NBA: What you need to know about 2016 champions the Cleveland Cavaliers

Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert, holds the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy after the Cavaliers defeated the Golden State Warriors 93-89 in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals.
Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert, holds the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy after the Cavaliers defeated the Golden State Warriors 93-89 in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals.PHOTO: AFP

OAKLAND (REUTERS) - Profile of the Cleveland Cavaliers, who won the National Basketball Association championship on Sunday.

* NBA titles: One (2016) - The franchise joined the National Basketball Association in 1970 as an expansion team along with the Buffalo Braves and Portland Trail Blazers.

* The NBA instituted what is commonly known as the "Stepien Rule," due to Ted Stepien's propensity for trading away high draft picks during a disastrous three-year tenure as owner of the Cavaliers in the early 1980s .

* Cavaliers are the team that were on the wrong end of "The Shot," the name of a wildly famous series-winning basket hit by Michael Jordan in the 1989 Eastern Conference quarter-finals that is one of the most replayed NBA plays in history.

* Franchise had a 26-game losing streak during the 2010-11 NBA season that tied the record for longest losing streak in major North American professional sports.

* The team used the first pick in the 2003 NBA Draft to select LeBron James, who averaged 20.9 points, 5.5 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game in his debut campaign and was named the league's Rookie of the Year.

* Cleveland were the first team to draft a Canadian player with the first overall draft pick when they selected Anthony Bennett in 2013.

* James eventually led the Cavaliers to five consecutive play-off berths, including a trip to the NBA Finals in 2007, but he infamously left Cleveland as a free agent in 2010 to sign with the Miami Heat, where he went on to win two championships.

* James rejoined the Cavaliers in 2014 as a much tougher and more determined competitor than the player who had left in 2010 and brought the team back to relevance after four consecutive losing seasons.

* 2015-16 regular-season record: 57-25

* Road to the 2016 NBA title: Won Central Division. Beat Detroit 4-0 in Eastern Conference quarter-finals, beat Atlanta 4-0 in conference semi-finals, beat Toronto 4-2 in conference final, beat Golden State 4-3 in NBA Finals.

* Cavaliers are the first team to rally from a 1-3 deficit to win the NBA Finals.

* Head coach: Tyronn Lue becomes sixth active head coach with an NBA title following Sunday's triumph.

* Top play-off scorer: LeBron James (25.3 points per game).