Drafted with the 12th pick in the 1982 NBA Draft, John Bagley played just five seasons for the Cavaliers. Bagley easily had his best year in his fourth season with the Cavaliers, averaging 11.7 points and 9.4 assists per game.
He never brought a championship to the Land. Bagley actually never even brought a winning record to Cleveland, but he was instrumental in leading the Cavaliers through some of their darkest days.
Overall, Bagley did not have a memorable career, but his ability to distribute the ball and run a competent offense is something many teams would take in today’s NBA.
Bagley’s biggest accomplishment during his time in Cleveland is finishing as the franchise leader in assists. Bagley would later be surpassed by Mark Price who would be surpassed by current Cavalier superstar LeBron James. Bagley currently ranks third in team history in assists, collecting 2,311 in his five seasons.
He also ranks 10th in team history in steals with 474.
Bagley isn’t a Cavalier legend, but he is remembered by the older, dedicated fans.