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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1
2,863 305
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
LeBron James Small forward, Power forward, Point forward

2
2,039 461
Kyrie Irving is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Kyrie Irving Point guard

3
1,283 437
Mark Price is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Mark Price Point guard

4
995 386
Larry Nance is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Larry Nance Power forward, Center

5
825 416
Brad Daugherty is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time

6
1,204 375
Kevin Love is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Kevin Love Power forward, Center

7
802 478
Žydrūnas Ilgauskas is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time

8
724 351
Shawn Kemp is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Shawn Kemp Power forward

9
860 388
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
528 354
Mo Williams is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Mo Williams Point guard

11
460 256
Ron Harper is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Ron Harper Point guard, Small forward

12
430 229
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
707 309
J. R. Smith is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Jr Smith Shooting guard

14
597 362
Tristan Thompson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
bigulcards added Tristan Thompson Power forward

The Best Cleveland Cavaliers Centers of All Time

15
372 197
Austin Carr is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time

16
359 189
John
John "Hot Rod" Williams Power forward, Center

17
331 191
Craig Ehlo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Craig Ehlo Shooting guard, Small forward

18
248 132
Lenny Wilkens is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Lenny Wilkens Point guard

19
252 191
Terrell Brandon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Terrell Brandon Point guard

20
333 196
Andre Miller is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Andre Miller Point guard

21
284 118
Walt Frazier is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
idawg387 added Walt Frazier Point guard

The Greatest U.S. Vice Presidents of All Time

22
384 352
Anderson Varejão is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Anderson Varejão Power forward, Center

23
180 149
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
279 173
Iman Shumpert is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Iman Shumpert Point guard

25
251 121
Richard Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Richard Jefferson Small forward

26
249 33
Kyle Korver is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Kyle Korver Shooting guard, Small forward

27
152 225
Timofey Mozgov is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time

28
261 169
Matthew Dellavedova is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time

The Best Cleveland Cavaliers Point Guards of All Time

29
150 170
Tyrone Hill is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Tyrone Hill Power forward

30
191 80
Nate Thurmond is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Nate Thurmond Power forward, Center

31
175 161
Dion Waiters is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Dion Waiters Point guard, Shooting guard

32
106 164
Bobby Phills is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Bobby Phills Shooting guard

33
148 57
Channing Frye is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
DeanLegend added Channing Frye Power forward, Center

34
118 106
Daniel Gibson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
idawg387 added Daniel Gibson Point guard, Shooting guard

35
142 108
Carlos Boozer is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Carlos Boozer Power forward

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36
120 152
Shawn Marion is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Shawn Marion Small forward, Power forward

37
100 146
Chris Mills is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Chris Mills Small forward

38
111 72
Larry Hughes is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Larry Hughes Point guard, Shooting guard, Small forward

39
222 121
Steve Kerr is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Steve Kerr Point guard, Shooting guard

40
109 92
Bingo Smith is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Bingo Smith Shooting guard

41
119 88
James Jones is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
James Jones Shooting guard, Small forward

42
104 148
Danny Ferry is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Danny Ferry Small forward, Power forward

The Best Cleveland Cavaliers Small Forwards of All Time

43
84 79
Eric Snow is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
idawg387 added Eric Snow Point guard

44
67 63
Wally Szczerbiak is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Wally Szczerbiak Shooting guard, Small forward

45
80 74
Gerald Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Gerald Wilkins Shooting guard

46
111 47
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
110 70
Campy Russell is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Campy Russell Shooting guard, Small forward

48
63 72
Jim Chones is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Jim Chones Power forward, Center

49
55 54
Brevin Knight is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Brevin Knight Point guard

50
63 76
Delonte West is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Delonte West Point guard, Shooting guard