NBA 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
3,580 386
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Small forward, Power forward
2
2,594 574
Kyrie Irving is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard
3
1,607 572
Mark Price is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard
4
1,281 489
Larry Nance is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Power forward, Center
5
1,547 466
Kevin Love is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Power forward, Center
6
1,008 506
Brad Daugherty is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
7
999 574
Žydrūnas Ilgauskas is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
8
1,111 524
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
TheShaqAttaq added Center
9
887 452
Shawn Kemp is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Power forward
10
648 441
Mo Williams is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard
11
566 300
Ron Harper is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard, Small forward
12
542 274
World B. Free is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard
13
482 243
Austin Carr is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Guard
14
444 229
John
Power forward, Center
15
720 466
Tristan Thompson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
bigulcards added Power forward
16
847 441
J. R. Smith is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Shooting guard
17
401 233
Craig Ehlo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward
18
312 172
Lenny Wilkens is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard
19
311 238
Terrell Brandon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard
20
468 395
Anderson Varejão is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Power forward, Center
21
359 153
Walt Frazier is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
idawg387 added Point guard
22
388 229
Andre Miller is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard
23
211 185
Antawn Jamison is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
idawg387 added Small forward, Power forward
24
341 215
Iman Shumpert is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard
25
324 146
Richard Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Small forward