Basketball The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time  

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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

1
3,161 339
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Small forward, Power forward

2
2,262 512
Kyrie Irving is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard

3
1,419 490
Mark Price is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard

4
1,117 425
Larry Nance is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Power forward, Center

5
1,371 408
Kevin Love is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Power forward, Center

6
900 518
Žydrūnas Ilgauskas is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time

7
901 462
Brad Daugherty is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time

8
585 382
Mo Williams is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard

9
966 441
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
TheShaqAttaq added Center

10
806 410
Shawn Kemp is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Power forward

11
479 244
World B. Free is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard

12
499 277
Ron Harper is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard, Small forward

13
775 375
J. R. Smith is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Shooting guard

14
425 210
Austin Carr is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Guard

15
652 413
Tristan Thompson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
bigulcards added Power forward

16
395 208
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Power forward, Center

17
285 150
Lenny Wilkens is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard

18
365 213
Craig Ehlo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward

19
283 212
Terrell Brandon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard

20
368 211
Andre Miller is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard

21
327 134
Walt Frazier is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
idawg387 added Point guard

22
417 370
Anderson Varejão is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Power forward, Center

23
191 167
Antawn Jamison is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
idawg387 added Small forward, Power forward

24
304 195
Iman Shumpert is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard

25
306 40
Kyle Korver is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward

26
286 132
Richard Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Small forward

27
170 247
Timofey Mozgov is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time

28
291 179
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Point guard, Shooting guard

29
218 84
Nate Thurmond is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Power forward, Center

30
167 181
Tyrone Hill is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Power forward

31
193 180
Dion Waiters is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard

32
141 111
Daniel Gibson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
idawg387 added Point guard, Shooting guard

33
168 64
Channing Frye is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
DeanLegend added Power forward, Center

34
115 178
Bobby Phills is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Shooting guard

35
160 119
Carlos Boozer is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Power forward

36
133 162
Shawn Marion is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Small forward, Power forward

37
126 79
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Point guard, Shooting guard, Small forward

38
110 154
Chris Mills is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Small forward

39
126 95
Bingo Smith is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Shooting guard

40
249 133
Steve Kerr is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard

41
133 92
James Jones is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward

42
113 158
Danny Ferry is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Small forward, Power forward

43
92 87
Eric Snow is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
idawg387 added Point guard

44
74 72
Wally Szczerbiak is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward

45
127 53
Ben Wallace is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Justin Kim added Power forward, Center

46
86 85
Gerald Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Shooting guard

47
132 74
Campy Russell is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward

48
76 78
Jim Chones is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Power forward, Center

49
63 62
Brevin Knight is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard

50
73 88
Delonte West is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard