The Cleveland Cavaliers have been enjoying time in the spotlight over the past several years. The Cleveland curse has been broken and the world is finally realizing that the Cavs are a force to be reckoned with.
So much of the success we’ve enjoyed is because of the long list of all-star players that have graced our roster, like these champions to name a few.
Now you might not agree with all of them, but that's expected. Many of these guys have retired to their lithium-powered sailboats, though, so hear me out. Then share your opinion in the comments.
6. Mark Price
Price is a basketball star through-and-through. He kicked off his spectacular career with nine seasons as a Cavalier from 1986 through 1995. He went on to play for the Washington Bullets, the Golden State Warriors, and the Orlando Magic before retiring as a player in 1998.
Throughout this time, Price raked in an average of 15.2 points per game, not to mention a whopping 6.7 assists per game. Since his retirement, he’s stayed in basketball as a coach for a variety of schools and teams.
5. Larry Nance, Sr.
As proud as we are of the Cavaliers of the 21st century, we can’t list the all-time best without taking a trip back to the ‘90s for Larry Nance, Sr.
Over the course of his notable career, Nance scored an average of 17.1 points per game along with a stunning eight rebounds per game. He retired with pride in 1994 after a 13-season career, spending the last six of them in Cleveland.
4. Kevin Love
Not all of the Cavs on this list are still with the team, but we count ourselves fortunate to be able to call Kevin Love one of our own since he joined us in 2014.
As a five-time NBA All-Star, Love is clocking in at a career average of 18.3 points per game. Even more impressive, though, is his 11.3 total rebounds per game.
3. Kyrie Irving
Like so many greats, Kyrie Irving kicked off his career as a Cavalier. He spent six seasons in Cleveland before moving on to two years with the Boston Celtics and today the Brooklyn Nets.
During his time as a Cavalier, Irving made a serious splash. He was Rookie of the Year for the 2011-2012 season, not to mention playing a major role in our championship win for the 2015-2016 season. He’s averaged an awe-inspiring 22.2 points per game throughout his career.
2. Brad Daugherty
If there was ever a through-and-through Cavalier, it’s Brad Daugherty. After all, he spent all eight seasons of his NBA career with the team.
It isn’t only his Cavalier commitment that sets him apart, though. Despite his short career, Daugherty maintained a powerful average of 19 points per game, along with a stunning 9.5 rebounds per game.
1. Lebron James
This one should come as no surprise to anyone, considering that Lebron James is widely considered to be among the best basketball players of all time. He may be with the Lakers today, but since he spent a total of eleven seasons in Cleveland, he’ll always be a Cavalier legend.
James has averaged over 27 points per game throughout his career, not to mention 7.4 rebounds and 7.2 assists. He shows no signs of stopping, and a part of us will always feel some Cleveland pride every time we watch the Ohio native dominate the court.
Great Things to Come
Without a doubt, the Cavaliers have legends in our history. History is still being written today, though, and we look forward to many more years of success with our current and future all-star Cavaliers.