Cleveland Cavaliers

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Franchise Overview

53 22 1
Seasons Made Playoffs Championships

Past 10 Seasons (2014 - 2023)

49.4% 4 1
Winning Percentage Made Playoffs Championships

Championship Years

2016

Cleveland Cavaliers History

Overview

The Cleveland Cavaliers have played a total of 53 seasons. Their first season was in 1971, and their most recent season was in 2023.

Have the Cleveland Cavaliers gone by any other names?

No, the Cleveland Cavaliers have been known by that name since 1971.

What division do the Cleveland Cavaliers play in?

The Cleveland Cavaliers currently play in the Central Division of the Eastern Conference.

What was the best start to a Cavaliers season?

The best start to a Cavaliers season was the 1976-77 Cleveland Cavaliers, who started the season 8-0. The second best start to a season was the 2016-17 Cleveland Cavaliers, who started the season going 6-0. The third best starts to a Cavaliers season was the 2000-01 Cleveland Cavaliers, the 1988-89 Cleveland Cavaliers and the 1978-79 Cleveland Cavaliers, who all started the season at 4-0.

What was the worst start to a Cavaliers season?

The worst start to a Cavaliers season was the 1970-71 Cleveland Cavaliers, who started the season at 0-15. The second worst start to a season was the 1984-85 Cleveland Cavaliers, who started the season with 9 losses. The third worst starts to a Cavaliers season was the 1995-96 Cleveland Cavaliers and the 1972-73 Cleveland Cavaliers, who both started the season at 0-7.

When was the last time the Cavaliers were in the playoffs?

The Cleveland Cavaliers last made the playoffs in 2018, when they lost the Finals. They've been in the playoffs a total of 22 times in their 53 seasons.

When was the last time the Cavaliers missed the playoffs?

The Cleveland Cavaliers last missed the playoffs in 2022.

When was the last time the Cavaliers won a playoff series?

In 2018, the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals.

When was the last time the Cavaliers lost a playoff series?

In 2018, the Cleveland Cavaliers lost to the Golden State Warriors in the Finals.

What years did the Cavaliers make the NBA Finals?

The Cleveland Cavaliers have appeared in the NBA Finals 5 times, in 2007, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

How many NBA Titles have the Cavaliers won?

The Cleveland Cavaliers won the NBA Finals once, in 2016.

Cleveland Cavaliers Postseason Results

Year Record Result
2023 15-9 Pending – Season Ongoing
2022 44-38 Missed Playoffs
2021 22-50 Missed Playoffs
2020 19-46 Missed Playoffs
2019 19-63 Missed Playoffs
2018 50-32 Lost Finals (Won 3 Rounds)
2017 51-31 Lost Finals (Won 3 Rounds)
2016 57-25 Won Finals
2015 53-29 Lost Finals (Won 3 Rounds)
2014 33-49 Missed Playoffs
2013 24-58 Missed Playoffs
2012 21-45 Missed Playoffs
2011 19-63 Missed Playoffs
2010 61-21 Lost Eastern Conference Semifinals (Won 1 Round)
2009 66-16 Lost Eastern Conference Finals (Won 2 Rounds)
2008 45-37 Lost Eastern Conference Semifinals (Won 1 Round)
2007 50-32 Lost Finals (Won 3 Rounds)
2006 50-32 Lost Eastern Conference Semifinals (Won 1 Round)
2005 42-40 Missed Playoffs
2004 35-47 Missed Playoffs
2003 17-65 Missed Playoffs
2002 29-53 Missed Playoffs
2001 30-52 Missed Playoffs
2000 32-50 Missed Playoffs
1999 22-28 Missed Playoffs
1998 47-35 Lost Eastern Conference First Round (Won 0 Rounds)
1997 42-40 Missed Playoffs
1996 47-35 Lost Eastern Conference First Round (Won 0 Rounds)
1995 43-39 Lost Eastern Conference First Round (Won 0 Rounds)
1994 47-35 Lost Eastern Conference First Round (Won 0 Rounds)
1993 54-28 Lost Eastern Conference Semifinals (Won 1 Round)
1992 57-25 Lost Eastern Conference Finals (Won 2 Rounds)
1991 33-49 Missed Playoffs
1990 42-40 Lost Eastern Conference First Round (Won 0 Rounds)
1989 57-25 Lost Eastern Conference First Round (Won 0 Rounds)
1988 42-40 Lost Eastern Conference First Round (Won 0 Rounds)
1987 31-51 Missed Playoffs
1986 29-53 Missed Playoffs
1985 36-46 Lost Eastern Conference First Round (Won 0 Rounds)
1984 28-54 Missed Playoffs
1983 23-59 Missed Playoffs
1982 15-67 Missed Playoffs
1981 28-54 Missed Playoffs
1980 37-45 Missed Playoffs
1979 30-52 Missed Playoffs
1978 43-39 Lost Eastern Conference First Round (Won 0 Rounds)
1977 43-39 Lost Eastern Conference First Round (Won 0 Rounds)
1976 49-33 Lost Eastern Conference Finals (Won 1 Round)
1975 40-42 Missed Playoffs
1974 29-53 Missed Playoffs
1973 32-50 Missed Playoffs
1972 23-59 Missed Playoffs
1971 15-67 Missed Playoffs

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