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The Cleveland Cavaliers are a National Basketball Association team in Cleveland, formerly in Richfield Township, Summit County, Ohio. The franchise was founded in 1970-71 as an expansion team.

Historical Overview

Name League Primary Venue Municipality Start End
Cleveland Cavaliers National Basketball Association Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse Cleveland 1994-95
Richfield Coliseum Richfield Township, Summit County, Ohio 1974-75 1993-94
Cleveland Arena Cleveland 1970-71 1973-74

Trophy Case

  • National Basketball Association Championships: 1 (2015-16)
  • Eastern Conference Championships: 5 (2006-07, 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18)
  • Central Division Championships: 7 (1975-76, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18)
  • Playoff Berths: 22 (1975-76, 1976-77, 1977-78, 1984-85, 1987-88, 1988-89, 1989-90, 1991-92, 1992-93, 1993-94, 1994-95, 1995-96, 1997-98, 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18)

Seasons and Venues

Season Win Loss GB Finish Postseason Venues
National Basketball Association
1970-71 15 67 27 4th in Central Division
8th in Eastern Conference
Did not qualify Cleveland Arena, Cleveland (41 regular season games)
1971-72 23 59 15 4th in Central Division
7th in Eastern Conference
Did not qualify Cleveland Arena, Cleveland (41 regular season games)
1972-73 32 50 20 4th in Central Division
6th in Eastern Conference
Did not qualify Cleveland Arena, Cleveland (41 regular season games)
1973-74 29 53 18 4th in Central Division
7th in Eastern Conference
Did not qualify Cleveland Arena, Cleveland (41 regular season games)
1974-75 40 42 20 3rd in Central Division
6th in Eastern Conference
Did not qualify Richfield Coliseum, Richfield Township, Summit County, Ohio (41 regular season games)
1975-76 49 33 0 1st in Central Division
2nd in Eastern Conference
Defeated Washington Bullets 4-3 (best-of-seven)
Defeated by Boston Celtics 4-2 (best-of-seven)
Richfield Coliseum, Richfield Township, Summit County, Ohio (41 regular season games + seven postseason games)
1976-77 43 39 6 4th in Central Division
6th in Eastern Conference
Defeated by Washington Bullets 2-1 (best-of-three) Richfield Coliseum, Richfield Township, Summit County, Ohio (41 regular season games + one postseason game)
1977-78 43 39 9 3rd in Central Division
4th in Eastern Conference
Defeated by New York Knickerbockers 2-0 (best-of-three) Richfield Coliseum, Richfield Township, Summit County, Ohio (41 regular season games + one postseason game)
1978-79 30 52 18 4th in Central Division
8th in Eastern Conference
Did not qualify Richfield Coliseum, Richfield Township, Summit County, Ohio (41 regular season games)
1979-80 37 45 13 4th in Central Division
8th in Eastern Conference
Did not qualify Richfield Coliseum, Richfield Township, Summit County, Ohio (41 regular season games)
1980-81 28 54 32 5th in Central Division
9th in Eastern Conference
Did not qualify Richfield Coliseum, Richfield Township, Summit County, Ohio (41 regular season games)
1981-82 15 67 40 6th in Central Division
11th in Eastern Conference
Did not qualify Richfield Coliseum, Richfield Township, Summit County, Ohio (41 regular season games)
1982-83 23 59 28 5th in Central Division
10th in Eastern Conference
Did not qualify Richfield Coliseum, Richfield Township, Summit County, Ohio (41 regular season games)
1983-84 28 54 22 4th in Central Division
9th in Eastern Conference
Did not qualify Richfield Coliseum, Richfield Township, Summit County, Ohio (41 regular season games)
1984-85 36 46 23 4th in Central Division
8th in Eastern Conference
Defeated by Boston Celtics 3-1 (best-of-five) Richfield Coliseum, Richfield Township, Summit County, Ohio (41 regular season games + two postseason games)
1985-86 29 53 28 5th in Central Division
9th in Eastern Conference
Did not qualify Richfield Coliseum, Richfield Township, Summit County, Ohio (41 regular season games)
1986-87 31 51 26 6th in Central Division
9th in Eastern Conference
Did not qualify Richfield Coliseum, Richfield Township, Summit County, Ohio (41 regular season games)
1987-88 42 40 12 5th in Central Division
6th in Eastern Conference
Defeated by Chicago Bulls 3-2 (best-of-five) Richfield Coliseum, Richfield Township, Summit County, Ohio (41 regular season games + two postseason games)
1988-89 57 25 6 2nd in Central Division
3rd in Eastern Conference
Defeated by Chicago Bulls 3-2 (best-of-five) Richfield Coliseum, Richfield Township, Summit County, Ohio (41 regular season games + three postseason games)
1989-90 42 40 17 4th in Central Division
7th in Eastern Conference
Defeated by Philadelphia 76ers 3-2 (best-of-five) Richfield Coliseum, Richfield Township, Summit County, Ohio (41 regular season games + two postseason games)
1990-91 33 49 28 6th in Central Division
9th in Eastern Conference
Did not qualify Richfield Coliseum, Richfield Township, Summit County, Ohio (41 regular season games)
1991-92 57 25 10 2nd in Central Division
3rd in Eastern Conference
Defeated New Jersey Nets 3-1 (best-of-five)
Defeated Boston Celtics 4-3 (best-of-seven)
Defeated by Chicago Bulls 4-2 (best-of-seven)
Richfield Coliseum, Richfield Township, Summit County, Ohio (41 regular season games + nine postseason games)
1992-93 54 28 3 2nd in Central Division
3rd in Eastern Conference
Defeated New Jersey Nets 3-2 (best-of-five)
Defeated by Chicago Bulls 4-0 (best-of-seven)
Richfield Coliseum, Richfield Township, Summit County, Ohio (41 regular season games + five postseason games)
1993-94 47 35 10 4th in Central Division
6th in Eastern Conference
Defeated by Chicago Bulls 3-0 (best-of-five) Richfield Coliseum, Richfield Township, Summit County, Ohio (41 regular season games + one postseason game)
1994-95 43 39 9 4th in Central Division
6th in Eastern Conference
Defeated by New York Knickerbockers 3-1 (best-of-five) Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, Cleveland (41 regular season games + two postseason games)
1995-96 47 35 25 3rd in Central Division
4th in Eastern Conference
Defeated by New York Knickerbockers 3-0 (best-of-five) Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, Cleveland (41 regular season games + two postseason games)
1996-97 42 40 27 5th in Central Division
9th in Eastern Conference
Did not qualify Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, Cleveland (41 regular season games)
1997-98 47 35 15 5th in Central Division
6th in Eastern Conference
Defeated by Indiana Pacers 3-1 (best-of-five) Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, Cleveland (41 regular season games + two postseason games)
1999 22 28 11 7th in Central Division
11th in Eastern Conference
Did not qualify Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, Cleveland (25 regular season games)
1999-2000 32 50 24 6th in Central Division
11th in Eastern Conference
Did not qualify Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, Cleveland (41 regular season games)
2000-01 30 52 22 6th in Central Division
11th in Eastern Conference
Did not qualify Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, Cleveland (41 regular season games)
2001-02 29 53 21 7th in Central Division
14th in Eastern Conference
Did not qualify Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, Cleveland (41 regular season games)
2002-03 17 65 33 8th in Central Division
15th in Eastern Conference
Did not qualify Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, Cleveland (41 regular season games)
2003-04 35 47 26 5th in Central Division
9th in Eastern Conference
Did not qualify Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, Cleveland (41 regular season games)
2004-05 42 40 12 4th in Central Division
9th in Eastern Conference
Did not qualify Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, Cleveland (41 regular season games)
2005-06 50 32 14 2nd in Central Division
4th in Eastern Conference
Defeated Washington Wizards 4-2 (best-of-seven)
Defeated by Detroit Pistons 4-3 (best-of-seven)
Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, Cleveland (41 regular season games + six postseason games)
2006-07 50 32 3 2nd in Central Division
2nd in Eastern Conference
Defeated Washington Wizards 4-0 (best-of-seven)
Defeated New Jersey Nets 4-2 (best-of-seven)
Defeated Detroit Pistons 4-2 (best-of-seven)
Defeated by San Antonio Spurs 4-0 (best-of-seven)
Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, Cleveland (41 regular season games + 10 postseason games)
2007-08 45 37 14 2nd in Central Division
4th in Eastern Conference
Defeated Washington Wizards 4-2 (best-of-seven)
Defeated by Boston Celtics 4-3 (best-of-seven)
Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, Cleveland (41 regular season games + six postseason games)
2008-09 66 16 0 1st in Central Division
1st in Eastern Conference
Defeated Detroit Pistons 4-0 (best-of-seven)
Defeated Atlanta Hawks 4-0 (best-of-seven)
Defeated by Orlando Magic 4-2 (best-of-seven)
Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, Cleveland (41 regular season games + seven postseason games)
2009-10 61 21 0 1st in Central Division
1st in Eastern Conference
Defeated Chicago Bulls 4-1 (best-of-seven)
Defeated by Boston Celtics 4-2 (best-of-seven)
Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, Cleveland (41 regular season games)
2010-11 19 63 43 5th in Central Division
15th in Eastern Conference
Did not qualify Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, Cleveland (41 regular season games)
2011-12 21 45 29 5th in Central Division
13th in Eastern Conference
Did not qualify Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, Cleveland (33 regular season games)
2012-13 24 58 25.5 5th in Central Division
15th in Eastern Conference
Did not qualify Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, Cleveland (41 regular season games)
2013-14 33 49 23 3rd in Central Division
10th in Eastern Conference
Did not qualify Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, Cleveland (41 regular season games)
2014-15 53 29 0 1st in Central Division
2nd in Eastern Conference
Defeated Boston Celtics 4-0 (best-of-seven)
Defeated Chicago Bulls 4-2 (best-of-seven)
Defeated Atlanta Hawks 4-0 (best-of-seven)
Defeated by Golden State Warriors 4-2 (best-of-seven)
Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, Cleveland (41 regular season games + 10 postseason games)
2015-16 57 25 0 1st in Central Division
1st in Eastern Conference
Defeated Detroit Pistons 4-0 (best-of-seven)
Defeated Atlanta Hawks 4-0 (best-of-seven)
Defeated Toronto Raptors 4-2 (best-of-seven)
Defeated Golden State Warriors 4-3 (best-of-seven)
Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, Cleveland (41 regular season games + 10 postseason games)
2016-17 51 31 0 1st in Central Division
2nd in Eastern Conference
Defeated Indiana Pacers 4-0 (best-of-seven)
Defeated Toronto Raptors 4-0 (best-of-seven)
Defeated Boston Celtics 4-1 (best-of-seven)
Defeated by Golden State Warriors 4-1 (best-of-seven)
Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, Cleveland (41 regular season games + eight postseason games)
2017-18 50 32 0 1st in Central Division
4th in Eastern Conference
Defeated Indiana Pacers 4-3 (best-of-seven)
Defeated Toronto Raptors 4-0 (best-of-seven)
Defeated Boston Celtics 4-3 (best-of-seven)
Defeated by Golden State Warriors 4-0 (best-of-seven)
Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, Cleveland (41 regular season games + 11 postseason games)
2018-19 19 63 41 5th in Central Division
14th in Eastern Conference
Did not qualify Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, Cleveland (41 regular season games)
2019-20 19 46 33 5th in Central Division
15th in Eastern Conference
Did not qualify Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, Cleveland (36 regular season games)