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NBA Cleveland Cavaliers

Creating the Cleveland Cavaliers’ All-Time Starting Lineup

Sculpting The All-Time Cavaliers' Starting Five

Sculpting The All-Time Cavaliers' Starting Five
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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.

PG: Mark Price

PG: Mark Price
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PG: Mark Price

PG: Mark Price
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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.

SG: Austin Carr

SG: Austin Carr
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SG: Austin Carr

SG: Austin Carr
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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.

SF: LeBron James

SF: LeBron James
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SF: LeBron James

SF: LeBron James
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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.

PF: Larry Nance

PF: Larry Nance
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PF: Larry Nance

PF: Larry Nance
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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.

C: Brad Daugherty

C: Brad Daugherty
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C: Brad Daugherty

C: Brad Daugherty
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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.