The Most Memorable Cavalier Moments of 2015
We’re less than one hour away from a brand new calendar year, which means it’s time to go back and look at the greatest moments from 2015! We start from the very beginning. Enjoy, and have a Happy New Year Cavs Nation!
January 5, 2015
J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert are traded to the Cavs from a Knicks in a three-team trade, dishing out Dion Waiters to the Thunder. The Thunder also gave the Cavs a first-round pick for the 2016 draft. The Cavs also gave the Knicks a second-round draft pick in the 2019 draft. J.R. and Iman helped improve the Cavs defense and 3-point shooting, as well as bolster the bench. During his 38 games with the Cavs, Shump Daddy boasted stats of 7.2 ppg and 3.8 rpg. On July 9th, the Cavs were able to secure Iman for the next four years with a hefty $40 million contract. However, during the offseason, Iman ruptured a tendon in his wrist, sitting him out 12-14 weeks. Shump made his season debut on Dec 11, scoring 14 in the Cav’s win against the Magic. Less than two months after Shump inked his contract, the Cavs re-signed J.R. on September 2nd for two years/$10 million that includes only $2 million guaranteed for next season. J.R. is currently averaging nearly 11 points and 3 rebounds a game this season.
January 7, 2015
Right after trading for the shooting guard duo of Iman and J.R., the Cavs continue to ring in the New Year by trading for big man Timofey Mozgov. The Cavs flipped the draft pick acquired from the Thunder just two days earlier, as well as another first-round pick they received from the Grizzlies to get Mozgov from the Nuggets. Timofey served as a much-needed replacement for Anderson Varejao, who was out for the season with a torn Achilles. Along with Tristan Thompson, Mozgov was part of the big-man duo that propelled the Cavs into the playoffs and Finals. On June 4th, Timofey became the first Russian player to play in the NBA Finals, where he averaged 14 points and 7.5 rebounds. On June 23rd, the Cavs picked up Mozgov’s contract option, paying him $4.95 million for the 15’-16’ season. He’s currently averaging 6.7 points and 4.2 boards.
January 28, 2015
Against the Portland Trailblazers at the Q, Kyrie put on a show for Cleveland, dropping a then-career-high 55 points. Despite missing his first 7 shots, Irving would go on sink a franchise-record 11 threes, as well as go 17-36 from the floor and a perfect 10 of 10 from the charity stripe. Besides setting an arena record for most points (passing Allen Iverson who scored 54 on Jan 6, 2001), Irving would hit a clutch tre with just 6 seconds left to give the Cavs the lead, and then grab a board and knock down both free throws to finish of the Trailblazers.
February 15, 2015
LeBron James was elected to his 11th All-Star game with nearly 1.5 million votes, just second to Steph Curry. King James would lead the Eastern Conference team with 30 points but watched Russell Westbrook grab the MVP for the game. James would also add 7 assists to his stat line. With his 11th All-Star appearance, James would tie NBA greats like Dwyane Wade, Allen Iverson, Patrick Ewing, and Dr. J.
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