Bradley Lee Daugherty (born October 19, 1965) is an ESPN NBA analyst, former NASCAR analyst, co-owner of Sprint Cup Series team JTG Daugherty Racing, and retired American basketball player. He played college basketball at the University of North Carolina and professionally with the Cleveland Cavaliers of the NBA.
Daugherty was taken as the first overall pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 1986 NBA draft.
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. His leading rebounder record stood until December 9, 2008, when Žydrūnas Ilgauskas broke the rebound record, again against the Raptors. 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) was retired by the Cavaliers on March 1, 1997.
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Career highlights and awards
5× NBA All-Star (1988–1989, 1991–1993)
All-NBA Third Team (1992)
NBA All-Rookie First Team (1987)
No. 43 retired by the Cleveland Cavaliers
Consensus second-team All-American (1986)
2× First-team All-ACC (1985–1986)