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
3,241 348
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Small forward, Power forward

2
2,321 523
Kyrie Irving is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard

3
1,456 505
Mark Price is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard

4
1,145 443
Larry Nance is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Power forward, Center

5
1,409 415
Kevin Love is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Power forward, Center

6
923 527
Žydrūnas Ilgauskas is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time

7
925 467
Brad Daugherty is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time

8
992 456
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
TheShaqAttaq added Center

9
602 391
Mo Williams is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard

10
824 417
Shawn Kemp is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Power forward

11
493 246
World B. Free is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard

12
515 278
Ron Harper is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard, Small forward

13
434 216
Austin Carr is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Guard

14
793 382
J. R. Smith is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Shooting guard

15
406 210
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Power forward, Center

16
670 418
Tristan Thompson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
bigulcards added Power forward

17
292 153
Lenny Wilkens is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard

18
373 216
Craig Ehlo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward

19
287 216
Terrell Brandon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard

20
427 372
Anderson Varejão is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Power forward, Center

21
373 213
Andre Miller is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard

22
333 137
Walt Frazier is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
idawg387 added Point guard

23
194 170
Antawn Jamison is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
idawg387 added Small forward, Power forward

24
311 197
Iman Shumpert is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard

25
293 133
Richard Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Small forward

26
316 42
Kyle Korver is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward

27
299 181
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Point guard, Shooting guard

28
174 250
Timofey Mozgov is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time

29
223 85
Nate Thurmond is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Power forward, Center

30
169 183
Tyrone Hill is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Power forward

31
199 183
Dion Waiters is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard

32
145 112
Daniel Gibson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
idawg387 added Point guard, Shooting guard

33
176 65
Channing Frye is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
DeanLegend added Power forward, Center

34
164 121
Carlos Boozer is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Power forward

35
127 97
Bingo Smith is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Shooting guard

36
117 180
Bobby Phills is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Shooting guard

37
138 166
Shawn Marion is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Small forward, Power forward

38
130 80
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Point guard, Shooting guard, Small forward

39
111 156
Chris Mills is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Small forward

40
252 136
Steve Kerr is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard

41
133 75
Campy Russell is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward

42
138 94
James Jones is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward

43
132 53
Ben Wallace is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Justin Kim added Power forward, Center

44
93 88
Eric Snow is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
idawg387 added Point guard

45
113 161
Danny Ferry is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Small forward, Power forward

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

47
88 86
Gerald Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Shooting guard

48
77 79
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 89
Delonte West is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard