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2015–16 Cleveland Cavaliers season
NBA champions
Conference champions
Division champions
Head coach David Blatt (fired)
Tyronn Lue
General manager David Griffin
Owner(s) Dan Gilbert
Arena Quicken Loans Arena
Results
Record 57–25 (.695)
Place Division: 1st (Central)
Conference: 1st (Eastern)
Playoff finish NBA Champions
(Defeated Warriors 4–3)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television Fox Sports Ohio
Radio WTAM · WMMS
< 2014–15 2016–17 >

The 2015–16 Cleveland Cavaliers season was the 46th season of the Cleveland Cavaliers franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Cavaliers defeated the Golden State Warriors in the 2016 NBA Finals in seven games, coming back from a 3–1 series deficit to avenge their NBA Finals loss from the year before and winning their first championship.[1] The Cavaliers' victory also marked the first championship win by a major professional sports team from Cleveland since 1964, ending a 52–year championship drought dating back to the 1964 NFL title won by the Cleveland Browns.

Regular season summary[edit]

The Cavaliers started the season strong and rose to the top of the Eastern Conference. However, despite having the best record in their conference, the team fired head coach David Blatt on January 22, 2016.[2] Assistant coach Tyronn Lue took over for the remainder of the season.[3] The Cavaliers finished the regular season with a 57–25 record and obtained the number one seed in the Eastern Conference for the first time since 2010.[4]

Postseason summary[edit]

In the first two rounds of the 2016 NBA playoffs, the Cavaliers swept the Detroit Pistons and the Atlanta Hawks, respectively.[5][6] In the Eastern Conference Finals, the Cavaliers beat the Toronto Raptors in six games.[7]

The Cavaliers lost three of the first four games of the 2016 NBA Finals to the Golden State Warriors, who had defeated Cleveland in the finals the year before.[8] In turn, the Cavaliers won Games 5 and 6 of the series to bring about a climactic Game 7 at Oracle Arena.[9]

With Game 7 tied at 89–89, LeBron James chased down and blocked Andre Iguodala's attempted lay-up in a play that became known as "The Block."[10][11] The Cavaliers ultimately won Game 7, 93–89, for the first NBA championship in franchise history.[9] No team had ever before recovered from a 3–1 deficit in an NBA Finals series.[1] James was named the unanimous NBA Finals MVP, receiving the award for the third time in his career.[10]

Draft picks[edit]

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College/Club team
1 24 Tyus Jones PG  United States Duke
2 53 Sir'Dominic Pointer SG / SF  United States St. John's

Roster[edit]

2015–16 Cleveland Cavaliers roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
PG 8 Dellavedova, Matthew 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 198 lb (90 kg) 1990–09–08 Saint Mary's
F/C 9 Frye, Channing 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 255 lb (116 kg) 1983–05–17 Arizona
PG 2 Irving, Kyrie (C) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 193 lb (88 kg) 1992–03–23 Duke
SF 23 James, LeBron (C) 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 250 lb (113 kg) 1984–12–30 St. Vincent–St. Mary HS (OH)
SF 24 Jefferson, Richard 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 233 lb (106 kg) 1980–06–21 Arizona
G/F 30 Jones, Dahntay 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1980–12–27 Duke
SF 1 Jones, James 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 218 lb (99 kg) 1980–10–04 Miami (FL)
C 14 Kaun, Sasha 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 260 lb (118 kg) 1985–05–08 Kansas
PF 0 Love, Kevin 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 251 lb (114 kg) 1988–09–07 UCLA
PG 12 McRae, Jordan 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 179 lb (81 kg) 1991–03–28 Tennessee
C 20 Mozgov, Timofey 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) 275 lb (125 kg) 1986–07–16 Russia
SG 4 Shumpert, Iman 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1990–06–26 Georgia Tech
SG 5 Smith, J. R. 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1985–09–09 St. Benedict's Prep (NJ)
PF 13 Thompson, Tristan 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 238 lb (108 kg) 1991–03–13 Texas
PG 52 Williams, Mo 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 198 lb (90 kg) 1982–12–19 Alabama
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • (DL) On assignment to D-League affiliate
  • Injured Injured

RosterTransactions
Last transaction: 2016–04–13

Standings[edit]

Eastern Conference
# Team W L PCT GB GP
1 cCleveland Cavaliers * 57 25 .695 82
2 yToronto Raptors * 56 26 .683 1.0 82
3 yMiami Heat * 48 34 .585 9.0 82
4 xAtlanta Hawks 48 34 .585 9.0 82
5 xBoston Celtics 48 34 .585 9.0 82
6 xCharlotte Hornets 48 34 .585 9.0 82
7 xIndiana Pacers 45 37 .549 12.0 82
8 xDetroit Pistons 44 38 .537 13.0 82
9 Chicago Bulls 42 40 .512 15.0 82
10 Washington Wizards 41 41 .500 16.0 82
11 Orlando Magic 35 47 .427 22.0 82
12 Milwaukee Bucks 33 49 .402 24.0 82
13 New York Knicks 32 50 .390 25.0 82
14 Brooklyn Nets 21 61 .256 36.0 82
15 Philadelphia 76ers 10 72 .122 47.0 82


Central Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div GP
cCleveland Cavaliers 57 25 .695 0.0 33–8 24–17 8–8 82
xIndiana Pacers 45 37 .549 12.0 26–15 19–22 8–8 82
xDetroit Pistons 44 38 .537 13.0 26–15 18–23 10–6 82
Chicago Bulls 42 40 .512 15.0 26–15 16–25 10–6 82
Milwaukee Bucks 33 49 .402 24.0 23–18 10–31 4–12 82


Preseason[edit]

2015 pre-season game log
Total: 1–6 (Home: 1–4; Road: 0–2)
2015–16 season schedule

Regular season game log[edit]

2015–16 game log
Total: 57–25 (Home: 33–8; Road: 24–17)
2015–16 season schedule

Playoffs[edit]

Game log[edit]

2016 playoff game log
Total: 16–5 (Home: 9–1; Road: 7–4)
2016 playoff schedule

Transactions[edit]

Trades[edit]

June 25, 2015
To Cleveland Cavaliers[12]
Rakeem Christmas
Cedi Osman
2019 Second Round Pick
To Minnesota Timberwolves
Tyus Jones
July 23, 2015
To Cleveland Cavaliers[13]
2019 Second Round Pick
To Indiana Pacers
Rakeem Christmas
July 27, 2015
To Cleveland Cavaliers[14]
Two Trade Exceptions
To Portland Trailblazers
Mike Miller
Brendan Haywood
2019 & 2020 Second Round Pick
January 12, 2016
To Cleveland Cavaliers[15]
2020 Second Round Pick
To Orlando Magic
Joe Harris
2017 Second Round Pick
February 18, 2016
To Cleveland Cavaliers[16]
Second Round Pick
To Portland Trail Blazers
Anderson Varejão[1]
First Round Pick
February 18, 2016
To Cleveland Cavaliers[16]
Channing Frye
To Orlando Magic
Jared Cunningham
Second Round Pick

Free agents[edit]

Re-signed[edit]

Player Signed Former Team
Iman Shumpert[17] Signed 4-year contract worth $40 million Cleveland Cavaliers
Kevin Love[18] Signed 5-year contract worth $110 million Cleveland Cavaliers
LeBron James[19] Signed 2-year contract worth $47.9 million Cleveland Cavaliers
James Jones[20] Signed 1-year contract worth $1.5 million Cleveland Cavaliers
Matthew Dellavedova[21] Signed 1-year contract worth $1.2 million Cleveland Cavaliers
J. R. Smith[22] Signed 2-year contract worth $10 million Cleveland Cavaliers
Tristan Thompson[23] Signed 5-year contract worth $82 million Cleveland Cavaliers

Additions[edit]

Player Signed Former Team
Mo Williams[24] Signed 2-year contract worth $4 million Charlotte Hornets
Richard Jefferson[25] Signed 1-year contract worth $1.5 million Dallas Mavericks
Sasha Kaun[26] Signed 2-year contract CSKA Moscow
Jordan McRae Signed 2-year contract Delaware 87ers / Phoenix Suns

Subtractions[edit]

Player Reason Left New Team
Shawn Marion[27] Retired N/A (Retired)
Kendrick Perkins[28] Signed 1-year contract worth $1.5 million New Orleans Pelicans
David Blatt (Head Coach)[29] Fired Darüşşafaka Doğuş

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Cavaliers become first team to rally from 3–1 series deficit in NBA Finals". ESPN. June 27, 2016. Archived from the original on 2016-06-27. 
  2. ^ Brian Windhorst; McMenamin, Dave (2016-01-23). "David Blatt and the unwinding of his Cleveland tenure". ESPN. Archived from the original on 2018-05-02. 
  3. ^ Golliver, Ben (2016-01-22). "LeBron James-David Blatt disconnect forced Cavs to make coaching change". Sports Illustrated. Archived from the original on 2018-05-02. 
  4. ^ Vardon, Joe (2016-04-11). "LeBron James clearly coveted the No. 1 seed for the Cleveland Cavaliers". cleveland.com. Archived from the original on 2018-05-02. 
  5. ^ Pandian, Ananth (2016-04-25). "Cavs put away fighting Pistons by way of sweep, await their next challenger". CBS Sports. Archived from the original on 2018-05-02. 
  6. ^ Haynes, Chris (2016-05-08). "Cleveland Cavaliers complete the sweep of Atlanta Hawks, 100-99, to move into Eastern Conference finals". cleveland.com. Archived from the original on 2018-05-02. 
  7. ^ Haynes, Chris (2016-05-27). "Cleveland Cavaliers advance to NBA Finals with 113-87 Game 6 win over Toronto". cleveland.com. Archived from the original on 2018-05-02. 
  8. ^ Cacciola, Scott (2015-06-17). "Golden State Warriors End N.B.A. Title Drought With Victory Over Cavaliers". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-05-12. 
  9. ^ a b Cacciola, Scott (2016-06-19). "Cavaliers Defeat Warriors to Win Their First N.B.A. Title". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-05-12. 
  10. ^ a b Arnovitz, Kevin (2016-06-20). "LeBron James named unanimous Finals MVP after Cavs' Game 7 win". ESPN. Archived from the original on 2018-05-12. 
  11. ^ Sharp, Andrew; Golliver, Ben (2017-09-19). "Reliving LeBron James's Block in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals". Sports Illustrated. Archived from the original on 2018-05-12. 
  12. ^ "Cavaliers Acquire Draft Rights to Cedi Osman and Rakeem Christmas from Minnesota". nba.com/cavaliers. June 25, 2015. Retrieved June 25, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Cavs Acquire Second Round Pick from Pacers". nba.com/cavaliers. July 23, 2015. Retrieved June 23, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Cavaliers Complete Trade with Portland". nba.com/cavaliers. July 27, 2015. Retrieved June 27, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Cavaliers Acquire Protected Second Round Pick From Orlando". nba.com/cavaliers. January 12, 2016. Retrieved January 12, 2016. 
  16. ^ a b "Cavaliers Acquire Channing Frye". nba.com/cavaliers. February 18, 2016. Retrieved September 15, 2016. 
  17. ^ "Cavaliers Re-sign Guard Iman Shumpert". nba.com/cavs. July 9, 2015. Retrieved July 9, 2015. 
  18. ^ "Cavaliers Re-sign Forward Kevin Love". nba.com/cavaliers. July 9, 2015. Retrieved July 9, 2015. 
  19. ^ "Cavaliers Re-sign Forward LeBron James". nba.com/cavaliers. July 10, 2015. Retrieved July 25, 2015. 
  20. ^ "Cavaliers Re-sign James Jones". nba.com/cavaliers. July 25, 2015. Archived from the original on June 27, 2016. Retrieved July 25, 2015. 
  21. ^ "Cavs Re-sign Guard Matthew Dellavedova". nba.com/cavaliers. July 27, 2015. Retrieved July 27, 2015. 
  22. ^ "Cavs Re-sign Guard J.R. Smith". nba.com/cavaliers. September 2, 2015. Retrieved September 2, 2015. 
  23. ^ "Cavs Re-Sign Forward Tristan Thompson". nba.com/cavaliers. October 22, 2015. Retrieved October 22, 2015. 
  24. ^ "Cavs Sign guard Mo Williams". nba.com/cavs. July 10, 2015. Retrieved July 10, 2015. 
  25. ^ "Cavs Sign Forward Richard Jefferson". nba.com/cavs. August 5, 2015. Retrieved August 5, 2015. 
  26. ^ "Cavs Sign Center Sasha Kaun". nba.com/cavs. September 9, 2015. Retrieved October 22, 2015. 
  27. ^ "Marion to retire at end of season". espn.com. January 21, 2015. Retrieved January 21, 2015. 
  28. ^ "Pelicans Sign Kendrick Perkins". nba.com/pelicans. July 28, 2015. Retrieved July 28, 2015. 
  29. ^ "Warriors Sign Free Agent Center Anderson Varejao". NBA.com. February 22, 2016. Retrieved February 22, 2016. 

Notes[edit]

1. ^ Varejão never played a single game for Portland and was almost immediately cut by Portland

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