2018–19 Cleveland Cavaliers season

The 2018–19 Cleveland Cavaliers season was the 49th season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Cavaliers entered the season as runners-up in the 2018 NBA Finals, in which they were swept by the Golden State Warriors in four games, the first Finals sweep since 2007, in which the Cavs were also swept, by the San Antonio Spurs.[1]

2018–19 Cleveland Cavaliers season
Head coachTyronn Lue (fired)
Larry Drew
General managerKoby Altman
Owner(s)Dan Gilbert
ArenaQuicken Loans Arena
Results
Record19–63 (.232)
PlaceDivision: 5th (Central)
Conference: 14th (Eastern)
Playoff finishDid not qualify

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
TelevisionFox Sports Ohio
Radio
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LeBron James was not on the roster for the first time since 2013–14, as he signed with the Los Angeles Lakers in the offseason as a free agent.[2]

On October 28, 2018, the Cavaliers fired Tyronn Lue after a 0–6 start (the worst start for a team coming off the NBA Finals) and replaced him on the interim basis with his assistant Larry Drew, who would become permanent coach on November 5.[3]

Without LeBron James, as with the 2010–11 season (James' first departure from Cleveland), the Cavaliers struggled to find a solid identity, ranking in the bottom 10 in all of points per game, opponent points per game, pace, offensive rating, and defensive rating.[4] They finished at 19–63, the third worst record in the league, second worst in the Eastern Conference, and their worst season since 2010-11. This was also the Cavs' first losing season since the 2013–14 season.

DraftEdit

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College / Club
1 8 Collin Sexton PG   United States Alabama

The Cavaliers entered the 2018 NBA draft with the rights to the eighth overall pick, which originally belonged to the Brooklyn Nets.[5] Cleveland acquired the pick from the Boston Celtics in the Kyrie Irving trade during the summer of 2017.[6] The Cavaliers used the pick to acquire point guard Collin Sexton, a freshman out of the University of Alabama.[7]

Preseason summaryEdit

On July 1, 2018, LeBron James confirmed that he would be leaving the Cavaliers and signing a four-year, $154 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers.[2][8] This marked the second time in which James left the Cavaliers in free agency, with the first coming when James joined the Miami Heat in 2010.[2]

RosterEdit

2018–19 Cleveland Cavaliers roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
F 32 Adel, Deng (TW) 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1997–02–01 Louisville
F 4 Blossomgame, Jaron (TW) 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1993–09–16 Clemson
F 3 Chriss, Marquese 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1996–07–02 Washington
G 8 Clarkson, Jordan 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 194 lb (88 kg) 1992–06–07 Missouri
G 18 Dellavedova, Matthew   6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1990–09–08 Saint Mary's
F/C 9 Frye, Channing 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 255 lb (116 kg) 1983–05–17 Arizona
F 31 Henson, John   6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 219 lb (99 kg) 1990–12–28 North Carolina
G 20 Knight, Brandon 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1991–12–02 Kentucky
F/C 0 Love, Kevin 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 251 lb (114 kg) 1988–09–07 UCLA
F 22 Nance, Larry 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1993–01–01 Wyoming
G 12 Nwaba, David 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 219 lb (99 kg) 1993–01–14 Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
F 16 Osman, Cedi 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1995–04–08 Turkey
G 2 Sexton, Collin 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1999–01–04 Alabama
G/F 5 Smith, J. R. (L) 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1985–09–09 St. Benedict's Prep (NJ)
G 1 Stauskas, Nik 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1993–10–07 Michigan
F/C 13 Thompson, Tristan 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 238 lb (108 kg) 1991–03–13 Texas
C 41 Žižić, Ante 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 254 lb (115 kg) 1997–01–04 Croatia
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • (GL) On assignment to G League affiliate
  • (TW) Two-way affiliate player
  • (L) On leave from the team
  •   Injured

Roster
Last transaction: 2019–02–11

StandingsEdit

DivisionEdit

Central Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div GP
zMilwaukee Bucks 60 22 .732 0.0 33–8 27–14 14–2 82
xIndiana Pacers 48 34 .585 12.0 29–12 19–22 11–5 82
xDetroit Pistons 41 41 .500 19.0 26–15 15–26 8–8 82
Chicago Bulls 22 60 .268 38.0 9–32 13–28 3–13 82
Cleveland Cavaliers 19 63 .232 41.0 13–28 6–35 4–12 82

ConferenceEdit

Eastern Conference
# Team W L PCT GB GP
1 zMilwaukee Bucks * 60 22 .732 82
2 yToronto Raptors * 58 24 .707 2.0 82
3 xPhiladelphia 76ers 51 31 .622 9.0 82
4 xBoston Celtics 49 33 .598 11.0 82
5 xIndiana Pacers 48 34 .585 12.0 82
6 xBrooklyn Nets 42 40 .512 18.0 82
7 yOrlando Magic * 42 40 .512 18.0 82
8 xDetroit Pistons 41 41 .500 19.0 82
9 Charlotte Hornets 39 43 .476 21.0 82
10 Miami Heat 39 43 .476 21.0 82
11 Washington Wizards 32 50 .390 28.0 82
12 Atlanta Hawks 29 53 .354 31.0 82
13 Chicago Bulls 22 60 .268 38.0 82
14 Cleveland Cavaliers 19 63 .232 41.0 82
15 New York Knicks 17 65 .207 43.0 82

Game logEdit

PreseasonEdit

2018 preseason game log
Total: 2–2 (Home: 1–2; Road: 1–0)
2018–19 season schedule

Regular seasonEdit

2018–19 game log
Total: 19–63 (Home: 13–28; Road: 6–35)
2018–19 season schedule

Player statisticsEdit

Player Pos. GP GS MP Reb. Ast. Stl. Blk. Pts.
Deng Adel SF 19 3 194 19 5 1 4 32
Jaron Blossomgame SF 27 4 439 98 13 7 8 114
Alec Burks SG 34 24 979 186 98 25 16 396
Marquese Chriss PF 27 2 395 114 16 15 7 153
Jordan Clarkson SG 81 0 2,214 270 196 57 13 1,364
Sam Dekker PF 9 5 169 33 9 11 0 57
Matthew Dellavedova PG 36 0 715 67 152 12 2 262
Channing Frye C 36 6 341 52 20 6 5 129
Andrew Harrison PG 10 0 144 15 17 4 2 43
George Hill PG 13 13 344 27 36 12 1 140
John Holland SF 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Rodney Hood SG 45 45 1,234 112 92 38 5 547
Jalen Jones SF 16 0 214 34 7 9 2 81
Brandon Knight PG 27 26 618 50 62 19 2 230
Kyle Korver PF 16 0 251 29 17 3 2 108
Kevin Love PF 22 21 598 239 48 6 5 374
Patrick McCaw SG 3 0 53 3 2 2 0 5
Larry Nance C 67 30 1,795 552 214 100 40 627
David Nwaba SG 51 14 984 163 54 36 17 334
Cedi Osman SF 76 75 2,444 357 195 60 11 991
Cameron Payne PG 9 1 176 19 23 8 3 74
Collin Sexton PG 82 72 2,605 236 243 44 6 1,371
Kobi Simmons PG 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
J. R. Smith SG 11 4 222 18 21 11 3 74
Nik Stauskas SG 24 0 342 47 19 7 3 132
Tristan Thompson C 43 40 1,198 438 86 28 16 470
Ante Žižić C 59 25 1,082 320 53 13 22 459

After all games.[9]
Waived during the season
Traded during the season
Acquired during the season

TransactionsEdit

ReferencesEdit

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