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2004–05 Cleveland Cavaliers season

Cleveland Cavaliers season
Head coach Paul Silas
Brendan Malone
Owner(s) George Gund III
Gordon Gund
Arena Gund Arena
Results
Record 42–40 (.512)
Place Division: 4th (Central)
Conference: 9th (Eastern)
Playoff finish Did not qualify
Local media
Television FSN Ohio · WUAB
Radio WTAM

The 2004-05 Cleveland Cavaliers season was the 35th season of NBA basketball in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cavaliers finished the season with a 42–40 record, a fourth place finish in the Central Division, and barely missed out of the playoffs, losing a tiebreaker for the 8th spot to the New Jersey Nets. LeBron James was the team's leading scorer and was named as an All-Star starter.

Key dates:

  • On June 24, the 2004 NBA Draft, took place in New York City, New York.
  • In July, the free agency period began.
  • On September 15, the Cavaliers named Brendan Malone assistant coach.
  • On October 14, the Cavaliers' preseason began with a 94–102 loss to Memphis.
  • On November 3, the Cavaliers' regular season began with a 104–109 2OT loss to Indiana.
  • On March 21, head coach Paul Silas was fired and Brendan Malone was named interim head coach. Mike Bratz and Wes Wilcox were added to Malone's staff as assistants.
  • On April 20, the Cavaliers' season ended in a 104–95 win over the Toronto Raptors.
  • On April 21, Jim Paxson was fired as President of Basketball Operations and General Manager.

Offseason

Free Agents

Additions
Player Date Former team
Robert Traylor August 5 New Orleans Hornets
Anderson Varejão August 19 Cleveland Cavaliers
Scott Williams September 28 Dallas Mavericks
Lucious Harris October 1 New Jersey Nets
Subtractions
Player Date New team
Jason Kapono* June 22 Charlotte Bobcats
Carlos Boozer July 29 Utah Jazz
Lee Nailon September 30 New Orleans Hornets
*Selected in expansion draft

Trades

June 23, 2004
To Cleveland Cavaliers
Sasha Pavlović
To Charlotte Bobcats
Future 1st round pick
July 20, 2004
To Cleveland Cavaliers
Eric Snow
To Philadelphia 76ers
Kedrick Brown and Kevin Ollie
July 23, 2004
To Cleveland Cavaliers
Drew Gooden, Anderson Varejão, and Steven Hunter
To Orlando Magic
Tony Battie and two future 2nd round picks

Draft picks

Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
1 10 Luke Jackson Guard  United States Oregon

Roster

Regular season

Standings

Central Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Detroit Pistons 54 28 .659 32–9 22–19 8–8
x-Chicago Bulls 47 35 .573 7 27–14 20–21 8–8
x-Indiana Pacers 44 38 .537 10 25–16 19–22 9–7
Cleveland Cavaliers 42 40 .512 12 29–12 13–28 7–9
Milwaukee Bucks 30 52 .366 24 23–18 7–34 8–8


Game log

November

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Leading scorer Attendance Record
1 November 3, 2004 Indiana Pacers L, 104-109 Cleveland Cavaliers 2OT Zydrunas Ilgauskas 0-1

December

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# Date Visitor Score Home OT Leading scorer Attendance Record

January

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# Date Visitor Score Home OT Leading scorer Attendance Record

February

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# Date Visitor Score Home OT Leading scorer Attendance Record

March

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# Date Visitor Score Home OT Leading scorer Attendance Record

April

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# Date Visitor Score Home OT Leading scorer Attendance Record

Player stats

Regular season

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
DeSagana Diop 39 0 7.8 .290 .000 .000 1.8 .4 .21 .69 1.0
Drew Gooden 82 80 30.8 .492 .179 .810 9.2 1.6 .94 .93 14.4
Lucious Harris 73 4 15.5 .395 .323 .812 1.7 .7 .37 .08 4.3
Žydrūnas Ilgauskas 78 78 33.5 .468 .286 .799 8.6 1.3 .68 2.12 16.9
Luke Jackson 10 0 4.3 .370 .667 .833 .6 .3 .00 .00 2.9
LeBron James 80 80 42.4 .472 .351 .750 7.4 7.2 2.21 .65 27.2
Jeff McInnis 76 69 34.9 .412 .345 .813 2.1 5.1 .74 .01 12.8
Jérôme Moïso* 4 0 6.8 .600 .000 .000 1.8 .3 .25 .50 1.5
Ira Newble 74 69 24.8 .429 .358 .797 3.0 1.2 .68 .24 5.9
Aleksandar Pavlović 65 9 13.3 .435 .385 .688 1.1 .8 .45 .06 4.8
Eric Snow 81 15 22.8 .382 .289 .738 1.9 3.9 .83 .20 4.0
Robert Traylor 74 6 17.9 .444 .000 .539 4.5 .8 .73 .68 5.5
Anderson Varejão 54 0 16.0 .513 .000 .535 4.8 .5 .76 .70 4.9
Dajuan Wagner 11 0 9.3 .327 .192 .750 .2 1.2 .45 .00 4.0
Jiří Welsch* 16 0 12.0 .235 .182 .714 1.8 1.2 .31 .00 2.9
Scott Williams 19 0 8.0 .293 .000 .818 1.6 .4 .21 .32 1.7

* Statistics include only games with the Cavaliers

Awards and records

Awards

Records

Milestones

All-Star

Transactions

Trades

Free Agents

Development League

References

  1. ^ Lamond Murray and a future 2nd round pick traded to Toronto for Michael Stewart and a future 1st round pick http://www.nba.com/cavaliers/news/CAVS_OBTAIN_FIRSTROUND_PICK_A-53834-44.html
  • Cleveland Cavaliers on Database Basketball
  • Cleveland Cavaliers on Basketball Reference
  • 2004-05 Season Media Guide
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