Since announcing his retirement, many games come to mind in his long and productive career. In honor of No. 11, I've attempted to compile a list of the 11 best moments of Z's time with the Cavaliers, having 12 seasons of games to choose from.
Z had an impressive start to his career in a loss to the Houston Rockets back in October of 1997.
Starting at center right from the beginning, Z played 35 minutes en route to a 16 point, 16 rebound, two block performance.
Also worth noting, in the game, eight of his 16 rebounds were on the offensive end, a stat that he excelled in almost as good as anyone over the last decade in the NBA.
Z had many stat-stuffer nights in his time in Cleveland, but a few games stand out in particular.
In this particular game against Indiana Z went off for not only 35 points, but 18 rebounds as well in what is arguably the greatest statistical performance of his career.
Z was an All Star twice in his career, the first time in 2003 and the second in 2005.
In the '03 classic he didn't see a lot of playing time, only registering four minutes and one shot attempt.
In '05 however, Z had a game to remember.
In just 17 minutes, Ilgauskas finished with 12 points, seven rebounds and two blocks in helping lead the East to a 125-115 win over the West.
Z was never one to want the spotlight on him, but for his performance that night, he most certainly deserved it.
In a game against the Phoenix Suns in 2002 Ilgauskas had a career night on the glass.
Grabbing six offensive and 16 defensive rebounds en route to a 22 board performance, Z set what would be his highest total in his 13-year career.
Z was always an outstanding jump shooting big man, but it wasn't until the end of his career where he really added a three point shot to his repertoire.
One game that always stood out to me was a contest in 2009 against the Sacramento Kings. Z connected from deep not once, not twice, but three times to finish with 25 points in a Cavaliers win over a scrappy Kings team.
Despite the number of three-pointers hit in an everyday NBA game, there's just something special about seeing one from a 7'3'' individual.
December 9th, 2008 represented another milestone night for Big Z.
In a win over the Toronto Raptors that saw the Cavaliers improve to 18-3, Ilgauskas became the franchise leader for career rebounds.
For the game Z finished with 13 boards, moving him past Brad Daugherty with 5,227 for his career.
Z later told reporters: "It's been a long road, I cherish it. When I'm done playing it'll be one of the top moments I remember."
I guess that means it qualifies as one now.
The 2007 NBA Finals weren't exactly ideal for Cleveland, but they did see some great performances from certain players.
In Game 3 in Cleveland, Z had his best game of the series, registering 12 points and 18 rebounds.
Overall the series wasn't a pretty one, but Z's stat line that night sure was.
February 18th, 2010.
This became the first day in nearly 13 years that Zydrunas Ilgauskas was no longer a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers organization.
In a three team trade that was highlighted by Antawn Jamison coming to Cleveland, Z was dealt to the Wizards in a deal that was made to free up cap space for Washington and hopefully bring the Cavs the final piece they needed for a championship.
I can't imagine the thought process Danny Ferry was going through at the time. Trade a franchise staple, someone you personally played with for the Cavs, just to try to win a few more games?
It had to have been a tough call, and one that ultimately worked out because of what happened next.
After Z was traded to Washington, it was obvious he wasn't happy being used as a trade chip after spending so much time in Cleveland.
Instead of signing with any team immediately, Z decided to wait the mandated 30 days to return to his old team in an incredible act of loyalty.
In honor of his return, Cleveland had a notable Z-influenced introduction and received a well deserved reception from the fans.
Fred McLeod says it best around the 3:05 mark.
On December 2nd, 2009 Z passed Danny Ferry as the franchise leader for most games played in the teams 40-year history.
It was a special night all around as Z actually led the team in scoring with 14 points in an all-around great game for Cleveland, as they beat the Phoenix Suns 107-90 at Quicken Loans Arena.
Z told reporters after the game about the ovation he received: “That was one of the coolest things I have experienced in my life and also the closest I have come to tears on the basketball floor.”
For memorable moment No. 11, I wanted to end with something special to recap everything Ilgauskas has meant to the Cavaliers organization and the city of Cleveland in general.
When I discovered this video, I knew it was the right way to finish. Enjoy.