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They say lightning doesn’t strike twice in the same place. But for the Cavaliers on draft day in 1986, it did.
Prior to June 17, Cleveland acquired the first overall pick in the 1986 NBA Draft from Philadelphia in exchange
for Roy Hinson and considerations. With the first pick, Cleveland selected center Brad Daugherty.
At the top of the second round, the Dallas Mavericks selected Mark Price with the 25th overall pick. The
Cavaliers then traded their second-round choice in 1989 and other considerations with Dallas for the rights to the
6-foot All-American from Georgia Tech.
Unknowingly, the Cavaliers acquired two of the greatest players in franchise history that day. Price and
Daugherty helped the team turn the corner and join the NBA’s elite while becoming the cornerstones of the
While Daugherty started as a rookie, Price learned on the bench for a year before unseating John Bagley.
Once a starter, Price never looked back.
Widely regarded as one of the best shooters in NBA history, Price and his picture-perfect release guided the
Cavaliers to their most successful run in franchise history. With the exception of the 1990-91 season in which he
tore his ACL and played only 16 games, the Cavaliers made the playoffs and won at least 42 games every year
Price was a starter.
The sweet-shooting point guard was named an All-Star four times (1989, 1992-94) and is the only Cavalier
to be named to an All-NBA Team more than once (1988-89, 1991-94), including All-NBA First Team in 1992-93.
Price led the NBA in free throw percentage twice (1991-92, ‘92-93) and won the NBA’s Long Distance Shootout back-to-back years (1993-94).
Not just a shooter, Price ranked in the top 10 in the league in assists in five of his nine seasons as a Cavalier.
For his career, Price ranks first among all Cavaliers in three-point field goals made and attempted, assists, steals and free throw percentage. He also
ranks among the top 10 all-time in franchise history in points scored (3rd), three-point field goal percentage (3rd), free throws made (3rd), field goals made
(4th), field goals attempted (4th), games played (5th), free throws attempted (5th) and minutes played (5th). Price was named to the Cavaliers’ All-Time
Starting Five by 32 members of the Northeast Ohio media during the Cavaliers 30th Anniversary season. He was also the leading vote-getter on the Cavs All-
Time Team, as voted on by the Cleveland fans.
The Cavaliers retired his jersey on November 13, 1999.