NBA The Best Cleveland Cavaliers To Have Their Numbers Retired  

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List Rules Vote up the best Cleveland Cavaliers players to have their legendary number retired for all time.

These Cleveland Cavaliers players have all had their numbers retired. After making a big impact while playing for the team, players such as Nate Thurmond and Bingo Smith had their jerseys retired. But not every player in the NBA gets their number retired, it is an honor bestowed upon the best players of a franchise. Which of these athletes are the greatest Cleveland Cavaliers players? This list is only for Cleveland Cavaliers players with retired numbers. Coaches and managers have had their numbers retired as well but we're here to determine the best Cleveland Cavaliers players that have had their number retired for all time.

Although these are undoubtedly great players, not all of them have been voted into the Basketball Hall of Fame despite having their numbers retired. The Cleveland Cavaliers players that have been elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame are noted below. Vote up the Cleveland Cavaliers players with retired numbers that you think made the biggest contribution to the team.

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6 3
Larry Nance is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers To Have Their Numbers Retired
Power forward, Center

Number: 22

Years with franchise1988–1994​​​​​​​

2
5 3
Žydrūnas Ilgauskas is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers To Have Their Numbers Retired
Center

Number: 11

Years with franchise1997–2010

3
4 2
Austin Carr is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers To Have Their Numbers Retired
Guard

Number: 34

Years with franchise1971–1980

4
4 2
Brad Daugherty is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers To Have Their Numbers Retired
Center

Number: 43

Years with franchise1986–1994

Elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

5
4 2
Mark Price is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers To Have Their Numbers Retired
Point guard

Number: 25

Years with franchise1986–1995​​​​​​​

6
4 4
Nate Thurmond is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers To Have Their Numbers Retired
Power forward, Center

Number: 42

Years with franchise1975–1977

Elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

7
1 6
Bingo Smith is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers To Have Their Numbers Retired
Shooting guard

Number: 7

Years with franchise: 1970–1979