Cleveland the city, and the Cavaliers in general have not had much luck in the success department. That’s until, “The King” and hometown hero LeBron James arrived on the scene. The kid from Akron changed the long tortured franchise.And frankly other then heart breaking defeats against the Chicago Bulls in the playoffs and hard luck the Cavaliers have had a tough past. Thank god for LeBron, and that’s where the Cavaliers Mount Rushmore begins.
LeBron James. There is no argument that could leave him off the Cavaliers Mount Rushmore. None. Zero. Nada. Some consider LeBron the greatest player of all time. And if you don’t he is universally recognized as a top 5 players in the history of the NBA. LeBron left Cleveland for Miami but redeemed himself later by returning home and leading the Cavs to their franchise’s first ever NBA title.
They also became the first team to ever overcome a 3-1 deficit in the NBA finals and win. LeBron is the franchise’s all time leader in minutes, points, assists, steals, and free throws. He is the face of the franchise.
He has left again to play for the Los Angeles Lakers, however, no body can deny that he is the greatest Cleveland Cavalier of all time.
Kyrie hit the most iconic shot in Cleveland Cavaliers basketball history to help win the NBA finals against the Golden State Warriors. Irving was selected #1 overall in 2011 out of Duke. He was a 3 time All-Star as a Cavalier and was regarded as one of the best point guards in the league.
Even though it did not end well with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Kyrie was traded to Boston. His impact was huge during the greatest stretch in history of Cleveland Cavalier basketball.
He was the sidekick to LeBron and helped guide the Cavaliers to their first ever NBA championship. In his 6 seasons in Cleveland Kyrie averaged 21.6 points per game and 5.5 assists per game.
Mark Price was on the Cavaliers for 9 seasons. And he led them to the playoffs 7 of those seasons. Price was a great passer and a great shooter. He shot over 40% from 3 and 90% from the free throw line during an era where this was extremely rare.
During his time in Cleveland, Price averaged 16.4 points per game and 7.2 assists per game.
Price and the Cavaliers seemed to always run into Michael Jordan and The Bulls in the playoffs and never made the NBA finals but his impact in Cleveland on the court was felt.
Brad Daughtery and Mark Price were an inside and outside combo. The 7 foot center played his entire 8 year career for the The Cleveland Cavaliers.
He averaged 19 points per game and 9.5 rebounds a game. During his 8 seasons he made 5 all-star teams and was a force inside. Injuries cut his career short but during his tenure he was definitely a force to reckon with.
If it wasn’t for some injuries Brady Daughtery might have made the hall of fame. However, having him being such a force and staple as an all-star earned him a spot on the Cleveland Cavaliers Mount Rushmore.
Grade: 2 Cliffs