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
3,589 386
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Small forward, Power forward
2
2,602 575
Kyrie Irving is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard
3
1,609 575
Mark Price is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard
4
1,285 491
Larry Nance is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Power forward, Center
5
1,552 467
Kevin Love is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Power forward, Center
6
1,011 507
Brad Daugherty is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
7
1,000 576
Žydrūnas Ilgauskas is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
8
1,116 526
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
TheShaqAttaq added Center
9
888 456
Shawn Kemp is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Power forward
10
652 442
Mo Williams is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard
11
567 302
Ron Harper is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard, Small forward
12
544 275
World B. Free is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard
13
484 243
Austin Carr is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Guard
14
446 230
John
Power forward, Center
15
721 470
Tristan Thompson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
bigulcards added Power forward
16
851 442
J. R. Smith is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Shooting guard
17
402 235
Craig Ehlo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward
18
313 174
Lenny Wilkens is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard
19
312 240
Terrell Brandon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard
20
470 396
Anderson Varejão is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Power forward, Center
21
361 153
Walt Frazier is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
idawg387 added Point guard
22
388 231
Andre Miller is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard
23
213 186
Antawn Jamison is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
idawg387 added Small forward, Power forward
24
342 217
Iman Shumpert is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard
25
327 146
Richard Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Small forward