List of Cleveland Cavaliers seasons

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Quicken Loans Arena, home of the Cleveland Cavaliers since 1994.

The Cleveland Cavaliers (also known as the Cavs) are an American professional basketball team based in Cleveland, Ohio. They began playing in the National Basketball Association (NBA) in 1970. This list summarizes the team's season-by-season records, including post-season, and includes select season-end awards won by the team's players and/or coaches. The Cavaliers were founded in 1970 as an expansion franchise and since their first season, they have always played in the Central Division and in the Eastern Conference.[1]

On October 14, 1970, the Cavs lost to the Buffalo Braves 92-107 in their first game.[2] They have been awarded the first overall draft pick six times, choosing Austin Carr in 1971, Brad Daugherty in 1986, LeBron James in 2003, Kyrie Irving in 2011, Anthony Bennett in 2013 and Andrew Wiggins in 2014.[3] In his last season with the Cavs, Carr won the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award, the only Cavalier to ever win the award.[4] As a Cavalier, LeBron won Rookie of the Year as well as four MVP awards and two All Star Game MVP awards. He also led the Cavaliers to three NBA Finals and won the 2016 title as Finals MVP.[5] Cleveland's next first overall pick after James, Kyrie Irving, won Rookie of the Year in 2012 and NBA All-Star Game MVP in 2014.[6]

In their 45 seasons, the Cavs have achieved a winning record 20 times. Highlights include 19 playoff appearances, which included winning the Central Division championship five times (1975–76, 2008–09, 2009-10, 2014-15, and 2015-16), winning the Eastern Conference championship three times (2006–07, 2014-15, and 2015-16), winning the NBA Title in 2016.[1][7] In five straight playoff appearances with LeBron James in his first tenure with Cleveland, the Cavs won more playoff games than they lost each season, something they only ever managed, barely, once before, in the 1991-92 season. Overall, their winning percentage through the years is .456, with 1660 wins and 1967 losses in regular season play (as of March 13, 2015). They are 84 and 84 in the playoffs, a winning percentage of .500.

Key[edit]

Man in the air with basketball in hands
LeBron James has won Rookie of the Year, Two MVPs, two All Star Game MVPs, and One Finals MVP as a Cavalier.
Finish Final position in league or division standings
(No.) Number of games the coach coached
Italics Season in progress
Losses Number of regular season losses
AMVP All-Star Game Most Valuable Player
COY Coach of the Year
EOY Executive of the Year
MVP Most Valuable Player
FMVP NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award
ROY Rookie of the Year
SPOR Sportsmanship Award
JWKC J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award
NBA Champions
Conference Champions
Division Champions
Playoff berth

Seasons[edit]

Note: Statistics are correct as of the 2015–16 season.

Season League Conference Finish Division Finish Wins Losses Win% GB Playoffs Awards Ref.
1970–71 NBA Eastern 8th Central 4th 15 67 .183 27 [8]
1971–72 NBA Eastern 7th Central 4th 23 59 .280 15 [9]
1972–73 NBA Eastern 6th Central 4th 32 50 .390 20 [10]
1973–74 NBA Eastern 7th Central 4th 29 53 .354 18 [11]
1974–75 NBA Eastern 6th Central 3rd 40 42 .488 20 [12]
1975–76 NBA Eastern 2nd Central 1st 49 33 .598 Won Conference Semifinals (Bullets) 4–3
Lost Conference Finals (Celtics) 4–2
Bill Fitch (COY) [13]
1976–77 NBA Eastern 6th Central 4th 43 39 .524 6 Lost First Round (Bullets) 2–1 [14]
1977–78 NBA Eastern 4th Central 3rd 43 39 .524 9 Lost First Round (Knicks) 2–0 [15]
1978–79 NBA Eastern 8th Central 5th[nb 1] 30 52 .366 18 [17]
1979–80 NBA Eastern 8th Central 5th[nb 2] 37 45 .451 13 Austin Carr (JWKC) [19]
1980–81 NBA Eastern 9th Central 5th 28 54 .341 32 [20]
1981–82 NBA Eastern 11th Central 6th 15 67 .183 40 [21]
1982–83 NBA Eastern 10th Central 5th 23 59 .280 28 [22]
1983–84 NBA Eastern 9th Central 4th 28 54 .341 22 [23]
1984–85 NBA Eastern 8th Central 4th 36 46 .439 23 Lost First Round (Celtics) 3–1 [24]
1985–86 NBA Eastern 9th Central 5th 29 53 .354 28 [25]
1986–87 NBA Eastern 9th Central 6th 31 51 .380 26 [26]
1987–88 NBA Eastern 6th Central 5th[nb 3] 42 40 .512 12 Lost First Round (Bulls) 3–2 [28]
1988–89 NBA Eastern 3rd Central 2nd 57 25 .695 6 Lost First Round (Bulls) 3–2 [29]
1989–90 NBA Eastern 7th Central 4th[nb 4] 42 40 .512 17 Lost First Round (76ers) 3–2 [31]
1990–91 NBA Eastern 9th Central 6th 33 49 .402 28 [32]
1991–92 NBA Eastern 3rd Central 2nd 57 25 .695 10 Won First Round (Nets) 3–1
Won Conference Semifinals (Celtics) 4–3
Lost Conference Finals (Bulls) 4–2
Wayne Embry (EOY) [33]
1992–93 NBA Eastern 3rd Central 2nd 54 28 .658 3 Won First Round (Nets) 3–2
Lost Conference Semifinals (Bulls) 4–0
[34]
1993–94 NBA Eastern 6th Central 4th[nb 5] 47 35 .573 10 Lost First Round (Bulls) 3–0 [36]
1994–95 NBA Eastern 6th Central 4th 43 39 .524 9 Lost First Round (Knicks) 3–1 [37]
1995–96 NBA Eastern 4th Central 3rd 47 35 .573 25 Lost First Round (Knicks) 3–0 [38]
1996–97 NBA Eastern 9th Central 5th 42 40 .512 27 Terrell Brandon (SPOR) [39]
1997–98 NBA Eastern 6th Central 5th 47 35 .573 15 Lost First Round (Pacers) 3–1 Wayne Embry (EOY) [40]
1998–99[nb 6] NBA Eastern 11th Central 7th 22 28 .440 11 [41]
1999–00 NBA Eastern 11th Central 6th 32 50 .390 24 [42]
2000–01 NBA Eastern 11th Central 6th 30 52 .366 22 [43]
2001–02 NBA Eastern 14th Central 7th 29 53 .354 21 [44]
2002–03 NBA Eastern 15th Central 8th 17 65 .207 33 [45]
2003–04 NBA Eastern 9th Central 5th 35 47 .427 26 LeBron James (ROY) [46]
2004–05 NBA Eastern 9th Central 4th 42 40 .512 12 Eric Snow (JWKC) [47]
2005–06 NBA Eastern 4th Central 2nd 50 32 .610 14 Won First Round (Wizards) 4–2
Lost Conference Semifinals (Pistons) 4–3
LeBron James (AMVP) [48]
2006–07 NBA Eastern 2nd Central 2nd 50 32 .610 3 Won First Round (Wizards) 4–0
Won Conference Semifinals (Nets) 4–2
Won Conference Finals (Pistons) 4–2
Lost NBA Finals (Spurs) 4–0
[49]
2007–08 NBA Eastern 4th Central 2nd 45 37 .549 14 Won First Round (Wizards) 4–2
Lost Conference Semifinals (Celtics) 4–3
LeBron James (AMVP) [50]
2008–09 NBA Eastern 1st Central 1st 66 16 .805 Won First Round (Pistons) 4–0
Won Conference Semifinals (Hawks) 4–0
Lost Conference Finals (Magic) 4–2
LeBron James (MVP)
Mike Brown (COY)
[51]
2009–10 NBA Eastern 1st Central 1st 61 21 .744 Won First Round (Bulls) 4–1
Lost Conference Semifinals (Celtics) 4–2
LeBron James (MVP) [52]
2010–11 NBA Eastern 15th Central 5th 19 63 .232 43 [53]
2011–12[nb 7] NBA Eastern 13th Central 5th 21 45 .318 29 Kyrie Irving (ROY) [54]
2012–13 NBA Eastern 13th Central 5th 24 58 .293 25.5 [55]
2013–14 NBA Eastern 10th Central 3rd 33 49 .402 23 Kyrie Irving (AMVP)
Luol Deng (JWKC)
[56]
2014–15 NBA Eastern 2nd Central 1st 53 29 .646 Won First Round (Celtics) 4–0
Won Conference Semifinals (Bulls) 4–2
Won Conference Finals (Hawks) 4–0
Lost NBA Finals (Warriors) 4–2
[57]
2015–16 NBA Eastern 1st Central 1st 57 25 .695 Won First Round (Pistons) 4–0
Won Conference Semifinals (Hawks) 4–0
Won Conference Finals (Raptors) 4–2
Won NBA Finals (Warriors) 4–3
LeBron James (FMVP) [58]

All-time records[edit]

Statistic Wins Losses Win%
Regular season results 1728 1996 .464
Post-season results 100 89 .529
Regular and post-season results 1828 2085 .467

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The Cavaliers and the Pistons ended the 1978–79 season with identical 30–52 records.[16]
  2. ^ The Cavaliers and the Pacers ended the 1979–80 season with identical 37–45 records.[18]
  3. ^ The Cavaliers and the Bucks ended the 1987–88 season with identical 42–40 records.[27]
  4. ^ The Cavaliers and the Pacers ended the 1989–90 season with identical 42–40 records.[30]
  5. ^ The Cavaliers and the Pacers ended the 1993–94 season with identical 47–35 records.[35]
  6. ^ Due to the circumstances of a lockout, the 1998–99 season was shortened to 50 games, with teams beginning play on February 5, 1999.
  7. ^ Due to the circumstances of a lockout, the 2011–12 season was shortened to 66 games, with teams beginning play on December 25, 2011.

References[edit]

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