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The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time

Updated December 23, 2019 47.5k votes 6.3k voters 86.7k views121 items

List RulesPlease 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 James1
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    LeBron James

    Small forward, Power forward

    Age36

    BirthplaceAkron, Ohio, United States of America

    Number23

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

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  • Kyrie Irving2
    2,680
    642

    Kyrie Irving

    Point guard

    Age28

    BirthplaceMelbourne, Australia

    Number2

    TeamsBrooklyn Nets

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    The Best Kyrie 4 Colorways, Ranked#88 of 102 The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today

  • Kevin Love3
    1,748
    558

    Kevin Love

    Power forward, Center

    Age32

    BirthplaceSanta Monica, California, United States of America

    Number42

    TeamsCleveland Cavaliers

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    #8 of 42 The Greatest UCLA Basketball Players of All Time#6 of 86 The Best Second-Generation NBA Players Of All Time

  • Mark Price4
    1,693
    597

    Mark Price

    Point guard

    Age56

    BirthplaceBartlesville, Oklahoma, United States of America

    TeamsWashington Wizards, Orlando Magic, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors

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    #6 of 27 The Best '90s Point Guards#1 of 27 The Greatest Georgia Tech Basketball Players of All Time

  • Larry Nance5
    1,365
    497

    Larry Nance

    Power forward, Center

    Age60

    BirthplaceAnderson, South Carolina

    TeamsPhoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers

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    #66 of 165 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time#33 of 168 The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History

  • Brad Daugherty6
    1,067
    485

    Age54

    BirthplaceBlack Mountain, North Carolina, United States of America

    TeamsCleveland Cavaliers

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    #10 of 51 The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time#32 of 55 The Best No. 1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time, Ranked

  • Austin Carr7
    544
    221

    Age71

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C.

    Number22, 34

    TeamsDallas Mavericks, Washington Wizards, Cleveland Cavaliers

  • Žydrūnas Ilgauskas8
    1,054
    551

    Age45

    BirthplaceKaunas, Lithuania

    TeamsCleveland Cavaliers

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    #30 of 130 The Best European NBA Players of All Time#37 of 107 The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

  • World B. Free9
    585
    272

    World B. Free

    Point guard, Shooting guard

    Age67

    BirthplaceAtlanta, Georgia

    TeamsPhiladelphia 76ers, Houston Rockets, San Diego Clippers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors

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    #14 of 78 The Best Philadelphia 76ers of All Time#62 of 120 The Fastest NBA Players of All Time

  • John "Hot Rod" Williams10
    444
    214

    John "Hot Rod" Williams

    Power forward, Center

    Age57

    BirthplaceSorrento, Louisiana

    TeamsDallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers

  • Ron Harper11
    578
    297

    Ron Harper

    Point guard, Small forward

    Age56

    BirthplaceDayton, Ohio, United States of America

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Clippers, Chicago Bulls

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    #69 of 175 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History#11 of 73 The Greatest Chicago Bulls of All Time

  • Shaquille O'Neal12
    1,194
    702

    Age48

    BirthplaceNewark, New Jersey, United States of America

    Number33

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic, Boston Celtics

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    #1020 of 2,443 The Most Influential People of All Time#706 of 1,427 The Best Athletes Of All Time

  • Shawn Kemp13
    894
    489

    Shawn Kemp

    Power forward

    Age51

    BirthplaceElkhart, Indiana

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers, Orlando Magic, Cleveland Cavaliers, Seattle Supersonics

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    #40 of 141 The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time#4 of 31 The Best Power Forwards of the 1990s

  • Walt Frazier14
    391
    170

    Walt Frazier

    Point guard

    Age74

    BirthplaceGeorgia, USA, Atlanta

    TeamsCleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks

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    #4 of 22 The Best NBA Point Guards of the 60s#12 of 20 Athletes with the Best Facial Hair

  • Kyle Korver15
    449
    105

    Kyle Korver

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age39

    BirthplaceLakewood, California

    Number26

    TeamsMilwaukee Bucks

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    #138 of 256 The Top NBA Players Of All Time#59 of 161 The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings

  • Craig Ehlo16
    394
    227

    Craig Ehlo

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age58

    BirthplaceLubbock, Texas

    TeamsAtlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets, Cleveland Cavaliers, Seattle Supersonics

  • J.R. Smith17
    882
    533

    J.R. Smith

    Shooting guard

    Age35

    BirthplaceFreehold Borough, New Jersey

    Number5

    TeamsCleveland Cavaliers

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    #97 of 135 The Best Small Forwards of All Time#12 of 96 The Most Overrated Players In The NBA Today

  • Nate Thurmond18
    294
    106

    Nate Thurmond

    Power forward, Center

    Age78

    BirthplaceAkron, Ohio, United States of America

    TeamsCleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, San Francisco Warriors, Chicago Bulls

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    #3 of 22 The Best NBA Centers of the 1960s#18 of 23 The Best Power Forwards of the '70s

  • Lenny Wilkens19
    335
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    Lenny Wilkens

    Point guard

    Age82

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers, St. Louis Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Seattle Supersonics

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    #57 of 150 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History#8 of 76 The All Time Greatest NBA Coaches

  • Tristan Thompson20
    771
    521

    Tristan Thompson

    Power forward

    Age29

    BirthplaceBrampton, Canada

    Number13

    TeamsCleveland Cavaliers

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    #27 of 50 The Best NBA Centers Right Now#188 of 294 The Top 100+ NBA Players Today

  • Richard Jefferson21
    370
    171

    Richard Jefferson

    Small forward

    Age40

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

    Number44

    TeamsBrooklyn Nets

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    #81 of 115 The Funniest Professional Athletes#23 of 31 The Best NBA Commentators Ever

  • Andre Miller22
    341
    209

    Andre Miller

    Point guard

    Age43

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California

    Number24

    TeamsPhiladelphia 76ers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Clippers

  • Mo Williams23
    626
    452

    Mo Williams

    Point guard

    Age37

    BirthplaceJackson, Mississippi

    Number5

    TeamsUtah Jazz, Milwaukee Bucks

  • Terrell Brandon24
    331
    215

    Terrell Brandon

    Point guard

    Age50

    BirthplacePortland, Oregon

    TeamsCleveland Cavaliers, Minnesota Timberwolves, Milwaukee Bucks

  • Anderson Varejão25
    466
    336

    Anderson Varejão

    Power forward, Center

    Age38

    BirthplaceColatina, Brazil

    Number17

    TeamsCleveland Cavaliers