Cleveland Cavaliers Regular Season Rosters

1979-1980 Cleveland Cavaliers Regular Season Roster

Jersey Player Pos HT WT YOS Pre-Draft Team Draft Status Nationality
  Austin Carr G 6-4 200 8 Notre Dame 1971 Rnd 1 Pick 1 United States
  Kenny Carr GF 6-7 220 2 NC State 1977 Rnd 1 Pick 6 United States
  Don Ford F 6-9 215 4 UC Santa Barbara 1975 Rnd 6 Pick 2 United States
  John Lambert C 6-10 225 4 USC 1975 Rnd 1 Pick 15 United States
  Butch Lee PG 6-0 185 1 Marquette 1978 Rnd 1 Pick 10 Puerto Rico / United States
  Mike Mitchell F 6-7 215 1 Auburn 1978 Rnd 1 Pick 15 United States
  Dave Robisch FC 6-10 235 3 Kansas 1971 Rnd 3 Pick 9 United States
4 Campy Russell F 6-8 215 5 Michigan 1974 Rnd 1 Pick 8 United States
  Randy Smith GF 6-3 180 8 Buffalo State 1970 Rnd 14 Pick 2 United States
  Willie Smith PG 6-2 170 3 Missouri 1976 Rnd 2 Pick 1 United States
  Earl Tatum SG 6-5 185 3 Marquette 1976 Rnd 2 Pick 4 United States
  Foots Walker PG 6-0 172 5 West Georgia 1974 Rnd 3 Pick 2 United States
  Bill Willoughby FC 6-8 205 3 - 1975 Rnd 2 Pick 1 United States

1979-1980 Cleveland Depth Chart

  PG SG SF PF C
Starters F. Walker R. Smith M. Mitchell C. Russell D. Robisch
Rotation W. Smith A. Carr   B. Willoughby J. Lambert
Rotation   E. Tatum      
Lim PT     K. Carr    
Lim PT     D. Ford    

1979-1980 Central Division Standings

RankTeamRecordGB
1Atlanta Hawks50-32-
2Houston Rockets41-419
3San Antonio Spurs41-419
4Indiana Pacers37-4513
5Cleveland Cavaliers37-4513
6Detroit Pistons16-6634

1979-1980 Cleveland Awards & Honors

Player Award / Honor
Mike Mitchell Player Of The Week (12/30/79)
Austin Carr J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award (1980)

1979-1980 Cleveland Season Stat Leaders

Player GP MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV
Mike Mitchell 82 34.2 22.2 7.2 1.1 0.9 0.9 2.1
Randy Smith 82 32.6 17.6 3.1 4.4 1.5 0.1 2.4
Dave Robisch 82 32.6 15.3 8.0 2.3 0.6 0.6 1.7
Kenny Carr 74 24.1 12.3 7.7 1.0 0.9 0.7 2.0
Austin Carr 77 20.7 11.8 2.1 1.9 0.5 0.0 1.4
Campy Russell 41 32.5 18.2 5.5 4.2 1.8 0.5 3.6
Foots Walker 76 31.9 9.4 3.8 8.0 2.0 0.2 2.1
Bill Willoughby 78 18.6 6.9 4.2 0.9 0.4 0.8 0.9
John Lambert 74 17.9 5.4 4.8 0.8 0.6 0.6 0.9
Willie Smith 62 17.0 4.8 2.0 4.2 1.2 0.0 1.5
Don Ford 21 20.0 7.3 4.1 1.4 0.5 0.3 1.0
Earl Tatum 33 6.8 2.6 0.8 0.6 0.5 0.2 0.5
Bingo Smith 8 16.9 9.2 1.8 0.9 0.4 0.2 1.1
Walt Frazier 3 9.0 3.3 1.0 2.7 0.7 0.3 1.3
Butch Lee 3 8.0 1.3 1.0 1.0 0.0 0.0 1.0

1979-1980 Cleveland Cavaliers Roster Composition

Selected via Draft

Austin Carr was selected as the #1 pick in the First Round of the 1971 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers. Austin Carr signed a multi-year contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers on September 1, 1971.

John Lambert was selected as the #15 pick in the First Round of the 1975 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers. John Lambert signed a multi-year contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers on July 2, 1975. John Lambert re-signed to a multi-year contract as a free agent with the Cleveland Cavaliers on September 10, 1979.

Mike Mitchell was selected as the #15 pick in the First Round of the 1978 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers. Mike Mitchell signed a multi-year contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers on August 4, 1978.

Campy Russell was selected as the #8 pick in the First Round of the 1974 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers. Campy Russell signed a multi-year contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers on July 26, 1974. Campy Russell signed a multi-year extension with the Cleveland Cavaliers on May 3, 1978.

Foots Walker was selected as the #2 pick in the 3 Round of the 1974 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers. Foots Walker signed a multi-year contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers on June 20, 1974. Foots Walker re-signed to a multi-year contract as a free agent with the Cleveland Cavaliers on September 1, 1977.

Acquired via Trade

Kenny Carr was acquired in a trade by the Cleveland Cavaliers from the Los Angeles Lakers on October 24, 1979.

Don Ford was acquired in a trade by the Cleveland Cavaliers from the Los Angeles Lakers on February 15, 1980.

Dave Robisch was acquired in a trade by the Cleveland Cavaliers from the Los Angeles Lakers on October 5, 1979.

Randy Smith was acquired in a trade by the Cleveland Cavaliers from the San Diego Clippers on September 21, 1979.

Willie Smith was acquired in a trade by the Cleveland Cavaliers from the Portland Trail Blazers on August 24, 1979. Willie Smith signed a contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers on January 11, 1980. Willie Smith re-signed to a contract as a free agent with the Cleveland Cavaliers on January 21, 1980. Willie Smith re-signed to a contract as a free agent with the Cleveland Cavaliers on January 31, 1980.

Earl Tatum was acquired in a trade by the Cleveland Cavaliers from the Detroit Pistons on April 12, 1979.

Acquired via Free Agency

Bill Willoughby signed a contract as a free agent with the Cleveland Cavaliers on September 12, 1979.

1979-1980 Cleveland Cavaliers Front Office

Staff Member Position Start Season Previous Job
Nick Mileti Owner 1970-1971 N/A
Stan Albeck Head Coach 1979-1980 Head Coach (Denver Nuggets, 1970 to 1971)
Mo McHone Assistant Coach 1985-1986 Head Coach (San Antonio Spurs, 1983 to 1984)
Ron Hrovat General Manager 1979-1980 N/A
Joe Tait Radio Broadcaster 1970-1971 N/A