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The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time  

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List Rules Please 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. 
list ordered by
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LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Small forward, Power forward
2
Kyrie Irving is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard
3
Mark Price is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard
4
Larry Nance is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Power forward, Center
5
Kevin Love is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Power forward, Center
6
Brad Daugherty is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
7
Žydrūnas Ilgauskas is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
8
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
TheShaqAttaq added Center
9
Shawn Kemp is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Power forward
10
Mo Williams is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard
11
Ron Harper is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard, Small forward
12
World B. Free is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard
13
Austin Carr is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Guard
14
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Power forward, Center
15
Tristan Thompson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
bigulcards added Power forward
16
J. R. Smith is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Shooting guard
17
Craig Ehlo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward
18
Lenny Wilkens is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard
19
Anderson Varejão is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Power forward, Center
20
Terrell Brandon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard
21
Andre Miller is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard
22
Walt Frazier is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
idawg387 added Point guard
23
Antawn Jamison is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
idawg387 added Small forward, Power forward
24
Iman Shumpert is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard
25
Richard Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Small forward