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Going into their second season as a franchise, the Cleveland Cavaliers held the No. 1 overall pick in the 1971
NBA Draft and aimed to get an impact player. With their pick, the Cavaliers selected Austin Carr, a high-scoring
shooting guard and two-time All-American at Notre Dame.
Carr proved not only to be the impact player the Cavaliers sought, but much more.
As a rookie, Carr immediately became the top option on offense averaging 21.2 points and became the first
Cavalier named to the All-NBA Rookie Team. Known as “A.C.” by teammates and fans alike, the sweet-shooting
fan favorite averaged 20 or more points the following two seasons, highlighted by Carr’s selection as an All-Star
Just as Carr began to reach elite status in the NBA, misfortune struck. On Dec. 5, 1974, Carr suffered a knee
injury that eventually cut short his season and forced him to undergo surgery.
Carr persevered and returned strong, playing in all 82 games in three of the following four seasons. Even after
the injury, Carr’s impact as a scorer and leader remained present as he never averaged less than double digits in
his career and led the Cavaliers to the playoffs on three occasions during his nine-year tenure in Cleveland.
After the 1979-80 season, Carr’s final with the Cavaliers, he won the Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award for
his substantial contributions to the Cleveland community.
Carr remains the franchise leader in field goals made and attempted and ranks second in points scored. He
also ranks among the franchise leaders in free throws made and attempted (4th), steals (4th) and minutes played
For his efforts on and off the floor, Carr was selected by 32 members of the media in Northeast Ohio to the Cavaliers’ All-Time Starting Five during the
Cavaliers 30th Anniversary season of 1999-2000.
He remains deeply involved in the organization serving as Director of Community and Business Development as well as the full-time analyst for the
Cavaliers Television Network.
The Cavaliers retired his jersey on Jan. 3, 1981.