All-Time Cavaliers Starting Five – 2017 Big Three?

Kyrie Irving – PG

Does Kyrie Irving have the best handles in NBA history? In my opinion, yes, but he does a lot more than just handle the ball well to get on a list like this. Kyrie continues to make huge clutch shots for the Cavs, including the series-sealing shot in the 2016 NBA Finals. After Kyrie Irving showed his potential to be one of the best scorers in the NBA, Lebron James headed back to Cleveland to team up with the young guard. This allowed Kyrie to learn how to play off-ball, which was a huge step in the right direction for the still 25 year old point guard.

Mark Price – PG/SG

Prior to the 2003 NBA Draft when the Cavaliers selected Lebron James, Mark Price was widely considered the best Cavs player of all time. He was a 4-time NBA All-Star, averaging 16 points and 7 assists on the Cavs. Former teammate Steve Kerr, recently referred to Price as “one of the most underrated players of our time,” on an episode of open court on TNT. Price’s handles and pull-up jumper reminds me a lot of the way Kyrie Irving plays now. He is also known as one of the best pick and roll players of all-time.

Lebron James – PG/SG/SF/PF/C

You may have noticed that I said Lebron James plays all positions on the court. That’s because he actually does due to his ridiculous athleticism, size, and versatility. Lebron’s name has been mentioned right next to Michael Jordan as the best player to ever live. I won’t speak on if he actually is better (I will in the future), but anyone even close to Jordan’s legacy is obviously a great player. He is a 4-time MVP, and 3-time champion, but most would expect that his career isn’t even close to the end yet. He still has a lot of time to chase Jordan, and who knows who is going to win that race.

Larry Nance- PF

Larry Nance only played 7 years in Cleveland, but he quickly became a fan-favorite for his thunderous dunks, play style, and consistency. The 3-time All-Star averaged 17 points and 8 rebounds in Cleveland. He spent the second half of his career as a Cavalier, but his athleticism still mirrored that of his younger self. Nance also has a son in the league, Larry Nance Jr. who plays for the Lakers.

Zydrunas Ilgauskas – C

This pick may come as a surprise to most. Brad Daugherty was obviously a better player over his entire career, but Ilguaskas played 6 more years in the NBA while also making a bigger overall impact on his team. The 2-time All-Star averaged 14 points and 8 rebounds in Cleveland, and helped Lebron get to his first NBA Finals, eventually losing to the San Antonio Spurs. Other than Lebron, Ilgauskas was the only other thing close to a star on that team, and he played his role as the “second guy” perfectly.

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