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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3,030 328
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
LeBron James Small forward, Power forward

2
2,168 499
Kyrie Irving is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Kyrie Irving Point guard

3
1,365 478
Mark Price is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Mark Price Point guard

4
1,078 412
Larry Nance is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Larry Nance Power forward, Center

5
875 446
Brad Daugherty is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time

6
1,315 396
Kevin Love is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Kevin Love Power forward, Center

7
868 505
Žydrūnas Ilgauskas is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time

8
779 387
Shawn Kemp is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Shawn Kemp Power forward

9
926 412
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
562 368
Mo Williams is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Mo Williams Point guard

11
460 238
World B. Free is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
World B. Free Point guard, Shooting guard

12
483 269
Ron Harper is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Ron Harper Point guard, Small forward

13
750 340
J. R. Smith is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
J.R. Smith Shooting guard

14
401 206
Austin Carr is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Austin Carr Guard

The Best Cleveland Cavaliers Point Guards of All Time

15
633 385
Tristan Thompson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
bigulcards added Tristan Thompson Power forward

16
272 141
Lenny Wilkens is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Lenny Wilkens Point guard

17
351 203
Craig Ehlo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Craig Ehlo Shooting guard, Small forward

18
376 201
John
John "Hot Rod" Williams Power forward, Center

19
266 203
Terrell Brandon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Terrell Brandon Point guard

20
314 126
Walt Frazier is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
idawg387 added Walt Frazier Point guard

21
353 205
Andre Miller is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Andre Miller Point guard

The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time

22
399 365
Anderson Varejão is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Anderson Varejão Power forward, Center

23
186 157
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
292 186
Iman Shumpert is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Iman Shumpert Point guard

25
281 37
Kyle Korver is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Kyle Korver Shooting guard, Small forward

26
269 127
Richard Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Richard Jefferson Small forward

27
160 233
Timofey Mozgov is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time

28
274 174
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Matthew Dellavedova Point guard, Shooting guard

The Best Cleveland Cavaliers Centers of All Time

29
157 175
Tyrone Hill is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Tyrone Hill Power forward

30
205 82
Nate Thurmond is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Nate Thurmond Power forward, Center

31
186 168
Dion Waiters is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Dion Waiters Point guard, Shooting guard

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128 106
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
110 170
Bobby Phills is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Bobby Phills Shooting guard

34
158 61
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
149 113
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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126 155
Shawn Marion is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Shawn Marion Small forward, Power forward

37
104 150
Chris Mills is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Chris Mills Small forward

38
118 75
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Larry Hughes Point guard, Shooting guard, Small forward

39
239 127
Steve Kerr is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Steve Kerr Point guard, Shooting guard

40
114 95
Bingo Smith is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Bingo Smith Shooting guard

41
126 91
James Jones is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
James Jones Shooting guard, Small forward

42
107 152
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

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87 82
Eric Snow is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
idawg387 added Eric Snow Point guard

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84 78
Gerald Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Gerald Wilkins Shooting guard

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

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118 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
120 72
Campy Russell is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Campy Russell Shooting guard, Small forward

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67 75
Jim Chones is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Jim Chones Power forward, Center

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

50
65 80
Delonte West is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Delonte West Point guard, Shooting guard