Brad Daugherty (basketball)

Brad Daugherty

Daugherty in 1999
Personal information
Born (1965-10-19) October 19, 1965
Black Mountain, North Carolina
Nationality American
Listed height 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
Listed weight 245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High school Charles D. Owen
(Black Mountain, North Carolina)
College North Carolina (1982–1986)
NBA draft 1986 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1st overall
Selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers
Playing career 1986–1994
Position Center
Number 43
Career history
19861994 Cleveland Cavaliers
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)
Stats at

Bradley Lee Daugherty (born October 19, 1965) is an American retired basketball player, analyst, and co-owner of Sprint Cup Series team JTG Daugherty Racing. He played college basketball at the University of North Carolina and professionally with the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Amateur career

Daugherty played basketball at Charles D. Owen High School in Black Mountain, North Carolina, where he led the Warhorses to the 1982 state finals. Daugherty accepted a scholarship to play at the University of North Carolina under legendary college basketball coach Dean Smith.

A basketball player slam dunking the ball.
Daugherty playing for North Carolina in 1985.

Daugherty was one of the greatest big men ever to play at the University of North Carolina. He entered college as a 16-year-old freshman and was a two-time All-ACC first team selection, and a first team All-American in 1986. He was named to the ACC 50th Anniversary men's basketball team in 2002 and was inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame. Daugherty averaged more than twenty points per game in his senior season.

Professional career

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.[1] 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 record against the Toronto Raptors.[2] His leading rebounder record stood until December 9, 2008, when Žydrūnas Ilgauskas broke the rebound record, again against the Raptors.[3] 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'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, though he did make one appearance in uniform for the Whoopi Goldberg movie Eddie along with teammates Hot Rod Williams, John Battle, Terrell Brandon, and Bobby Phills. After two consecutive seasons of inactivity, he announced his retirement after the 1995–96 season. His #43 jersey, a number he picked as a tribute to NASCAR legend Richard Petty (whom Daugherty lists as his favorite sportsman[4]) was retired by the Cavaliers on March 1, 1997.

NBA career statistics

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season

1986–87 Cleveland 80 80 33.7 .538 .000 .696 8.1 3.8 0.6 0.8 15.7
1987–88 Cleveland 79 78 37.4 .510 .000 .716 8.4 4.2 0.6 0.7 18.7
1988–89 Cleveland 78 78 36.2 .538 .333 .737 9.2 3.7 0.8 0.5 18.9
1989–90 Cleveland 41 40 35.1 .479 .000 .704 9.1 3.2 0.7 0.5 16.8
1990–91 Cleveland 76 76 38.8 .524 .000 .751 10.9 3.3 1.0 0.6 21.6
1991–92 Cleveland 73 73 36.2 .570 .000 .777 10.4 3.6 0.9 1.1 21.5
1992–93 Cleveland 71 71 37.9 .571 .500 .795 10.2 4.4 0.7 0.8 20.2
1993–94 Cleveland 50 50 36.8 .488 .000 .785 10.2 3.0 0.8 0.7 17.0
Career 548 546 36.5 .532 .143 .747 9.5 3.7 0.8 0.7 19.0


1988 Cleveland 5540.8.460.000.6779.
1989 Cleveland 5533.4.362.000.6009.
1990 Cleveland 5537.2.586.000.6969.
1992 Cleveland 171740.4.528.000.81410.
1993 Cleveland 9939.6.557.000.80011.
Career 414139.0.519.000.75610.

Post-basketball career

Daugherty's business interests include car dealerships, waste management and commercial real estate. He is also a college basketball analyst and NASCAR broadcaster for ESPN. For one season, he was a color commentator, alongside Michael Reghi, for Cleveland Cavaliers telecasts. He is active in many charities including hosting the Presbyterian Home for Children's annual golf tournament, which raises money in support of the home, located in Black Mountain. He also has sponsored an annual scholarship to help a child from Presbyterian Home receive a higher education. At UNC, he has given to the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History and has served on the Board of Visitors and the athletic council of the General Alumni Association Board.

Following his retirement from the NBA, Daugherty co-owned a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team (Liberty Racing) featuring such drivers as Kenny Irwin Jr. and Kevin Harvick. In 1997 Irwin won two Craftsman Truck Series races driving for Daugherty (Homestead-Miami Speedway in March and Texas Motor Speedway in June). Daugherty joined ESPN's return to NASCAR racing telecasts in 2007.[5] He is currently an analyst on the weekly topical show Inside NASCAR on Showtime, and on NASCAR Now, a nightly newscast on the sport. He is also part owner of JTG Daugherty Racing, which owns the #47 Chevrolet SS driven by A. J. Allmendinger.[6]

On October 28, 2014 it was announced that Daugherty would serve as an NBA and college basketball analyst for ESPN, beginning in November.[7]


  1. "NBA Draft Lottery Year-by-Year Lottery Probabilities". Retrieved 2011-12-16.
  2. "LeBron claims Cavs' scoring crown en route to win over Raptors". 2008-03-21. Retrieved 2011-12-16.
  3. "LeBron, Ilgauskas set team records as Cavs win ninth straight". 2008-12-09. Retrieved 2011-12-16.
  4. Moore, Terence (2008-03-07). "Atlanta Metro News". Retrieved 2011-12-16.
  5. "Hoop star Daugherty joins ESPN/ABC team - Oct 13, 2006". Nascar.Com. The Associated Press. 2006-10-13. Retrieved 2011-12-16.
  6. "Daugherty to become part-owner of JTG Racing, field full-time Cup team – Racing – ESPN". 2008-07-16. Retrieved 2011-12-16.
  7. "Brad Daugherty To Remain With ESPN". National Speed Sport News. Retrieved 28 October 2014.
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