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
3,197 344
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Small forward, Power forward

2
2,290 517
Kyrie Irving is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard

3
1,432 496
Mark Price is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard

4
1,127 432
Larry Nance is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Power forward, Center

5
1,389 412
Kevin Love is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Power forward, Center

6
910 521
Žydrūnas Ilgauskas is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time

7
912 463
Brad Daugherty is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time

8
594 385
Mo Williams is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard

9
977 449
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
TheShaqAttaq added Center

10
815 412
Shawn Kemp is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Power forward

11
487 244
World B. Free is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard

12
506 277
Ron Harper is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard, Small forward

13
429 213
Austin Carr is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Guard

14
786 379
J. R. Smith is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Shooting guard

15
401 209
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Power forward, Center

16
662 415
Tristan Thompson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
bigulcards added Power forward

17
290 151
Lenny Wilkens is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard

18
372 214
Craig Ehlo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward

19
287 214
Terrell Brandon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard

20
422 370
Anderson Varejão is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Power forward, Center

21
371 212
Andre Miller is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard

22
331 135
Walt Frazier is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
idawg387 added Point guard

23
193 168
Antawn Jamison is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
idawg387 added Small forward, Power forward

24
307 196
Iman Shumpert is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard

25
310 42
Kyle Korver is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward

26
290 132
Richard Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Small forward

27
172 249
Timofey Mozgov is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time

28
294 180
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Point guard, Shooting guard

29
221 84
Nate Thurmond is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Power forward, Center

30
169 181
Tyrone Hill is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Power forward

31
196 181
Dion Waiters is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard

32
144 111
Daniel Gibson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
idawg387 added Point guard, Shooting guard

33
172 64
Channing Frye is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
DeanLegend added Power forward, Center

34
127 96
Bingo Smith is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Shooting guard

35
162 120
Carlos Boozer is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Power forward

36
117 179
Bobby Phills is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Shooting guard

37
135 165
Shawn Marion is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Small forward, Power forward

38
130 79
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Point guard, Shooting guard, Small forward

39
111 155
Chris Mills is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Small forward

40
133 74
Campy Russell is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward

41
250 135
Steve Kerr is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard

42
136 93
James Jones is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward

43
93 87
Eric Snow is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
idawg387 added Point guard

44
130 53
Ben Wallace is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Justin Kim added Power forward, Center

45
113 160
Danny Ferry is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Small forward, Power forward

46
74 73
Wally Szczerbiak is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward

47
87 85
Gerald Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Shooting guard

48
77 78
Jim Chones is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Power forward, Center

49
64 62
Brevin Knight is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard

50
75 88
Delonte West is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard