Top 10 Cleveland Cavaliers of All-Time

Top 10 Cleveland Cavaliers of All-Time

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Cleveland Cavaliers

Honorable Mentions:

20. Craig Ehlo

19. Phil Hubbard

18. Shawn Kemp

17. Anderson Varejao

16. Bingo Smith

15. Andre Miller

14. Campy Russell

13. Mike Mitchell

12. Jim Chones

11. John “Hot Rod” Williams

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10. Terrell Brandon

Seasons in CLE:

6 (1991-1997)

Stats w/ the Cavs

12.7 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 4.9 APG, 1.7 Stocks, 44.6 FG%

The 11th overall pick by the Cavaliers in the 1991 draft, Terrell Brandon was one of the best point guards during the ’90s. An excellent free-throw shooter whose career mark sits at 87.3 percent, Brandon was the heir apparent to Mark Price for the Cavaliers at point guard and was part of four Cleveland playoff teams.

An All-Star during 1996-1997, Brandon played an integral part in the Cavs’ success of the ’90s but was later traded in a deal that brought Shawn Kemp to Cleveland.


9. Ron Harper

Seasons in CLE:

4 (1986-1990)

Stats w/ the Cavs

19.4 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 5.1 APG, 3.3 Stocks, 47.4 FG%

Who knows how the history of the franchise might have been changed had the Cavs not traded away the incredibly talented Harper on Nov. 16, 1989? H began his career as a prolific scorer but it was his defense and floor leadership that made him a key contributor to three titles in Chicago and two with the Lakers.

Ron Harper was one of the most athletic guards in Cavaliers history. A dynamic scorer, Harper averaged 22.9 points per game during his rookie season in Cleveland after being taken eighth overall by the Cavs in the 1986 draft.

The Ohio native and Miami University graduate only played three seasons for the Cavs before being traded to the Los Angeles Clippers, but his impact was felt for years to come. A great defender and team leader, Harper would later go on to win five NBA titles with the Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls.

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8. World B. Free

Seasons in CLE:

4 (1982-1986)

Stats w/ the Cavs

23.0 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 3.9 APG, 1.4 Stocks, 45.4 FG%

World B. Free was one of the NBA’s original flashy stars. His style, name, hair and game all helped make him such a fun player to watch on what were some less-than-stellar Cavalier teams in the early 1980s.

Never scoring less than 22.5 points per game in any of his four seasons with Cleveland, Free helped draw crowds and began to build a buzz that would eventually lead to numerous playoff trips for the Cavs in the near future. Free never saw a shot he didn’t like and is viewed as one of the best pure scorers in Cavaliers history.


7. Austin Carr

Seasons in CLE:

9 (1971-1980)

Stats w/ the Cavs

16.0 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 2.9 APG, 0.9 Stocks, 45.1 FG%

“Mr Cavalier” was this franchises first star, averaging more than 21 points in his first three seasons, he was done in by bad knees that even his big heart couldn’t overcome. He was the number one overall pick in 1971 after averaging a record 44 points in 10 NCAA tournament games for Notre Dame.

As stated before, Carr averaged over 20 points per game during each of his first three pro seasons. He stands as the No. 3 overall scorer in Cavaliers history and is fifth overall in games played.

Carr is, of course, the TV color man for all Cavs broadcasts now, and together with Fred McLeod, they form one of the best commentary duos in all of basketball. But then again.. I am pretty biased.


6. Kyrie Irving

Seasons in CLE:

4 (2011-Present)

Stats w/ the Cavs

21.0 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 5.7 APG, 1.7 Stocks, 45.3 FG%

Irving has spent just four seasons with the Cavaliers thus far, but already deserves a spot in the top-10. Already named NBA Rookie of the Year in 2011-12 and and three straight All-Star selections in 2013, 2014 and 2015. Irving is also a talented shooter who won the NBA’s Three-Point Contest at the 2013 All-Star break.

At 23, he has some of the best handles in the league and can get by any defender at almost any time. Irving never got much credit because of little national media attention but now that the King is back in Cleveland, the NBA world is finally starting to realize “Uncle Drew” is legit. So legit that he very well might be the best point guard of the next decade.


5. Zydrunas Ilgauskas

Seasons in CLE:

12 (1997-2010)

Stats w/ the Cavs

13.8 PPG, 7.7 RPG, 1.2 APG, 2.1 Stocks, 47.5 FG%

Big Z is a tribute to perseverance and loyalty, overcoming personal and professional tragedies to become the team’s all-time leader in games played, minutes, rebounds, offensive rebounds and blocked shots.

“Z” was the starting center on a lot of good Cavalier teams during the mid-to-late 2000’s and one of LeBron James’ favorite teammates of his entire basketball life. A fan favorite who always let his game do the talking, this man is truly a class act. Deservingly so, his number 11 is now retired and hanging up in the Q. Much deserved.


4. Larry Nance

Seasons in CLE:

7 (1987-1994)

Stats w/ the Cavs

16.8 PPG, 8.2 RPG, 2.6 APG, 3.3 Stocks, 53.0 FG%

Larry Nance began his career with the Phoenix Suns, but is perhaps better known for his play with the Cavaliers. A great jumper, Nance proved to be a defensive anchor on some very good Cavalier teams. His 1,087 total blocked shots ranks third in team history. A two-time All-Star while in Cleveland, Nance made the NBA All-Defensive team for three seasons and still holds the Cavaliers’ record for most blocked shots in a season with 243.


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