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
3,261 348
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Small forward, Power forward

2
2,337 527
Kyrie Irving is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard

3
1,465 509
Mark Price is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard

4
1,153 444
Larry Nance is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Power forward, Center

5
1,415 419
Kevin Love is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Power forward, Center

6
931 467
Brad Daugherty is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time

7
926 530
Žydrūnas Ilgauskas is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time

8
996 461
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
TheShaqAttaq added Center

9
607 392
Mo Williams is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard

10
828 418
Shawn Kemp is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Power forward

11
496 246
World B. Free is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard

12
518 279
Ron Harper is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard, Small forward

13
437 217
Austin Carr is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Guard

14
799 383
J. R. Smith is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Shooting guard

15
409 212
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Power forward, Center

16
673 421
Tristan Thompson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
bigulcards added Power forward

17
296 153
Lenny Wilkens is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard

18
376 216
Craig Ehlo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward

19
289 217
Terrell Brandon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard

20
430 374
Anderson Varejão is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Power forward, Center

21
375 214
Andre Miller is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard

22
336 137
Walt Frazier is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
idawg387 added Point guard

23
196 170
Antawn Jamison is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
idawg387 added Small forward, Power forward

24
314 198
Iman Shumpert is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard

25
296 134
Richard Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Small forward

26
318 43
Kyle Korver is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward

27
301 183
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Point guard, Shooting guard

28
175 252
Timofey Mozgov is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time

29
226 85
Nate Thurmond is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Power forward, Center

30
170 184
Tyrone Hill is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Power forward

31
201 184
Dion Waiters is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard

32
147 113
Daniel Gibson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
idawg387 added Point guard, Shooting guard

33
179 66
Channing Frye is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
DeanLegend added Power forward, Center

34
166 122
Carlos Boozer is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Power forward

35
129 98
Bingo Smith is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Shooting guard

36
117 182
Bobby Phills is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Shooting guard

37
140 168
Shawn Marion is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Small forward, Power forward

38
132 80
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Point guard, Shooting guard, Small forward

39
111 158
Chris Mills is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Small forward

40
256 136
Steve Kerr is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard

41
134 76
Campy Russell is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward

42
139 96
James Jones is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward

43
136 53
Ben Wallace is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Justin Kim added Power forward, Center

44
95 88
Eric Snow is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
idawg387 added Point guard

45
76 74
Wally Szczerbiak is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward

46
113 163
Danny Ferry is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Small forward, Power forward

47
89 87
Gerald Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Shooting guard

48
77 81
Jim Chones is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Power forward, Center

49
65 63
Brevin Knight is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard

50
75 91
Delonte West is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard