NBA 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
3,500 376
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Small forward, Power forward

2
2,524 566
Kyrie Irving is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard

3
1,578 550
Mark Price is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard

4
1,251 477
Larry Nance is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Power forward, Center

5
1,517 454
Kevin Love is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Power forward, Center

6
997 497
Brad Daugherty is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time

7
987 563
Žydrūnas Ilgauskas is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time

8
1,079 511
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
TheShaqAttaq added Center

9
645 426
Mo Williams is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard

10
875 446
Shawn Kemp is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Power forward

11
557 295
Ron Harper is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard, Small forward

12
534 269
World B. Free is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard

13
471 239
Austin Carr is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Guard

14
442 224
John
Power forward, Center

15
832 425
J. R. Smith is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Shooting guard

16
708 458
Tristan Thompson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
bigulcards added Power forward

17
396 228
Craig Ehlo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward

18
307 168
Lenny Wilkens is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard

19
306 234
Terrell Brandon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard

20
460 391
Anderson Varejão is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Power forward, Center

21
353 150
Walt Frazier is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
idawg387 added Point guard

22
384 224
Andre Miller is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard

23
205 180
Antawn Jamison is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
idawg387 added Small forward, Power forward

24
330 212
Iman Shumpert is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard

25
315 144
Richard Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Small forward