The Cavaliers began as an expansion team in 1970. They opened their inaugural season losing their first 15 games and struggled in the early years. The team won their first Central Division title in 1976 and during the latter half of the 1980s and through the 1990s, were a regular playoff contender.
In the 2003 Draft, they selected a homegrown phenom, LeBron James, who led them to their first appearance in the NBA Finals in 2007. They would return to the Finals in 2016, overturning a 3-1 deficit – the first time any team has ever done so – to lift their first championship.