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
3,149 339
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Small forward, Power forward

2
2,255 511
Kyrie Irving is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard

3
1,417 489
Mark Price is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard

4
1,115 425
Larry Nance is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Power forward, Center

5
1,367 407
Kevin Love is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Power forward, Center

6
898 516
Žydrūnas Ilgauskas is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time

7
898 461
Brad Daugherty is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time

8
961 439
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
TheShaqAttaq added Center

9
582 381
Mo Williams is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard

10
804 410
Shawn Kemp is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Power forward

11
478 243
World B. Free is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard

12
498 277
Ron Harper is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard, Small forward

13
774 373
J. R. Smith is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Shooting guard

14
424 210
Austin Carr is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Guard

15
651 411
Tristan Thompson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
bigulcards added Power forward

16
394 208
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Power forward, Center

17
285 148
Lenny Wilkens is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard

18
364 213
Craig Ehlo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward

19
283 211
Terrell Brandon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard

20
368 210
Andre Miller is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard

21
325 134
Walt Frazier is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
idawg387 added Point guard

22
415 370
Anderson Varejão is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Power forward, Center

23
189 167
Antawn Jamison is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
idawg387 added Small forward, Power forward

24
302 195
Iman Shumpert is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard

25
304 40
Kyle Korver is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward

26
284 132
Richard Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Small forward

27
169 247
Timofey Mozgov is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time

28
289 179
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Point guard, Shooting guard

29
217 84
Nate Thurmond is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Power forward, Center

30
167 180
Tyrone Hill is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Power forward

31
192 179
Dion Waiters is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard

32
140 110
Daniel Gibson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
idawg387 added Point guard, Shooting guard

33
167 64
Channing Frye is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
DeanLegend added Power forward, Center

34
115 177
Bobby Phills is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Shooting guard

35
159 119
Carlos Boozer is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Power forward

36
132 162
Shawn Marion is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Small forward, Power forward

37
110 153
Chris Mills is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Small forward

38
125 79
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Point guard, Shooting guard, Small forward

39
125 95
Bingo Smith is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Shooting guard

40
249 132
Steve Kerr is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard

41
132 92
James Jones is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward

42
113 157
Danny Ferry is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Small forward, Power forward

43
91 87
Eric Snow is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
idawg387 added Point guard

44
73 72
Wally Szczerbiak is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward

45
126 53
Ben Wallace is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Justin Kim added Power forward, Center

46
86 84
Gerald Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Shooting guard

47
131 74
Campy Russell is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward

48
76 77
Jim Chones is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Power forward, Center

49
63 61
Brevin Knight is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard

50
73 87
Delonte West is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard