Season Summaries: 1980-81

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Final Record: 28-54 Finished: 5th Place in Division Head Coach: Bill Musselman 25-46, Don Delaney 3-8
Season Highlights: Ted Stepien became the second principal owner of the Cavaliers in June of 1980…Bill Musselman coached the team to a 25-46 record before General Manager Don Delaney replaced him…Mike Mitchell was named an all-star, leading the Cavaliers in scoring at 24.5 points per game (a franchise-best and eighth in the NBA that season)…Kenny Carr (week ending Feb.1) and Mike Mitchell (week ending Feb. 22) were both named Player of the Week during the season…
Regular Season Statistics
1980-81 Totals Field Goals 3-Point FG Free Throws Rebounds
PLAYER G MIN FGM FGA FGM FGA FTM FTA OFF DEF REB AST PF DQ STL BLK PTS HI
Mitchell 82 3194 853 1791 4 9 302 385 215 287 502 139 199 0 63 52 2012 42
K.Carr 81 2615 469 918 0 4 292 409 260 575 835 192 296 3 76 42 1230 31
Ra.Smith 82 2199 486 1043 1 28 221 271 46 147 193 357 132 0 113 14 1194 33
Phegley 82 2269 474 965 8 28 224 267 90 156 246 184 262 7 65 15 1180 30
Huston (Tot) 81 2434 461 942 1 5 150 212 45 93 138 394 148 1 58 7 1073 29
Huston (Cle) 25 542 76 153 0 1 22 27 12 27 39 117 35 0 13 1 174 19
Bratz 80 2595 319 817 57 169 107 132 66 132 198 452 194 1 136 17 802 22
Washington (Tot) 80 1812 340 747 1 2 119 159 158 295 453 129 273 3 46 61 800 24
Washington (Cle) 69 1505 289 630 1 2 102 136 133 236 369 113 246 3 41 54 681 24
Laimbeer 81 2460 337 670 0 0 117 153 266 427 693 216 332 14 56 78 791 26
Ford 64 996 100 224 0 3 22 24 74 90 164 84 100 1 15 12 222 14
Calvin 21 128 13 39 1 5 25 35 2 10 12 28 13 0 5 0 52 6
Jordan 30 207 29 75 0 0 10 17 23 19 42 11 35 0 11 5 68 8
Hughes (Tot) 53 490 27 70 0 0 1 2 48 79 127 35 106 2 28 35 55 6
Hughes (Cle) 45 331 16 45 0 0 0 0 29 48 77 24 73 0 17 21 32 6
Robisch 11 372 37 98 0 0 29 36 27 58 85 44 21 0 7 6 103 17
Ro.Smith 1 20 2 5 0 0 4 4 1 2 3 3 6 1 0 0 8 8
Robinzine 8 84 14 32 0 0 5 8 4 9 13 5 19 1 4 0 33 10
Whitehead 3 8 1 3 0 0 0 0 2 1 3 0 6 0 1 0 2 2
Kinch 29 247 38 96 0 0 4 5 7 17 24 35 24 0 9 5 80 10
Lambert 3 8 3 5 0 0 0 0 1 2 3 3 2 0 0 0 6 4
Cavaliers 82 19780 3556 7609 72 249 1486 1909 1258 2243 3501 2007 1995 31 632 322 8670 132
Opponents 82 19780 3608 7174 52 168 1800 2395 1158 2499 3657 2166 1956 21 681 454 9068 140
1980-81 Averages Rebounds
PLAYER G MPG FG% 3P% FT% OFF DEF RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Mitchell 82 39.0 .476 .444 .784 2.6 3.5 6.1 1.7 0.8 0.6 24.5
K.Carr 81 32.3 .511 .000 .714 3.2 7.1 10.3 2.4 0.9 0.5 15.2
Ra.Smith 82 26.8 .466 .036 .815 0.6 1.8 2.4 4.4 1.4 0.2 14.6
Phegley 82 27.7 .491 .286 .839 1.1 1.9 3.0 2.2 0.8 0.2 14.4
Huston (Tot) 81 30.0 .489 .200 .708 0.6 1.1 1.7 4.9 0.7 0.1 13.2
Huston (Cle) 25 21.7 .497 .000 .815 0.5 1.1 1.6 4.7 0.5 0.0 7.0
Bratz 80 32.4 .390 .337 .811 0.8 1.7 2.5 5.7 1.7 0.2 10.0
Washington (Tot) 80 22.7 .455 .500 .748 2.0 3.7 5.7 1.6 0.6 0.8 10.0
Washington (Cle) 69 21.8 .459 .500 .750 1.9 3.4 5.3 1.6 0.6 0.8 9.9
Laimbeer 81 30.4 .503 --- .765 3.3 5.3 8.6 2.7 0.7 1.0 9.8
Ford 64 15.6 .446 .000 .917 1.2 1.4 2.6 1.3 0.2 0.2 3.5
Calvin 21 6.1 .333 .200 .714 0.1 0.5 0.6 1.3 0.2 0.0 2.5
Jordan 30 6.9 .387 --- .588 0.8 0.6 1.4 0.4 0.4 0.2 2.3
Hughes (Tot) 53 9.2 .386 --- .500 0.9 1.5 2.4 0.7 0.5 0.7 1.0
Hughes (Cle) 45 7.4 .356 --- --- 0.6 1.1 1.7 0.5 0.4 0.5 0.7
Robisch 11 33.8 .378 --- .806 2.5 5.3 7.7 4.0 0.6 0.5 9.4
Ro.Smith 1 20.0 .400 --- 1.000 1.0 2.0 3.0 3.0 0.0 0.0 8.0
Robinzine 8 10.5 .438 --- .625 0.5 1.1 1.6 0.6 0.5 0.0 4.1
Whitehead 3 2.7 .333 --- --- 0.7 0.3 1.0 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.7
Kinch 29 8.5 .396 --- .800 0.2 0.6 0.8 1.2 0.3 0.2 2.8
Lambert 3 2.7 .600 --- --- 0.3 0.7 1.0 1.0 0.0 0.0 2.0
Cavaliers 82 --- .467 .289 .778 15.3 27.4 42.7 24.5 7.7 3.9 105.7
Opponents 82 --- .503 .310 .752 14.1 30.5 44.6 26.4 8.3 5.5 110.6
Season Leaders (min. 50 games)
Scoring Leaders
1 Mike Mitchell 24.5 ppg
2 Kenny Carr 15.2 ppg
3 Randy Smith 14.6 ppg
Rebounding Leaders
1 Kenny Carr 10.3 rpg
2 Bill Laimbeer 8.6 rpg
3 Mike Mitchell 6.1 rpg
Assist Leaders
1 Mike Bratz 5.7 apg
2 Geoff Huston 4.9 apg
3 Randy Smith 4.4 apg
1980-81 Team Photo
Top Row (Left to Right): Larry Creger, Don Ford, Jerome Whitehead, Dave Robisch, Bill Laimbeer, John Lambert, Elmore Smith, Walter Jordan, Gerald Oliver (Assistant Coach)
Bottom Row (Left to Right): Mike Mitchell, Randy Smith, Roger Phegley, Don Delaney (General Manager), Ted Stephien (President), Bill Musselman (Head Coach), Chad Kinch, Mike Bratz, Kenny Carr, Paul Spicuzza (Head Trainer)
Regular Season Results
Date Opponent W/L Cle Opp Record Cavs High Scorer Opp. High Scorer Attend.
10/10 @ Boston L 103 130 0-1 Mitchell 34 Carr 25 15,320
10/11 New Jersey L 96 99 0-2 Smith 26 Newlin 26 5,731
10/14 Detroit W 99 91 1-2 Mitchell 26 Kelser 22 4,071
10/16 Washington W 90 88 2-2 Mitchell 30 Gervey 14 4,046
10/17 @ Chicago L 79 98 2-3 Mitchell 17 Theus 19 8,536
10/18 Milwaukee L 105 107 2-4 Smith 23 Winters 25 5,103
10/21 @ Milwaukee L 95 115 2-5 Mitchell 24 M. Johnson 28 8,615
10/22 @ Washington L 96 109 2-6 Mitchell 32 Hayes 27 5,118
10/24 @ New Jersey W 126 112 3-6 Smith 31 Newlin 25 6,177
10/25 Indiana W 118 100 4-6 Mitchell 26 Knight 23 4,811
10/28 Philadelphia L 101 119 4-7 Mitchell 23 Erving 25 6,153
10/31 @ Los Angeles L 98 107 4-8 Mitchell 23 Wilkes 23 9,728
11/2 @ Portland L 96 102 4-9 Mitchell 23 Brewer 18 12,666
11/3 @ Seattle L 83 118 4-10 Phegley 14 F. Brown 24 11,723
11/5 @ Golden State L 98 106 4-11 Mitchell 23 Free 30 7,654
11/6 @ Utah L 96 112 4-12 Smith 31 Griffith 30 5,704
11/8 @ Kansas City L 106 111 4-13 Mitchell 34 Birdsong 31 7,514
11/11 Milwaukee L 96 100 4-14 Smith 23 M. Johnson 19 4,686
11/13 Atlanta W 114 111 5-14 Laimbeer 26 Drew 39 3,987
11/15 @ New York L 95 100 5-15 Smith 24 Glenn 29 15,998
11/18 San Diego W 104 94 6-15 Smith 25 Brooks 20 3,637
11/20 Houston L 114 117 6-16 Mitchell 25 Malone 31 3,844
11/22 Boston W 113 98 7-16 Smith 28 Parish 21 8,252
11/26 New York (OT) L 113 119 7-17 Smith 28 Williams 37 5,598
11/28 Washington W 126 105 8-17 Smith 33 Grevey 25 5,407
11/29 @ Indiana L 101 117 8-18 Smith 32 Bantom 18 7,067
12/2 @ Dallas W 109 102 9-18 Mitchell 22 Robinzine 18 5,117
12/3 @ Houston L 109 118 9-19 Mitchell 28 Tomjanovich 20 6,887
12/4 @ San Antonio L 100 130 9-20 Michell 18 Gervin 28 6,833
12/6 Detroit W 101 100 10-20 Smith 29 Herron 24 5,562
12/9 Philadelphia L 83 96 10-21 Mitchell 19 Erving 19 5,829
12/11 Indiana L 100 103 10-22 Smith 23 Knight 22 3,046
12/12 @ Detroit L 95 101 10-23 Phegley 20 Herron 21 3,352
12/13 Utah W 110 103 11-23 Mitchell 32 Dantley 31 4,125
12/17 @ Philadelphia L 79 103 11-24 K. Carr 25 Dawkins 19 6,873
12/18 Denver W 130 122 12-24 K. Carr 23 Issel 23 3,576
12/20 Boston L 102 107 12-25 Mitchell 27 Parish 24 5,038
12/23 Kansas City L 100 102 12-26 Mitchell 37 Birdsong 31 3,627
12/26 Chicago L 98 100 12-27 Smith 23 Kenon 26 4,481
12/29 Dallas W 112 100 13-27 Mitchell 29 Robinzine 23 3,884
1/2 @ New Jersey W 111 105 14-27 Mitchell 34 Newlin 22 7,147
1/3 Washington W 132 112 15-27 Mitchell 31 Hayes 22 3,092
1/9 @ Atlanta (OT) W 108 107 16-27 Mitchell 26 E. Johnson 24 9,398
1/10 New York L 99 104 16-28 K. Carr 28 Cartwright 32 6,321
1/13 Los Angeles L 104 108 16-29 Phegley 24 Abdul-Jabbar 29 7,316
1/14 @ Boston L 113 120 16-30 Mitchell 32 Parish 33 15,320
1/16 @ Philadelphia L 119 137 16-31 Mitchell 29 Erving 30 11,138
1/17 @ Chicago W 110 98 17-31 Mitchell 28 Greenwood 17 9,669
1/20 Portland W 99 94 18-31 Mitchell 24 Owens 20 4,866
1/22 New Jersey W 108 94 19-31 K. Carr 18 Newlin 20 4,142
1/23 @ Atlanta W 106 98 20-31 Mitchell 31 E. Johnson 28 9,820
1/24 @ Detroit L 94 117 20-32 Smith 16 Hubbard 25 4,366
1/27 Indiana W 114 109 21-32 Mitchell 25 Bantom 18 4,211
1/29 Phoenix W 115 111 22-32 Mitchell, Phegley 27 J. Davis 31 5,489
2/4 Chicago L 96 109 22-33 Phegley 19 Sobers 25 4,573
2/6 Milwaukee L 99 103 22-34 Mitchell 30 Moncrief 21 7,179
2/7 @ Indiana L 96 99 22-35 Mitchell 22 Orr 19 11,319
2/11 @ Philadelphia (OT) L 120 122 22-36 Mitchell 36 Erving 37 8,993
2/12 New York L 111 122 22-37 Mitchell 28 R. Williams 24 4,639
2/14 Golden State W 108 90 23-37 K. Carr 22 Free 21 6,957
2/17 Detroit W 109 108 24-37 Mitchell 41 Tyler, Long 30 4,161
2/18 @ New Jersey L 108 110 24-38 Mitchell 42 C. Robinson 24 7,296
2/19 San Antonio W 118 104 25-38 Mitchell 30 Gervin 32 5,574
2/21 Atlanta L 105 118 25-39 K. Carr 28 Drew 29 8,231
2/25 @ Boston L 103 124 25-40 Mitchell 27 Bird 30 15,320
2/27 @ Detroit L 109 118 25-41 Washington 24 Tyler 31 5,003
3/1 @ Denver L 127 137 25-42 Mitchell 36 Thompson 44 8,826
3/4 @ Phoenix L 106 126 25-43 Mitchell, Phegley 30 L. Robinson 20 12,660
3/6 @ San Diego L 125 140 25-44 Mitchell 33 F. Williams 26 5,059
3/9 @ Milwaukee L 100 118 25-45 Mitchell 30 P. Cummings 30 11,052
3/11 Seattle L 95 101 25-46 Laimbeer 24 Sikma 26 5,676
3/13 New Jersey L 125 140 25-47 K. Carr 32 M. Lucas 26 6,105
3/14 @ Atlanta (OT) W 112 110 26-47 Mitchell 31 E. Johnson 35 7,368
3/15 @ Washington W 101 100 27-47 Laimbeer 20 Grevey, Hayes 21 7,489
3/17 Atlanta W 122 107 28-47 Mitchell 31 E. Johnson 32 4,288
3/19 Chicago L 111 116 28-48 Mitchell 24 Gilmore 28 6,173
3/21 @ New York L 105 119 28-49 K. Carr 30 Richardson 27 11,268
3/22 @ Indiana L 101 107 28-50 Mitchell 29 Knight 33 9,827
3/24 @ Chicago L 108 121 28-51 Bratz 22 Gilmore, Jones 18 8,292
3/26 @ Milwaukee L 109 137 28-52 Washington 21 Bridgeman 25 11,052
3/27 Philadelphia L 117 138 28-53 Mitchell 30 Toney 24 20,175
3/29 @ Washington L 103 138 28-54 Mitchell 20 Mahorn 28 12,755