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. 

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3,066 329
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
LeBron James Small forward, Power forward

2
2,194 502
Kyrie Irving is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Kyrie Irving Point guard

3
1,381 478
Mark Price is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Mark Price Point guard

4
1,087 417
Larry Nance is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Larry Nance Power forward, Center

5
885 449
Brad Daugherty is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time

6
1,331 398
Kevin Love is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Kevin Love Power forward, Center

7
879 506
Žydrūnas Ilgauskas is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time

8
786 396
Shawn Kemp is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Shawn Kemp Power forward

9
936 425
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
TheShaqAttaq added Shaquille O'Neal Center

10
567 373
Mo Williams is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Mo Williams Point guard

11
490 271
Ron Harper is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Ron Harper Point guard, Small forward

12
465 240
World B. Free is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
World B. Free Point guard, Shooting guard

13
759 350
J. R. Smith is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
J.R. Smith Shooting guard

14
407 208
Austin Carr is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Austin Carr Guard

15
279 142
Lenny Wilkens is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Lenny Wilkens Point guard

16
639 396
Tristan Thompson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
bigulcards added Tristan Thompson Power forward

17
382 203
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John "Hot Rod" Williams Power forward, Center

18
355 207
Craig Ehlo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Craig Ehlo Shooting guard, Small forward

19
272 206
Terrell Brandon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Terrell Brandon Point guard

20
319 129
Walt Frazier is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
idawg387 added Walt Frazier Point guard

21
359 206
Andre Miller is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Andre Miller Point guard

22
404 366
Anderson Varejão is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Anderson Varejão Power forward, Center

23
188 159
Antawn Jamison is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
idawg387 added Antawn Jamison Small forward, Power forward

24
296 189
Iman Shumpert is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Iman Shumpert Point guard

25
288 38
Kyle Korver is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Kyle Korver Shooting guard, Small forward

26
276 129
Richard Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Richard Jefferson Small forward

27
164 237
Timofey Mozgov is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time

28
282 175
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Matthew Dellavedova Point guard, Shooting guard

29
162 177
Tyrone Hill is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Tyrone Hill Power forward

30
210 82
Nate Thurmond is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Nate Thurmond Power forward, Center

31
188 173
Dion Waiters is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Dion Waiters Point guard, Shooting guard

32
132 108
Daniel Gibson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
idawg387 added Daniel Gibson Point guard, Shooting guard

33
112 172
Bobby Phills is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Bobby Phills Shooting guard

34
162 62
Channing Frye is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
DeanLegend added Channing Frye Power forward, Center

35
151 115
Carlos Boozer is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Carlos Boozer Power forward

36
128 156
Shawn Marion is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Shawn Marion Small forward, Power forward

37
121 75
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Larry Hughes Point guard, Shooting guard, Small forward

38
104 151
Chris Mills is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Chris Mills Small forward

39
242 128
Steve Kerr is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Steve Kerr Point guard, Shooting guard

40
118 95
Bingo Smith is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Bingo Smith Shooting guard

41
126 92
James Jones is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
James Jones Shooting guard, Small forward

42
89 82
Eric Snow is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
idawg387 added Eric Snow Point guard

43
108 154
Danny Ferry is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Danny Ferry Small forward, Power forward

44
84 79
Gerald Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Gerald Wilkins Shooting guard

45
69 68
Wally Szczerbiak is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Wally Szczerbiak Shooting guard, Small forward

46
120 50
Ben Wallace is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Justin Kim added Ben Wallace Power forward, Center

47
127 72
Campy Russell is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Campy Russell Shooting guard, Small forward

48
72 75
Jim Chones is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Jim Chones Power forward, Center

49
57 58
Brevin Knight is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Brevin Knight Point guard

50
69 80
Delonte West is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Delonte West Point guard, Shooting guard