Jun 22, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving, forward LeBron James and guard J.R. Smith laugh during the Cleveland Cavaliers NBA championship celebration in downtown Cleveland. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
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The current Cleveland Cavaliers roster is pretty good, but which players would make the Cavs all-time roster?
The Cleveland Cavaliers may have only won their first NBA title last season, but since their inception in 1970, several stars have donned the famous wine and gold colors.
While the current iteration of the Cavs features the biggest star in the franchise’s 46-year history, who are some of the other stars that could potentially make up an all-time Cavs roster?
Are there any other players from the current team that would make an all-time roster?
We searched through the Cavalier annals to put together the franchise’s all-time roster.
June 19, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (2) moves the ball against Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) in the second half in game seven of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
Shooting Guard: Kyrie Irving (2011-present)
This selection might rub the long-time Cavalier fans the wrong way.
Despite having played just five seasons, Kyrie Irving is undoubtedly one of the all-time Cavalier greats.
At just 24, Irving already has a three-point shooting title and three All-Star games to his name.
In his five seasons as a Cavalier, Irving has 6,416 points and 1,696 assists, ranking him 10th in both categories on the all-time franchise leaderboard.
However, Carr’s career was affected by injuries, as he suffered from a series of foot issues early on in his career.
The 6-foot-4 shooting guard was able to rebound to be named an All-Star in 1974, and was a part of the historical “Miracle of Richfield” Cavaliers team that met the Celtics in the 1976 Eastern Conference Finals.
Carr finished his career with 10,473 points, placing him fourth overall amongst Cavaliers and his No. 34 jersey is one of seven retired by the Cavs.
Feb 10, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward Anderson Varejao (17) rebounds beside Los Angeles Lakers center Roy Hibbert (17) in the third quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
Anderson Varejao (2004-2016): Varejao soured the opinions of many Cavalier fans by moving to their arch rival Golden State Warriors this past season. However, he was a fan-favorite during his time in Cleveland. Played his best years following ‘The Decision’ where he averaged a double-double in consecutive seasons.
Bingo Smith (1970-1979): Another one of the ‘Miracle of Richfield’ squad, Smith was an electric scorer from the shooting guard position. Averaged 13.2 points per game in 10 seasons with the Cavs, shooting 45 percent from the field. His No. 7 jersey is retired by the franchise.
John ‘Hot Rod’ Williams (1986-1995): The late ‘Hot Rod’ Williams was a mainstay of the great Cavs teams of the early 90s. Williams made his mark on the defensive end, averaging 1.6 blocks per game during his time as a Cavalier. Hot Rod ranks just second to Ilgauskas on the all-time Cavaliers’ blocks list.
Larry Nance (1988-1994): Nance had made his name well before becoming a Cavalier at the age of 28, but had a hugely successful time in the Wine and Gold. Posted averages of 16.8 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game in six seasons with the Cavs. His No. 22 jersey is retired by the franchise.
Campy Russell (1974-1980: 1984-85): Campy Russell was the Cavs’ best small forward before LeBron came along. Another member of the Miracle of Richfield team, Russell averaged 16.1 points per game in seven Cavalier seasons.
Terrell Brandon (1991-1997): Brandon was one of the best young point guards in the league during his time in Cleveland. He made consecutive All Star appearances before being traded to Milwaukee.