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The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time 

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Updated December 23, 2019 49.9k votes 6.1k voters 84.7k views 137 items

List Rules Please vote for the players based only on their time with the Cavaliers

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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LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Small forward and Power forward from Akron, Ohio, United States of America

Age: 35

Number: 23

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers

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

Age: 27

Number: 2

Teams: Brooklyn Nets

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3
Mark Price is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard from Bartlesville, Oklahoma, United States of America

Age: 55

Teams: Washington Wizards, Orlando Magic, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors

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4
Kevin Love is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Power forward and Center from Santa Monica, California, United States of America

Age: 31

Number: 42

Teams: Cleveland Cavaliers

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5
Larry Nance is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Power forward and Center from Anderson, South Carolina

Age: 60

Teams: Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers

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Brad Daugherty is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Center from Black Mountain, North Carolina, United States of America

Age: 54

Teams: Cleveland Cavaliers

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Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
TheShaqAttaq added Center from Newark, New Jersey, United States of America

Age: 47

Teams: Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat

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Žydrūnas Ilgauskas is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Center from Kaunas, Lithuania

Age: 44

Teams: Cleveland Cavaliers

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Shawn Kemp is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Power forward from Elkhart, Indiana

Age: 50

Teams: Portland Trail Blazers, Orlando Magic, Cleveland Cavaliers, Seattle Supersonics

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World B. Free is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard and Shooting guard from Atlanta, Georgia

Age: 66

Teams: Philadelphia 76ers, Houston Rockets, San Diego Clippers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors

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

Age: 55

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Clippers, Chicago Bulls

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12
Austin Carr is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Guard from Washington, D.C.

Age: 71

Number: 22, 34

Teams: Dallas Mavericks, Washington Wizards, Cleveland Cavaliers

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J. R. Smith is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Shooting guard from Freehold Borough, New Jersey

Age: 34

Number: 5

Teams: Cleveland Cavaliers

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Tristan Thompson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
bigulcards added Power forward from Brampton, Canada

Age: 28

Number: 13

Teams: Cleveland Cavaliers

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15
John "Hot Rod"... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Power forward and Center from Sorrento, Louisiana

Age: 57

Teams: Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers

16
Mo Williams is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard from Jackson, Mississippi, United States of America

Age: 37

Number: 5

Teams: Utah Jazz, Milwaukee Bucks

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

Age: 58

Teams: Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets, Cleveland Cavaliers, Seattle Supersonics

18
Lenny Wilkens is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard from New York City, New York

Age: 82

Teams: Portland Trail Blazers, St. Louis Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Seattle Supersonics

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19
Walt Frazier is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
idawg387 added Point guard from Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America

Age: 74

Teams: Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks

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20
Kyle Korver is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Shooting guard and Small forward from Lakewood, California

Age: 38

Number: 26

Teams: Milwaukee Bucks

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21
Andre Miller is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard from Los Angeles, California

Age: 43

Number: 24

Teams: Philadelphia 76ers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Clippers

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Anderson Varejão ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Power forward and Center from Colatina, Brazil

Age: 37

Number: 17

Teams: Cleveland Cavaliers

23
Terrell Brandon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard from Portland, Oregon

Age: 49

Teams: Cleveland Cavaliers, Minnesota Timberwolves, Milwaukee Bucks

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Point guard / Shooting guard from Maryborough, Australia

Age: 29

Number: 18

Teams: Cleveland Cavaliers

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Nate Thurmond is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Power forward and Center from Akron, Ohio

Age: 78

Teams: Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, San Francisco Warriors, Chicago Bulls

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