Daugherty was taken as the first overall pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 1986 NBA Draft. Cleveland had obtained the rights to the first pick in a trade with the Philadelphia 76ers for Roy Hinson and cash]. The Cavaliers also drafted Ron Harper with the eighth pick in the 1986 draft and obtained the rights to Mark Price (in a trade with the Dallas Mavericks) the 25th pick (second round). Harper, Price and Daugherty, along with fellow rookie John “Hot Rod” Williams immediately began to pay dividends for Cleveland. Daugherty, Williams, and Harper were all named to the 1986-87 All-Rookie team.
Daugherty averaged nineteen points and ten rebounds per game over eight seasons in the NBA and retired as the Cavaliers all time leading scorer (10,389 points) and rebounder (5,227). Daugherty’s all time-leading scorer record stood until March 21, 2008, when LeBron James broke the point barrier against the Toronto Raptors. His leading rebounder record stood until December 9, 2008, when Žydrūnas Ilgauskas broke the rebound barrier, again against the Raptors. He played in 41 postseason games and led the Cavaliers as far as the Eastern Conference Finals in 1992. Brad was a five time All-Star (1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993). As part of the Cavaliers’ 30th anniversary in 1999-2000, Daugherty was a unanimous selection to the All-Time Cleveland Cavalier team. Daugherty was a solid scorer, rebounder and a excellent passing big man averaging 3.7 assist per game for his career.
Daugherty’s career in the NBA was cut short at the age of 28 because of recurrent back troubles. He never played another game after the 1993-94 season.
Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday salutes …Brad Daugherty.
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||10,389 (19.0 ppg)|
|Rebounds||5,227 (9.5 rpg)|
|Assists||2,028 (3.7 apg|