Every NBA team’s Mount Rushmore

CHARLOTTE, NC - MAY 8: Michael Jordan
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Cleveland Cavaliers

LeBron James means everything to the Cleveland Cavaliers. One of the greatest players in league history, LeBron redeemed himself for his four years with the Miami Heat by coming home and leading Cleveland to their first title in franchise history. He is the franchise’s all-time leader in minutes, points, assists, steals and free throws, and ranks second in rebounds, and has spent a decade as arguably the best player in the entire league.

Mark Price spent nine season with Cavaliers, leading them to the playoffs seven times. Prior to his arrival, the Cavaliers had made just four playoff appearances in 16 seasons. Price was a facilitator and dead-eye shooter averaging 16.4 points and 7.2 assists per game in Cleveland, shooting 40.9 percent on 3-pointers and 90.4 percent from the free throw line.

Brad Daugherty paired with Price for a devastating inside-outside combination. The 7-footer played his entire eight-year career with Cavaliers, averaging 19.0 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per game and making five All-Star games. Injuries cut his career short but he helped lead the team during their best pre-LeBron stretch.

Zydrunas Ilgauskas may not have the statistical resume of the rest of this group, but perhaps no player is more beloved in Cavaliers’ history. The 7-foot-3 Big-Z played 12 seasons and a franchise-high 771 games for Cleveland. He was LeBron’s sidekick through his first stint with the team and Ilgauskas’ soft hook shots were a legitimate offensive weapon. Big-Z’s No. 11 is one of just seven jersey numbers the franchise has retired.