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
3,105 333
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Small forward, Power forward

2
2,220 505
Kyrie Irving is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard

3
1,397 482
Mark Price is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard

4
1,100 421
Larry Nance is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Power forward, Center

5
1,347 400
Kevin Love is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Power forward, Center

6
890 455
Brad Daugherty is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time

7
887 511
Žydrūnas Ilgauskas is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time

8
791 404
Shawn Kemp is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Power forward

9
574 376
Mo Williams is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard

10
948 433
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
TheShaqAttaq added Center

11
472 241
World B. Free is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard

12
495 273
Ron Harper is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard, Small forward

13
766 361
J. R. Smith is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Shooting guard

14
413 209
Austin Carr is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Guard

15
281 145
Lenny Wilkens is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard

16
643 401
Tristan Thompson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
bigulcards added Power forward

17
386 205
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Power forward, Center

18
358 211
Craig Ehlo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward

19
276 208
Terrell Brandon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard

20
363 208
Andre Miller is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard

21
320 130
Walt Frazier is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
idawg387 added Point guard

22
407 368
Anderson Varejão is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Power forward, Center

23
188 161
Antawn Jamison is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
idawg387 added Small forward, Power forward

24
297 191
Iman Shumpert is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard

25
295 38
Kyle Korver is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward

26
279 130
Richard Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Small forward

27
166 242
Timofey Mozgov is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time

28
285 175
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Point guard, Shooting guard

29
213 82
Nate Thurmond is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Power forward, Center

30
163 178
Tyrone Hill is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Power forward

31
189 175
Dion Waiters is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard

32
135 108
Daniel Gibson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
idawg387 added Point guard, Shooting guard

33
114 173
Bobby Phills is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Shooting guard

34
163 62
Channing Frye is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
DeanLegend added Power forward, Center

35
154 116
Carlos Boozer is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Power forward

36
129 157
Shawn Marion is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Small forward, Power forward

37
122 76
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Point guard, Shooting guard, Small forward

38
106 152
Chris Mills is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Small forward

39
243 129
Steve Kerr is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard

40
120 95
Bingo Smith is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Shooting guard

41
127 92
James Jones is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward

42
90 83
Eric Snow is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
idawg387 added Point guard

43
109 155
Danny Ferry is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Small forward, Power forward

44
72 68
Wally Szczerbiak is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward

45
85 80
Gerald Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Shooting guard

46
121 50
Ben Wallace is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Justin Kim added Power forward, Center

47
127 73
Campy Russell is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward

48
72 76
Jim Chones is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Power forward, Center

49
59 59
Brevin Knight is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard

50
71 81
Delonte West is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard