1 Oct

Cleveland Cavaliers

  • NBA Championships: 1
  • Last NBA Championship: 2016
  • Claim to Fame: Some guy named LeBron. James is the franchise’s all-time leader in games, minutes, points, rebounds, assists, steals, win shares, and player efficiency rating.
  • Claim to Shame: Cleveland selected Anthony Bennett, the biggest bust in NBA history, with the first pick in the 2013 Draft. The UNLV product averaged 4.2 points per game in his first season and was promptly traded the following year.

The history of the Cleveland Cavaliers can be divided into two periods: Pre-LeBron and Post-LeBron.

The first period began in 1970 and was marked by years of failure and ineptitude. The Cavs won 15 games in their inaugural season and reached the playoffs just three times in their first 14 years. Things improved slightly in the late 80’s with All-Star talent like Mark Price and Brad Daugherty onboard, but that era was also marked by heartache and disappointment as the Bulls consistently sent them packing in the postseason.

Cleveland’s fortunes finally began to improve in 2003 when they drafted a local high school phenom named LeBron James. The 6’8”, 240 lb. manchild entered the league with an NBA-ready game and led the Cavs to an 18-game improvement during his rookie season. It was just a taste of things to come as LeBron would guide Cleveland to its first NBA Finals in franchise history just three years later.

LeBron took his talents to South Beach for four seasons from 2010-14, but eventually returned home and helped Cleveland capture its first NBA championship in 2016. Two more Finals appearances followed in 2017 and 2018, but Cleveland was crushed in both series by the heavily favored Warriors.

It was an expectedly down year in the Cavs second foray into the post LeBron waters, as Kevin Love spent the majority of the season injured, JR Smith was paid to stay away and the team let rookie lottery pick Collin Sexton take his lumps.

This season the team should go in a new direction as they coaxed John Beilein to the pro game after his wildly successful time as the head coach at Michigan, and will see what they have in the pairing of draftee Darius Garland alongside Sexton in the backcourt.

ATS Record

Overall Home Away
22-29-1 9-17-1 13-12-0

Over/Under Record

Overall Home Away
30-22-0 16-11-0 14-11-0

Team defense

Type Rank Season Stats
PPG 24 114.9
FG % 30 0.5
3P % 24 0.4
DREB 23 33.6
BPG 30 3.2
SPG 24 6.8

Team offense

Type Rank Season Stats
PPG 26 106
APG 25 22.3
FG % 23 0.5
3P % 19 0.4
OREB 10 10.6
TO 29 16.4

Team standings

Name Record Div Record Streak
CHI 19-33-0 6-8-0 3L
CLE 13-39-0 4-8-0 5L
DET 19-34-0 5-9-0 1W
IND 31-20-0 5-6-0 3L
MIL 43-7-0 11-0-0 2W

Team leaders

Name Score Achievement
Collin Sexton 20 Points
Tristan Thompson 10 Rebounds
Darius Garland 4 Assists
Marques Bolden 1 Steals
John Henson 1 Blocks

Injury reports

Player Injury Status Notes
Brandon Knight Knee out Knight is sidelined with a sore left knee and is not expected to play until the middle of February. Lasted Updated: 02/03/2020
Tristan Thompson Quadricep questionable Thompson was absent from the lineup during the last game due to a sore right quadriceps muscle, and it is unclear if he will line up Wednesday against the Thunder. Lasted Updated: 02/03/2020
Dylan Windler Shin out Windler is expected to miss the remainder of the 2019-20 season after surgery to repair a left tibial stress reaction. Lasted Updated: 01/13/2020
Ante Zizic Illness out Zizic is suffering from a vestibular condition. A timetable for return has yet to be established. Lasted Updated: 01/22/2020
SBT's score