)||48–31|
|80||April 16, 2006||Cavaliers||92–104||Wizards||NA||LeBron James (17)||48–32|
|81||April 17, 2006||Cavaliers||93–88||Celtics||NA||Larry Hughes (21)||49–32|
|82||April 19, 2006||Hawks||99–100||Cavaliers||NA||Ronald Murray (19)||50–32|
- Green background indicates win.
- Red background indicates loss.
|2005–06 game log|
Total: 50–32 (Home: 30–11; Road: 20–21)
November: 10–4 (Home: 7–1; Road: 3–3)
December : 8–6 (Home: 6–2; Road: 2–4)
January : 8–7 (Home: 3–2; Road: 5–5)
February : 6–8 (Home: 4–4; Road: 2–4)
March : 10–4 (Home: 7–1; Road: 3–3)
April : 8–3 (Home: 4–0; Road: 4–3)
Note: GP= Games played; GS = Games started; MIN= Minutes; FG% = field goal %, FT% = free throw %, 3FG% = 3 point % STL= Steals; BLK = Blocks; AST = Assists; REB = Rebounds; PTS = Points
Awards and records
- LeBron James was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played from November 14 through November 20.
- LeBron James was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played from January 24 through January 30.
- LeBron James was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played from March 14 through March 20.
- LeBron James was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played from March 21 through March 27.
- LeBron James was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played from March 27 through April 2. He became the first player in NBA history to win the award three consecutive weeks.
- LeBron James was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Month for the month of November, the third time he has won the award.
- LeBron James was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Month for the month of March, the fourth time he has won the award.
- LeBron James was named to the All-NBA first team. James is the youngest first-teamer in NBA history and only the second Cavalier (Mark Price) to receive the honors.
- LeBron James finished in 2nd place in league MVP voting (Steve Nash).
- On November 19, vs. the Philadelphia 76ers, Larry Hughes (37) and LeBron James (36) became the first two teammates in franchise history to score 35 points or more in the same game.
- LeBron James set the franchise single-season record for points with 2,478.
- LeBron James set other franchise records for: scoring average (31.4), field goals made (875), field goals attempted (1873), free throws made (601), and free throws attempted (841).
- LeBron James set the franchise record for points in a single postseason with 400.
- In Game 6 of the Washington Wizards First Round series, the team set a franchise record for bench points with 57.
- LeBron James set the franchise record for points in a single postseason series with 214.
- Mike Brown became the first coach in franchise history to win a playoff series in his first year.
- For the season, LeBron James led the team in scoring for a game 72 times, a franchise record.
- The Cavaliers finished the season 5–0 in overtime games, a franchise record for wins and %.
- On November 13, LeBron James became the youngest player in NBA history to score 4,000 career points (20 years, 318 days).
- On January 21, LeBron James became the youngest player in NBA history to score 5,000 career points (21 years, 22 days).
- On March 29, LeBron James became the youngest player in NBA history to score 6,000 career points (21 years, 89 days).
- On April 13, Mike Brown won his 48th game as head coach, the most by a rookie coach in franchise history.
- For the season, LeBron James made 19/29 field goals attempts in the last two minutes of a one-possession game. He led the league in that statistic.
- LeBron James came in third in Eastern Conference votes received and was voted in as a starter for the 2006 NBA All-Star Game for the 2nd time in his career. He became the first Cavalier in team history to start multiple All-Star games and the 7th to play in multiple games.
- LeBron James became the youngest All-Star Game MVP in NBA history with 29 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists in the East's 122–120 win.
- LeBron James participated in the Skills Challenge and finished in 2nd place.
- LeBron James led his team in points, rebounds and assists in a game 16 times, a league-high.
|February 23, 2006
||To Cleveland Cavaliers
|To Seattle SuperSonics |
Mike Wilks and cash considerations
|February 23, 2006
||To Cleveland Cavaliers
Lee Nailon and a 2nd round pick
|To Philadelphia 76ers |
2nd round pick
*Waived by team mid-season and later re-signed to two 10-day contracts.
**Signed to two successive 10-day contracts and then the remainder of the season.
***Traded for and then immediately waived before playing in a game.
- On January 22, Martynas Andriuskevicius was assigned to the NBDL's Arkansas Rimrockers.
- On February 1, Martynas Andriuskevicius was recalled from the Rimrockers.
- On March 2, Martynas Andriuskevicius was reassigned to the Rimrockers.
- On March 6, Martynas Andriuskevicius was recalled from the Rimrockers.
- On March 16, Martynas Andriuskevicius was reassigned to the Rimrockers.
- On April 12, Martynas Andriuskevicius was recalled from the Rimrockers.
|2006 playoff game log|
Eastern Conference First Round: 4–2 (Home: 2–1; Road: 2–1)
Eastern Conference Semifinals: 4–3 (Home: 3–1; Road: 1–2)
|1||April 22||Washington||86||Cleveland||97||1–0||Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio||ABC 3:00et||1|
|2||April 25||Washington||89||Cleveland||84||1–1||Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio||TNT 7:00et||2|
|3||April 28||Cleveland||97||Washington||96||2–1||Verizon Center, Washington, D.C.||ESPN 8:00et||3|
|4||April 30||Cleveland||96||Washington||106||2–2||Verizon Center, Washington, D.C.||TNT 8:00et||4|
|5*||May 3||Washington||120||Cleveland||121||3–2||Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio||TNT 8:30et||5|
|6*||May 5||Cleveland||114||Washington||113||4–2||Verizon Center, Washington, D.C.||ESPN 8:00et||6|
|Cleveland wins series 4–2 |
|1||May 7||Cleveland||86||Detroit||113||1–0||Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan||ABC 3:30et||1|
|2||May 9||Cleveland||91||Detroit||97||2–0||Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan||TNT 7:00et||2|
|3||May 13||Detroit||77||Cleveland||86||2–1||Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio||ESPN 5:00et||3|
|4||May 15||Detroit||72||Cleveland||74||2–2||Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio||TNT 7:00et||4|
|5||May 17||Cleveland||86||Detroit||84||2–3||Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan||TNT 7:00et||5|
|6||May 19||Detroit||84||Cleveland||82||3–3||Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio||ESPN 7:00et||6|
|7||May 21||Cleveland||61||Detroit||79||4–3||Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan||ABC 3:30et||7|
|Detroit wins series 4–3 |
2006 marked the first time LeBron James made the playoffs in his career, and the first time the Cavaliers had made the playoffs since 1998 with Shawn Kemp. They came off a playoff series win vs the Wizards, while the Pistons came in off a 4–1 win vs the 8th seeded Bucks. Detroit was expected to win the series, and took a commanding two games to none lead with two wins at the Palace of Auburn Hills. James and the Cavaliers would not be intimidated however, and won their two games at home to tie the series 2–2. Coming into game 5, both teams were confident, but the Pistons were expected to pull out the win easily. The game was low scoring throughout as usual in this series, with Cleveland holding a 68 to 66 lead throughout 3 quarters. With the game tied at 84 with 26 seconds left in regulation, Drew Gooden came through and hit a layup to give Cleveland the lead that they would never squander. James led the Cavs with 32 and this brought the series to Cleveland up 3–2, quite shockingly. Detroit held on to a 2-point win to win game 6, and won game 7 at home to seal the deal, but this was the coming out party for the Cavaliers in the playoffs, scaring the 2004 champs.
- Charlotte receive Cleveland's 2005 (unconditional) first-round pick (taking Jahidi White 062204) via Phoenix receives future Cleveland first-round pick (lottery protected) Wesley Person trade 100197) – The Bobcats gained Cleveland's first-round pick in the 2005 NBA Draft (without condition). When Charlotte acquired a first-round pick from Phoenix on June 22 through the expansion selection, the Cavaliers were permitted to keep the pick if it fell within certain draft positions. With their trade for Jiri Welsh, Cleveland was forced to remove all restrictions on the '05 pick, giving the selection to the Bobcats. http://www.nbadraft.net/2005draftnotes.asp
- Tony Battie and two future 2nd round picks traded to Orlando for Drew Gooden, Steven Hunter and the rights to Anderson Varejão http://www.nbadraft.net/2005draftnotes.asp