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The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time

Updated December 23, 2019 46.4k votes 6.3k voters 87.1k views121 items

List RulesPlease vote for the players based only on their time with the Cavaliers

A list of the best Cleveland Cavaliers of all time. The Cleveland Cavaliers, much like the rest of the sports teams in Cleveland's history, are a snakebitten franchise. This isn't because they haven't had any good players, in fact the opposite holds true. LeBron James is one of the greatest players today and one of the greatest players of all time. Say what you want about King James, the fact is that when he was with Cleveland, the team was one of the best in the league. James wasn't able to push Cleveland over the top though. With the best player of his generation, the Cavs only had one NBA Finals berth along with the several other brutal early exits, most notably in 2009 and 2010. Zydrunas Ilgauskas is another all time Cavs great that was one that team, but LeBron was the team's superstar player, and the guy that many teams dream of having.

Many of the Cavs best players have been steady and been on multiple All Star teams. But their problem is that their greatest players have lost to teams that have had even better players. No one would question that the great Cavalier teams of the late 1980s and early 1990s didn't have talent. With Mark Price running the point and Brad Daugherty posting up down low, these Cavs teams had solid talent, but their best players couldn't get the team to the NBA Finals.

This is a list of the best Cleveland Cavaliers of all time. If you see someone that is missing from this list, feel free to add him. Vote or rerank this list so it can accurately reflect who you think is the greatest Cavaliers player in team history. 
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    LeBron James

    Small forward, Power forward

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  • 2
    2,580
    615

    Kyrie Irving

    Point guard

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  • 3
    1,640
    567

    Mark Price

    Point guard

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  • 4
    1,684
    540

    Kevin Love

    Power forward

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  • 5
    1,308
    478

    Larry Nance

    Power forward, Center

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    #68 of 165 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time#20 of 227 The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History

  • 6
    1,026
    461

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    1,019
    525

    More Žydrūnas Ilgauskas 

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  • 8
    525
    212
  • 9
    564
    259

    World B. Free

    Point guard, Shooting guard

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    #88 of 120 The Fastest NBA Players of All Time#8 of 26 The Best NBA Shooting Guards of the 80s

  • 10
    430
    203

    John "Hot Rod" Williams

    Power forward, Center
  • 11
    555
    286

    Ron Harper

    Point guard, Small forward

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    #71 of 175 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History#10 of 73 The Greatest Chicago Bulls of All Time

  • 12
    856
    470

    Shawn Kemp

    Power forward

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  • 13
    1,139
    680

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  • 14
    378
    164

    Walt Frazier

    Point guard

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  • 15
    435
    105

    Kyle Korver

    Small forward

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    388
    216

    Craig Ehlo

    Shooting guard, Small forward
  • 17
    845
    517

    J.R. Smith

    Shooting guard
  • 18
    282
    102

    Nate Thurmond

    Power forward, Center

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    #16 of 23 The Best Power Forwards of the '70s#3 of 22 The Best NBA Centers of the 1960s

  • 19
    324
    182

    Lenny Wilkens

    Point guard

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  • 20
    329
    201

    Andre Miller

    Point guard
  • 21
    738
    505

    Tristan Thompson

    Power forward

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  • 22
    356
    176

    Richard Jefferson

    Small forward
  • 23
    319
    204

    Terrell Brandon

    Point guard
  • 24
    598
    430

    Mo Williams

    Point guard
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    453
    321

    Anderson Varejão

    Power forward, Center