Top 5 Greatest Cleveland Cavaliers to Ever Play in the NBA All-Star Game
Cleveland Cavaliers: Top 5 Players to Play in the NBA All-Star Game
The NBA All-Star game is only two days away. It will be filled with some of the best players in league as it pertains to the first half of the season, or in the NBA period. Names such as LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Kyrie Irving and Blake Griffin are just a few of them. The game itself does not really pick up its pace until the fourth quarter, however, seeing how fluid and talented all the players are is a sight to watch. From self alley-oops to three-point shots at the half-court line, it is 48 minutes of pure entertainment.
Even more interesting are the events and parties, which lead up to the main event on Sunday. The celebrity All-Star game is always the first event to kick the weekend off. It is followed by the "Rising Stars Challenge," which showcases the future of the NBA. However, the biggest events happen on Saturday night. These include the dunk contest, three-point challenge, skills competition and shooting stars competition.
. For the past few years, they have been bland and boring, but hopefully this year in New Orleans, they will keep NBA fans fired up. Most players who get voted in are fan favorites. Some are deserving, while others are in based on their name and value.
The Cleveland Cavaliers would be a prime example of this. Today, most people will only remember the Cavaliers for LeBron James, and the abrupt way he left the organization. They will also remember him for being a seven-time All-Star to begin his career. However, there were a number of other players on the team who were either perennial All-Stars or made the All-Star team who were effective for a number of years. Here are five of the top Cavaliers who accomplished this task:
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Brad Daugherty was the first overall pick in 1986 by the Cleveland Cavaliers. He averaged 19 points and 10 rebounds in his brief eight-year career. He was voted into the All-Star game five times in that span. He wasn't physically dominating as most teams want their center to be, however, his length and athleticism in the post made up for it; he was the all-time leader in points and rebounds until both were broken by Lebron James and Zydrunas Illgauskas in 2008.
Terrell Brandon was one of the best point guards in the league in the mid-90s. Along with his dynamic passing ability and being able to slash in the lane with his 5-foot-11 frame, he was also a very good shooter. Brandon was a two time All-Star with the Cavaliers. However, once he was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks and Minnesota Timberwolves, his career was injury-plagued and he was never the same player.
" Mr Cavalier," better known as Austin Carr, was seen as the LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers before he came about. The No. 1 overall pick in 1971 was the staple for the Cavaliers as they were just beginning the franchise. His only All-Star bid came in 1974. He averaged 15.4 points per game in his 10-year career. Carr had a lot of promise and would have been a superstar, but his career was filled with injuries. He will most be remembered for being a intricate part in the "Miracle in Richfield" in 1976.
Mark Price is one of the greatest point guards to ever play for the Cavaliers. Not only could he pass the ball and see two plays ahead before they happened, but he was a tough, gritty player and could shoot the lights out. He was also one of the best screen-and-role players in the league. Along with Magic Johnson, Kevin Johnson and John Stockon, Price was one of the elite guards in the league. The second-round pick was a four-time All-Star in his 12-year career. After he was traded to the Washington Bullets, his career was never the same as it was injury-plagued.
I don't like to use journalistic bias in my articles, but I cannot help it with this choice. Statistically in almost every category, LeBron James is the best player who has ever played for the Cleveland Cavaliers, unfortunately. He is the all-time leading scorer in Cavaliers' history and is the best player in the NBA today. He is a four-time MVP and a two-time champion. In his seven years with the Cavaliers, he made it to the All-Star game all seven times, which is the best of any other player in franchise history. After betraying the city of Cleveland and going to the Miami Heat, he won two championships and could be on the way to a third this year.