Cleveland Cavs’ Draft History
First Round Choices
2013 (1) – Anthony Bennett, F/UNLV
-Bennett averaged 4.2 points and 3.0 rebounds in 52 games last season.
2013 (19) – Sergey Karasev, F/Russia
-Karasev played in 22 games a year ago averaging 1.7 points .
2012 (4) – Dion Waiters, G/Syracuse
-Waiters has averaged 15.3 points in 131 games (72 starts) while handing out 3.0 assists.
2012 (24) – Jared Cunningham, G/Oregon State
-Draft day trade with the Mavericks which helped land Kelenna Azubuike and Tyler Zeller.
2011 (1) – Kyrie Irving, G/Duke
-Irving only played 11 games for Duke as a freshman but was selected 1st overall by Cleveland. He is a 2-time All-Star and has averaged 20.7 points, 5.8 assists, 3.7 rebounds and has shot 86.2% from the line in 181 games (181 starts).
2011 (4) – Tristan Thompson, F/Texas
-In 3 years, Thompson has averaged 10.8 points, 8.6 rebounds and has shot 47.3% from the floor.
2009 (30) – Christian Eyenga, F/Congo
-Played in 44 games with the Cavs (2010-11 season) before being traded to the Lakers in 2012.
2008 (19) – J.J. Hickson, F/NC State
-Hickson scored 13.8 points and brought down 8.7 boards in his third year as a Cav (2010-11). He traded that summer to Sacramento for a draft choice and Omar Casspi.
2006 (25) – Shannon Brown, G/Michigan State
-Eight months after he was selected in first round, the Cavs traded Brown to the Bulls with
Drew Gooden and Larry Hughes.
2004 (10) – Luke Jackson, G/Oregon
-After averaging 21.2 points, 7.2 rebounds, 4.5 assists as well as shooting 44.0% as a senior at Oregon, Jackson seemed a good bet to fill in nicely with the Cavs. After only playing in 46 games (0 starts) for Cleveland in his first two seasons, Jackson was traded to Boston prior to the 2006-07 season for Dwayne Jones.
2003 (1) – LeBron James, F/St. Vincent-St. Mary HS
-LeBron lived up to the hype of a historic high school standout as he has been named to the All-Star team 10 consecutive years. The 4-time MVP averaged 27.8 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and made 47.5% of his field goals as a Cavalier (2003-10).
2002 (6) – Dajuan Wagner, G/Memphis
-Wagner scored at will in his lone year of college basketball at Memphis in 2001-02 (21.2). His offensive production decreased in each of his three years in Cleveland (13.4 to 6.5 to 4.0). He missed the entire 2005-06 season with colitis. He played only 1 game with Golden State in 2006-07.
2001 (8) – DeSagana Diop, C/Oak Hill Academy HS (Senegal)
-The 7-foot project never was able to live up to his draft projection as he only averaged 2 points a game and 3.7 rebounds throughout his 12 seasons in the NBA. He spent his first 4 campaigns with Cleveland (1.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg).
2001 (20) – Brendan Haywood, C/North Carolina
-Draft day trade to Orlando for Michael Doleac.
2000 (8) – Jamal Crawford, G/Michigan
-Draft day trade to Chicago for Chris Mihm.
1999 (8) – Andre Miller, G/Utah
-Miller spent the first three years of his professional career in Cleveland where he dished out a league-leading 10.9 assists per game in 2001-02 (16.5 ppg). In July 2002, he was traded along with Bryant Stith to the Los Angeles Clippers for Harold Jamison and Darius Miles.
1999 (11) – Trajan Langdon, G/Duke
-The former Blue Devil averaged in double figures (14.5 career ppg) and shot 40% or better from beyond the arc each year in Durham. With the Cavs, he played in 119 games (5 starts) and was only able to manage a three-year 5.4 average.
1997 (13) – Derek Anderson, G/Kentucky
-Anderson played just 2 seasons in Cleveland where he posted 11.3 points and shot 43.6% from three-point range. He was traded in August 1999 to the Clippers for Lamond Murray.
1997 (16) – Brevin Knight, G/Stanford
-Knight averaged 14.9 points and 6.8 assists in his 4-years at Stanford. Brevin started 160 of 190 games and scored 9 points and averaged 7.6 assists during the next four years in Cleveland.
1996 (12) – Vitaly Potapenko, F/Wright State
-The Ukraine Train started just 15 games in 177 appearances with the Cavs (7.5 ppg, 5.8 rpg) before being traded to Boston for Andrew DeClercq and a future first rounder which became Andre Miller.
1996 (20) – Zydrunas Ilgauskas, C/Lithuania
-Despite missing the entire 1999-00 season with a foot injury, Big Z went onto have huge success with the Cavs., playing in 771 games (673 starts) and averaging 13.8 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per contest.
1995 (17) – Bob Sura, G/Florida State
-The Wilkes-Barre native scored over 18 points in each of his final three seasons in Tallahassee. Number 3 played in 330 games (81 starts) while averaging 8.1 points in Cleveland. Sura was involved in a three-team trade which sent him to Golden State on draft day 2000.
1993 (22) – Chris Mills, F/Arizona
-Mills posted a 20.4 scoring average and 7.9 rebounds as a senior in Tucson. After he was drafted in the back end of the first round, Mills averaged 12.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists for the Cavs.
1991 (11) – Terrell Brandon, G/Oregon
-In Brandon’s second year in Eugene, he scored 745 points in 28 games (26.6 ppg). In his 6 seasons in Cleveland, Terrell posted a 12.7 scoring average and 4.9 assists.
1989 (25) – John Morton, G/Seton Hall
-The former Pirate played in 107 games (5 starts) while averaging 4.8 points and 2.9 rebounds per contest during his two and a half years with Cleveland. He was waived in 1991.
1988 (22) – Randolph Keys, F/Southern Miss
-The swingman from Southern Miss saw an increase in his scoring and rebounding throughout his four years as a Golden Eagle. He only played in 90 games making 13 starts and registering a 5.9 scoring average before being traded to the Hornets in 1990 for a future 2nd round pick.
1987 (7) – Kevin Johnson, G/California
-As a senior at Cal, KJ scored 17.2, 5 assists and shot 38.7% from three point land and 81.9% from the charity stripe. Johnson played in 52 games with the Cavs. In his rookie season, Johnson was traded along with Tyrone Corbin, Mark West and a couple of draft choices (one which became Dan Majerle) to Phoenix for Larry Nance, Mike Sanders a future first round draft pick (Randolph Keys).
1986 (1) – Brad Daugherty, C/North Carolina
-The 5-time NBA All-Star finished his 8-year NBA career with a 19.0 scoring average, 9.5 rebounds, 2.8 blocks and a free throw percentage of 74.7%.
1986 (8) – Ron Harper, G/Miami, OH
-The Ohio Flyer scored over 24-points per game in both his junior and senior season at Miami (OH). Harper scored 19.4 points during his four seasons in Cleveland. He was traded to the Clippers early in 1989 along with a trio of first round picks (which became Loy Vaught, Joe Wylie, and Elmore Spencer) for Danny Ferry and Reggie Williams.
1985 (9) – Charles Oakley, F/Virginia Union
-During his four-years in college, he averaged a double-double including his senior campaign at Virginia Union where he posted 24 points and 17.3 rebounds. He was involved in a draft day trade with Calvin Duncan to Chicago for Keith Lee and Ennis Whatley.
1984 (12) – Tim McCormick, C/Michigan
-A draft day trade along with Cliff Robinson to the Bullets for Mel Turpin.
1983 (20) – Roy Hinson, F/Rutgers
-Hinson was a two-time NBA All-Star (1 with Cavs) who averaged 13.6 points and 7.3 rebounds in his three seasons with the Cavs.
1983 (24) – Stewart Granger, G/Villanova
-One year after he was drafted by Cleveland, Granger was traded to Atlanta for Johnny Davis.
1982 (12) – John Bagley, G/Boston College
-Bagley scored 20-plus points in back to back seasons as a junior and senior at Boston College. Bags averaged 9.4 points and 6.2 assists during his 5 seasons with the Cavs.
1980 (22) – Chad Kinch, G/Charlotte
-Kinch was traded to Dallas for Geoff Huston and a future third round pick not even a year after he was drafted by Cleveland. Eight months later he was out of basketball.
1978 (15) – Mike Mitchell, F/Auburn
-Mitchell didn’t average less than 18 points per game in any of his four seasons at Auburn. He was a participant in the 1981 NBA All-Star game and averaged 19.3 points per game throughout his 4-year career in Cleveland.
1976 (15) – Chuckie Williams, G/Kansas State
-Williams only played in 22 games in the NBA averaging 1.7 points while shooting just 29.8% from the field.
1975 (15) – John Lambert, F/USC
-Lambert scored 3.9 points per contest and hauled down 3.6 rebounds in his 6 seasons with the Cavs. He was released midway through the 1980-81 season.
1974 (8) – Campy Russell, F/Michigan
-Russell scored 23.7 points and 11.1 rebounds as a senior for the Wolverines. He was a 1-time All-Star (1979) and compiled a career average of 16.1 points during his 7 years in Cleveland.
1973 (2) – Jim Brewer, F/Minnesota
-Brew averaged a double-double in three of his four seasons for Minnesota in college. He spent 6 years with the Cavs and averaged 7.5 points and 7.7 boards.
1972 (3) – Dwight Davis, F/Houston
-Double D accumulated a 10.5 scoring average and 5.4 rebounds during his three-year career in Cleveland (1972-75). He was traded to Golden State for Butch Beard and the 1975 first round draft pick (John Lambert).
1971 (1) – Austin Carr, G/Notre Dame
-Carr scored 10,265 points in his career in Cleveland (16.2 ppg). He made the 1974 All-Star Team.
1970 (7) – John Johnson, F/Iowa
-Johnson averaged 28 points per game as a senior for the Hawkeyes. JJ scored 15.9 points and 7.1 rebounds in his three years as a Cavalier (1970-73) before being traded to Portland for the Blazers’ 1973 draft choice. He was a member of the 1979 Sonic championship team.