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The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time

Updated December 23, 2019 48.7k votes 6.2k voters 86.0k views121 items

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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
    LeBron James
    3,877
    384

    LeBron James

    Small forward, Power forward

    Age35

    BirthplaceAkron, Ohio, United States of America

    Number23

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

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  • 2
    Kyrie Irving
    2,756
    651

    Kyrie Irving

    Point guard

    Age27

    BirthplaceMelbourne, Australia

    Number2

    TeamsBrooklyn Nets

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  • 3
    Mark Price
    1,727
    614

    Mark Price

    Point guard

    Age55

    BirthplaceBartlesville, Oklahoma, United States of America

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

  • 4
    Kevin Love
    1,797
    557

    Kevin Love

    Power forward, Center

    Age31

    BirthplaceSanta Monica, California, United States of America

    Number42

    TeamsCleveland Cavaliers

  • 5
    Larry Nance
    1,398
    512

    Larry Nance

    Power forward, Center

    Age60

    BirthplaceAnderson, South Carolina

    TeamsPhoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers

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    #69 of 165 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time#166 of 227 The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History

  • 6
    Brad Daugherty
    1,088
    497

    Age54

    BirthplaceBlack Mountain, North Carolina, United States of America

    TeamsCleveland Cavaliers

  • 7
    Austin Carr
    553
    224

    Age71

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C.

    Number22, 34

    TeamsDallas Mavericks, Washington Wizards, Cleveland Cavaliers

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  • 8
    World B. Free
    597
    274

    World B. Free

    Point guard, Shooting guard

    Age66

    BirthplaceAtlanta, Georgia

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

  • 9
    Žydrūnas Ilgauskas
    1,079
    567

    Age44

    BirthplaceKaunas, Lithuania

    TeamsCleveland Cavaliers

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  • 10
    Shawn Kemp
    924
    501

    Shawn Kemp

    Power forward

    Age50

    BirthplaceElkhart, Indiana

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

  • 11
    John "Hot Rod" Williams
    454
    218

    John "Hot Rod" Williams

    Power forward, Center

    Age57

    BirthplaceSorrento, Louisiana

    TeamsDallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers

  • 12
    Ron Harper
    594
    309

    Ron Harper

    Point guard, Small forward

    Age55

    BirthplaceDayton, Ohio

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

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  • 13
    Shaquille O'Neal
    1,232
    723

    Age47

    BirthplaceNewark, New Jersey, United States of America

    TeamsPhoenix Suns, Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat

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  • 14
    Kyle Korver
    461
    105

    Kyle Korver

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age38

    BirthplaceLakewood, California

    Number26

    TeamsMilwaukee Bucks

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  • 15
    Walt Frazier
    404
    174

    Walt Frazier

    Point guard

    Age74

    BirthplaceAtlanta, Georgia, United States of America

    TeamsCleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks

  • 16
    Craig Ehlo
    406
    233

    Craig Ehlo

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age58

    BirthplaceLubbock, Texas

    TeamsAtlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets, Cleveland Cavaliers, Seattle Supersonics

  • 17
    J.R. Smith
    915
    548

    J.R. Smith

    Shooting guard

    Age34

    BirthplaceFreehold Borough, New Jersey

    Number5

    TeamsCleveland Cavaliers

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  • 18
    Nate Thurmond
    302
    109

    Nate Thurmond

    Power forward, Center

    Age78

    BirthplaceAkron, Ohio, United States of America

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

  • 19
    Lenny Wilkens
    346
    198

    Lenny Wilkens

    Point guard

    Age82

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

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

  • 20
    Tristan Thompson
    795
    539

    Tristan Thompson

    Power forward

    Age28

    BirthplaceBrampton, Canada

    Number13

    TeamsCleveland Cavaliers

  • 21
    Andre Miller
    352
    215

    Andre Miller

    Point guard

    Age43

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California

    Number24

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

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  • 22
    Richard Jefferson
    381
    174

    Richard Jefferson

    Small forward

    Age39

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

    Number44

    TeamsBrooklyn Nets

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  • 23
    Mo Williams
    651
    467

    Mo Williams

    Point guard

    Age37

    BirthplaceJackson, Mississippi

    Number5

    TeamsUtah Jazz, Milwaukee Bucks

  • 24
    Terrell Brandon
    340
    223

    Terrell Brandon

    Point guard

    Age49

    BirthplacePortland, Oregon

    TeamsCleveland Cavaliers, Minnesota Timberwolves, Milwaukee Bucks

  • 25
    Anderson Varejão
    480
    348

    Anderson Varejão

    Power forward, Center

    Age37

    BirthplaceColatina, Brazil

    Number17

    TeamsCleveland Cavaliers