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The 50 Greatest Players in Cleveland Cavaliers History

Dave MarinoContributor IMarch 23, 2011

The 50 Greatest Players in Cleveland Cavaliers History

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    This is the worst part of the year for a Cleveland Cavaliers fan. The team is in last place, the excitement of the trade deadline is over, and we still have a few months until the draft. To me it sounds like the perfect time to countdown the 50 Greatest Players in Cleveland Cavaliers History.

    I did not rank the players solely based on how talented they were in their career or even while they were with the Cavaliers. I took into consideration the amount of games they played in a Cavaliers uniform and their contributions to the team. I also factored in how many playoff teams they were apart of, how many awards they won, and of course their career stats in a Cavaliers uniform.

    Walt Frazier and Bill Laimbeer are great players and both played for the Cavaliers. But you won't see them on this list, because their contributions to the team were minimal.

    Another example is Danny Ferry. Was he a draft bust? Yes. Is he partially to blame for the "decision"? Probably. Does that matter on this list? Nope. What does matter is that Danny Ferry played over 700 games in a Cleveland uniform and was a good sixth man on 6 playoff teams.

    With all of that in mind, enjoy the list and lets hope in a few years we can put someone else in that number one spot.

50. Eric Snow

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    Position: PG

    Years: 2005-2008

    Games: 267

    PPG: 4.0

    RPG: 2.1

    APG: 2.4

    All-Star Games: 0

    Awards: 0

    Playoff Teams: 2

49. Gerald Wilkins

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    Position: G-F

    Years: 1993-1994

    Games: 162

    PPG: 12.7

    RPG: 3.2

    APG: 2.7

    All-Star Games: 0

    Awards: 0

    Playoff Teams: 2

48. Dick Snyder

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    Position: G-F

    Years: 1975-1978

    Games: 304

    PPG: 10.6

    RPG: 2.1

    APG: 2.4

    All-Star Games: 0

    Awards: 0

    Playoff Teams: 3

47. Randy Smith

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    Position: G-F

    Years: 1980-1981

    Games: 164

    PPG: 16.1

    RPG: 2.7

    APG: 4.4

    All-Star Games: 0

    Awards: 0

    Playoff Teams: 0

46. Ricky Davis

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    Position: SG

    Years: 2002-2004

    Games: 183

    PPG: 16.0

    RPG: 4.1

    APG: 4.0

    All-Star Games: 0

    Awards: 0

    Playoff Teams: 0

45. Carlos Boozer

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    Position: PF

    Years: 2003-2004

    Games: 156

    PPG: 12.6

    RPG: 9.4

    APG: 1.6

    All-Star Games: 0

    Awards: 0

    Playoff Teams: 0

44. Rick Roberson

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    Position: F-C

    Years: 1972-1973

    Games: 125

    PPG: 12.8

    RPG: 12.0

    APG: 1.9

    All-Star Games: 0

    Awards: 0

    Playoff Teams: 0

43. Geoff Huston

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    Position: PG

    Years: 1981-1985

    Games: 268

    PPG: 10.4

    RPG: 1.7

    APG: 6.1

    All-Star Games: 0

    Awards: 0

    Playoff Teams: 0

42. Lamond Murray

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    Position: SF

    Years: 2000-2002

    Games: 223

    PPG: 15.0

    RPG: 5.1

    APG: 1.9

    All-Star Games: 0

    Awards: 0

    Playoff Teams: 0

41. Delonte West

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    Position: G

    Years: 2008-2010

    Games: 150

    PPG: 10.3

    RPG: 3.1

    APG: 3.6

    All-Star Games: 0

    Awards: 0

    Playoff Teams: 3

40. Brevin Knight

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    Position: PG

    Years: 1998-2001

    Games: 198

    PPG: 9.0

    RPG: 3.1

    APG: 7.6

    All-Star Games: 0

    Awards: NBA All-Rookie Team

    Playoff Teams: 1

39. Walt Wesley

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    Position: C

    Years: 1971-1973

    Games: 176

    PPG: 14.3

    RPG: 8.3

    APG: 0.9

    All-Star Games: 0

    Awards: 0

    Playoff Teams: 0

38. Larry Hughes

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    Position: SG

    Years: 2006-2008

    Games: 146

    PPG: 14.3

    RPG: 3.9

    APG: 3.3

    All-Star Games: 0

    Awards: 0

    Playoff Teams: 2

37. Roy Hinson

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    Position: F-C

    Years: 1984-1986

    Games: 238

    PPG: 13.6

    RPG: 7.3

    APG: 1.0

    All-Star Games: 0

    Awards: 0

    Playoff Teams: 1

36. Kenny Carr

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    Position: F

    Years: 1980-1982

    Games: 201

    PPG: 14.1

    RPG: 9.0

    APG: 1.6

    All-Star Games: 0

    Awards: 0

    Playoff Teams: 0

35. Bob Sura

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    Position: SG

    Years: 1996-2000

    Games: 330

    PPG: 8.1

    RPG: 2.8

    APG: 3.7

    All-Star Games: 0

    Awards: 0

    Playoff Teams: 2

34. Daniel Gibson

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    Position: G

    Years: 2007-Present

    Games: 298

    PPG: 8.1

    RPG: 2.0

    APG: 1.9

    All-Star Games: 0

    Awards: 0

    Playoff Teams: 4

33. Wesley Person

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    Position: SG

    Years: 1998-2002

    Games: 328

    PPG: 12.0

    RPG: 3.6

    APG: 2.0

    All-Star Games: 0

    Awards: 0

    Playoff Teams: 1

32. Drew Gooden

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    Position: PF

    Years: 2005-2008

    Games: 292

    PPG: 11.9

    RPG: 8.6

    APG: 1.1

    All-Star Games: 0

    Awards: 0

    Playoff Teams: 2

31. John Bagley

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    Position: PG

    Years: 1983-1987

    Games: 375

    PPG: 9.4

    RPG: 2.9

    APG: 6.2

    All-Star Games: 0

    Awards: 0

    Playoff Teams: 1

30. Chris Mills

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    Position: SF

    Years: 1994-1997

    Games: 319

    PPG: 12.6

    RPG: 5.4

    APG: 2.1

    All-Star Games: 0

    Awards: 0

    Playoff Teams: 3

29. Jim Cleamons

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    Position: G

    Years: 1973-1977

    Games: 377

    PPG: 9.4

    RPG: 3.6

    APG: 4.1

    All-Star Games: 0

    Awards: (1) Second Team All-Defense

    Playoff Teams: 1

28. Cliff Robinson

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    Position: PF

    Years: 1982-1984

    Games: 180

    PPG: 17.7

    RPG: 10.5

    APG: 2.1

    All-Star Games: 0

    Awards: 0

    Playoff Teams: 0

27. Lenny Wilkens

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    Position: PG

    Years: 1973-1974

    Games: 149

    PPG: 18.5

    RPG: 4.2

    APG: 7.7

    All-Star Games: 1

    Awards: 0

    Playoff Teams: 0

26. Shawn Kemp

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    Position: PF

    Years: 1998-2000

    Games: 204

    PPG: 18.5

    RPG: 9.1

    APG: 2.1

    All-Star Games: 1

    Awards: 0

    Playoff Teams: 1

25. Mo Williams

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    Position: PG

    Years: 2009-2011

    Games: 186

    PPG: 16.2

    RPG: 3.1

    APG: 5.1

    All-Star Games: 1

    Awards: 0

    Playoff Teams: 2

24. Foots Walker

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    Position: PG

    Years: 1975-1980

    Games: 427

    PPG: 7.2

    RPG: 3.0

    APG: 5.0

    All-Star Games: 0

    Awards: 0

    Playoff Teams: 3

23. Phil Hubbard

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    Position: PF

    Years: 1982-1989

    Games: 469

    PPG: 10.6

    RPG: 5.0

    APG: 1.2

    All-Star Games: 0

    Awards: 0

    Playoff Teams: 3

22. Mike Mitchell

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    Position: SF

    Years: 1979-1982

    Games: 271

    PPG: 19.3

    RPG: 5.8

    APG: 1.2

    All-Star Games: 1

    Awards: 0

    Playoff Teams: 0

21. John Johnson

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    Position: SF

    Years: 1971-1973

    Games: 231

    PPG: 15.9

    RPG: 7.1

    APG: 4.5

    All-Star Games: 2

    Awards: 0

    Playoff Teams: 0

20. Danny Ferry

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    Position: F

    Years: 1991-2000

    Games: 723

    PPG: 7.8

    RPG: 3.0

    APG: 1.4

    All-Star Games: 0

    Awards: 0

    Playoff Teams: 6

19. Tyrone Hill

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    Position: PF

    Years: 1994-1997, 2002-2003

    Games: 303

    PPG: 10.8

    RPG: 9.2

    APG: 0.9

    All-Star Games: 1

    Awards: 0

    Playoff Teams: 3

18. Bobby Phills

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    Position: SG

    Years: 1992-1997

    Games: 334

    PPG: 10.5

    RPG: 3.0

    APG: 2.5

    All-Star Games: 0

    Awards: (1) Second Team All-Defense

    Playoff Teams: 5

17. Anderson Varejao

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    Position: PF

    Years: 2005-Present

    Games: 419

    PPG: 7.1

    RPG: 6.9

    APG: 0.9

    All-Star Games: 0

    Awards: (1) Second Team All-Defense

    Playoff Teams: 5

16. Jim Brewer

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    Position: F-C

    Years: 1974-1979

    Games: 462

    PPG: 7.5

    RPG: 7.7

    APG: 1.8

    All-Star Games: (2) Second Team All-Defense

    Awards: 0

    Playoff Teams: 3

15. Andre Miller

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    Position: PG

    Years: 2000-2002

    Games: 245

    PPG: 14.5

    RPG: 4.2

    APG: 8.2

    All-Star Games: 0

    Awards: NBA All-Rookie Team

    Playoff Teams: 0

14. World B. Free

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    Position: G

    Years: 1983-1986

    Games: 275

    PPG: 23.0

    RPG: 2.9

    APG: 3.9

    All-Star Games: 0

    Awards: 0

    Playoff Teams: 1

13. Ron Harper

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    Position: PG

    Years: 1987-1990

    Games: 228

    PPG: 19.4

    RPG: 4.7

    APG: 5.1

    All-Star Games: 0

    Awards: NBA All-Rookie Team

    Playoff Teams: 2

12. Craig Ehlo

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    Position: SG

    Years: 1987-1993

    Games: 513

    PPG: 9.9

    RPG: 4.4

    APG: 3.5

    All-Star Games: 0

    Awards: 0

    Playoff Teams: 5

11. Jim Chones

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    Position: C

    Years: 1975-1979

    Games: 400

    PPG: 14.3

    RPG: 9.5

    APG: 1.8

    All-Star Games: 0

    Awards: 0

    Playoff Teams: 3

10. Campy Russell

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    Position: SF

    Years: 1975-1980, 1985

    Games: 410

    PPG: 16.1

    RPG: 5.1

    APG: 2.8

    All-Star Games: 1

    Awards: 0

    Playoff Teams: 3

9. Terrell Brandon

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    Position: PG

    Years: 1992-1997

    Games: 457

    PPG: 12.7

    RPG: 2.7

    APG: 4.9

    All-Star Games: 2

    Awards: 0

    Playoff Teams: 4

8. Bingo Smith

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    Position: G-F

    Years: 1971-1980

    Games: 720

    PPG: 13.2

    RPG: 4.2

    APG: 2.2

    All-Star Games: 0

    Awards: 0

    Playoff Teams: 3

7. John "Hot Rod" Williams

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    Position: PF

    Years: 1987-1995

    Games: 661

    PPG: 12.9

    RPG: 7.1

    APG: 2.1

    All-Star Games: 0

    Awards: 0

    Playoff Teams: 6

6. Larry Nance

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    Position: PF

    Years: 1988-1994

    Games: 433

    PPG: 16.8

    RPG: 8.2

    APG: 2.6

    All-Star Games: 1

    Awards: (2) Second Team All-Defense

    Playoff Teams: 5

5. Austin Carr

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    Position: SG

    Years: 1972-1980

    Games: 635

    PPG: 16.2

    RPG: 3.0

    APG: 2.9

    All-Star Games: 1

    Awards: 0

    Playoff Teams: 3

4. Zydrunas Ilgauskas

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    Position: C

    Years: 1998-2010

    Games: 771

    PPG: 13.8

    RPG: 7.7

    APG: 1.2

    All-Star Games: 2

    Awards: NBA All Rookie Team

    Playoff Teams: 6

3. Brad Daugherty

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    Position: C

    Years: 1987-1994

    Games: 548

    PPG: 19.0

    RPG: 9.5

    APG: 3.7

    All-Star Games: 5

    Awards: (1) Third Team All-NBA

    Playoff Teams: 5

2. Mark Price

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    Position: PG

    Years: 1987-1995

    Games: 582

    PPG: 16.4

    RPG: 2.6

    APG: 7.2

    All-Star Games: 4

    Awards: (1) First Team All-NBA, (3) Third Team All-NBA

    Playoff Teams: 7

1. LeBron James

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    Position: SF

    Years: 2004-2010

    Games: 548

    PPG: 27.8

    RPG: 7.0

    APG: 7.0

    All-Star Games: 6

    Awards: (2) MVP, (4) First Team All-NBA, (2) Second Team All-NBA, (2) First Team All-Defense, Rookie of the Year

    Playoff Teams: 5

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