3 Greatest Point Guards in Cleveland Cavaliers History

3 Greatest Point Guards in Cleveland Cavaliers History


The Cleveland Cavaliers aren't the most storied franchise in the NBA, only winning their first title in 2016, but that doesn't mean they don't have a rich history since joining the NBA in the 1970-71 season.

They've had plenty of incredibly talented players take the court for them over the years, and here are the three greatest point guards in Cavaliers history.

3. Terrell Brandon (1992-1997)

The Cavs drafted Terrell Brandon out of Oregon in 1991, and early returns were middling. He started just 27 games in his first three seasons, averaging 8.2 points and 3.8 assists in 20.1 minutes per game off the bench. He had a terrific peak in the mid-90's though. He was an all-star in the 1995-96 and 1996-97 seasons, starting 153 games and averaging 19.4 points, 6.4 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game. In 95-96 he generated 12.7 win shares, which is the most ever in a single season for a Cavs guard. He didn't have a long peak in Cleveland, leaving town after his second all-star appearance, but those two years were outstanding.

2. Mark Price (1987-1995)

Going in the other direction, Mark Price's longevity helps earn him a spot on this list. In total he generated 65.4 win shares — 25.0 more than any other guard in Cleveland history. He has the second-most assists (4,206) and fifth-most points (9,543) in team history, and only eight players have played more games in Cleveland than his 582. A seven-time All-Star, Price led the Cavs to the playoffs in seven of his nine seasons, while they had only made it once in the nine years before he was drafted. Until the LeBron James era, nobody had brought Cleveland the kind of sustained success that Price had.

1. Kyrie Irving (2012-2017)

The 2012 NBA Rookie of the Year, Kyrie Irving wasted no time becoming a star in Cleveland. He followed that rookie season up with three consecutive all-star game appearances before helping LeBron James carry the team to its first NBA Finals victory in the 2015-16 season. Kyrie was terrific during that playoff run, averaging 25.5 points, 4.7 assists, 3.0 rebounds and .17 steals in 36.9 minutes per game. Hey may not have always been the centerpiece of his team like Price was, but Irving's impressive production and championship win in his six years with the Cavs are just enough to push him over the top.

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