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10,389 points scored. 5,227 rebounds grabbed. 2,741 free throws made. 3,670 free throws attempted. Five
All-Star appearances made. Four triple-doubles recorded.
Those numbers represent the various statistics in which Brad Daugherty is the Cavaliers all-time leader and
why he is one of the greatest players in franchise history.
The number one overall draft pick of the 1986 NBA Draft, the 7-foot center was pivotal along with then-fellow
rookies Ron Harper, John Williams and Mark Price in re energizing and improving the franchise. The multi-skilled
Daugherty was named to the All-Rookie Team and quickly joined elite status as an NBA center while leading the
Cavaliers to the same.
Daugherty played in the first of five All-Star games in 1988 and then led the Cavaliers to the playoffs for the
first time in three seasons that April. The following season Daugherty and the Cavaliers won a franchise-record
57 games, including going 37-4 at home.
After an injury-plagued 1989-90 season in which Daugherty missed the first 41 games, he returned to All-Star
status. He became the first and remains the only player in franchise history to average 20 or more points and 10
or more rebounds in the same season. He reached that feat in three consecutive seasons (1990-93), being
named an all-star in the process each of those years.
In the 1992 NBA Playoffs, Daugherty cemented his place as one of the best in the league by leading the
Cavaliers to the conference finals. He averaged 21.5 points on .528 field goal shooting, 10.2 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.0 blocks in 40.4 minutes per game
during the 17-game run. In the first round against New Jersey, he scored a Cavalier playoff-record 40 points on April 23.
Cleveland made the playoffs in all of the seasons Daugherty played but two and he led the Cavaliers in scoring in all but three of his seasons.
Just entering the prime of his career at 28, Daugherty suffered an ill-fated career-ending herniated lumbar disc in mid-February of the 1993-94 season.
Despite having his outstanding career cut short, the North Carolina native had already broken the afore-mentioned Cavalier records. He remains in the
top 10 all-time in field goal percentage (2nd), minutes played (2nd), field goals made and attempted (3rd), scoring average (4th), blocked shots (5th), assists
(5th) and steals (10th).
As part of the Cavaliers 30th Anniversary in 1999-2000, Daugherty was unanimously named by 32 members of the Northeast Ohio media to the Cavaliers’
All-Time Starting Five. He was the only player to garner all 32 votes.
The Cavaliers retired his jersey on March 1, 1997.