By Cody Williams @TheSizzle20 on August 29, 2014
Though the history of the Cavaliers has been relatively fruitless, it’s hard to deny that they have had their fair share of talent walk through the doors. As they look to finally capture that title this season, it’s worth looking at back at the players who have comprised the team’s history. These are the best players at each position in the history of Cleveland. Also, it pains me that Ricky Davis didn’t make the cut.
Price may not have been the flashiest of players, but he was a fantastic contributor for the Cavs. During his peak from 1988-93, Price put up 18.4 points, 8.4 assists and 2.9 rebounds per game while shooting a great 40.8 percent from three. Price could fill it up, but also dish it out better than almost anyone in Cavs history.
Carr was great for his whole tenure in Cleveland, but the way he came onto the scene was ridiculous. In his first three seasons in the league, the guard averaged 21.2 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.1 steals per game. He was still productive after, but he was obviously slowed by injuries and was never as great as when he first started in the NBA.
From hero to villain and now back to hero, LeBron is hands-down the greatest Cavalier ever. Sure, he never delivered a title from 2003-10, but there’s still time for that and there’s no denying how transcendent he was in his first run with the Cavs coming straight out of high school as a prodigy.
Though he only finished his career in Cleveland, Nance was a better-than-solid four for the Cavaliers. The big man averaged 17.3 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game in his first five full seasons with the Cavs. Looking at production and time spent in Cleveland, Nance is the clear choice.
His career was cut off at just 28 years old, but Daugherty was ridiculous in his time in the NBA and with Cleveland. From 1986-94, the center put up 19 points, 9.6 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game on 53.2 percent shooting. Daugherty was fantastic and, though his run was relatively brief, he’s clearly the Cavs’ best center of all time.
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