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Cleveland Cavaliers' Best Center of the Century: Zydrunas Ilgauskas

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There are no pictures of Z in a Cavaliers uniform on file so this is as close as it gets.
There are no pictures of Z in a Cavaliers uniform on file so this is as close as it gets.

The legacy of Zydrunas Ilgauskas can be summer up pretty fairly by the following video upon his return to the Cavaliers after being "traded" to the Washington Wizards. It's safe to say Ilgauskas wasn't just one of the best players in the history of the Cavs but he's easily one of the most popular.

Z demolished Anderson Varejao and Shaquille O'Neal in the voting and took 82% of the votes.

He currently is working for the team as assistant general manager under Chris Grant. Those two would be quite a large front court, not to mention being a front office duo.


More of his career highlights come your way after the jump.

Zydrunas Ilgauskas, 1997-2010: Big Z played 777 games with the Cavaliers and averaged 13.8 points, 7.7 points, 1.2 assists and 1.6 blocks per game. Z's PER with the Cavaliers was 18.8 and he was a fan favorite throughout his tenure with the team. The Lithuanian played in 71 playoff games over 5 seasons and averaged 11.0 points and 7.4 rebounds per game in those fixtures. His playoff PER dipped a bit to just 16.2. He has returned to the front office of the Cavaliers as an assistant general manager after spending the 2010-2011 season on the roster of the Miami Heat.

Here are some of his rankings in the franchise record book:

Games - 1st

Minutes played - 2nd

Rebounds - 1st

Blocks - 1st

Points - 2nd

Win Shares - 4th


Before you hit the comments, let out a loud and proud "ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!"