As the Cleveland Cavaliers no. 1 pick in the 1971 NBA Draft, and the overall draft no. 1, Notre Dame alum Austin Carr was tasked with turning around the NBA franchise during the team’s sophomoric season.
After suffering early injuries through his first few seasons, Carr led the Cavs to three consecutive playoff appearances from 1975-78, including the “Miracle of Richfield” and a trip to the Eastern Conference Finals against the Celtics. During his nine seasons with Cleveland, Carr netted more than 10,000 points, earning him the sacred honor only six other Cavaliers lay claim to: a retired jersey hanging in Quicken Loans Arena. Pay homage to no. 34.