Cleveland Cavaliers Career Point Scoring Leaders
The Cleveland Cavaliers have been and NBA franchise since 1970, and while they were extremely competitive in the early ‘90’s and are one of the elite teams as I write this now in 2009, the team has never won a championship. The closest they came was when the team reached the NBA Finals a few years ago against San Antonio, but were swept in four games against an incredible Spurs’ team. But Cleveland fans are hoping this season, possibly LeBron James’ last in C-town, will have a better ending. Here are the Cavs’ all-time leading scorers to date:
LeBron James (13,538)—As I write this, forward LeBron James is only in his seventh NBA season and is only 25 years old. But the man is one of the elite players right now, and one of the all-time greats. There is no doubt we’re going to be mentioning James in the same breath as Magic, Bird and Jordan when all is said and done. Not surprisingly, James, who has spent his entire career in Cleveland so far (since 2003), leads the Cavs all-time with 13,538 points. Every year has been an incredible year for LeBron, but his best season so far was 2005-06, when he probably had less help than he does now. That season, he scored a career high 2478 points (31 points per game).
Brad Daugherty (10,389)—Center Brad Daugherty played his entire career with the Cavaliers, from 1986 to 1994, and ranks second in the team’s history with 10,389 points. Daugherty was part of the resurgence along with Mark Price that made the Cavs a deep contender for several years. His best season was 1990-91, when Daugherty had a career high 1645 points, an average of 22 points per game.
Zydrunas Ilgauskas (10,286)—Center Zydrunas Ilgauskas has played his entire career with the Cavs, from 1997 until now as I write this in 2009. It’s hard to believe the guy is only 34 years old, but he’s been a steady force on the Cavs through bad times and better times (with LeBron). Ilgauskas ranks third in franchise history with 10,286 points, and his best season was actually pre-LeBron, in 2002-03, when Ilgauskas had a career best 1390 points (17 points per game). He also had 152 blocks and 56 steals.
Austin Carr (10,265)—Guard Austin Carr played most of his career in Cleveland, from 1971 to 1980, and he ranks fourth in Cavaliers’ history with 10,265 points. Carr had his best season in 1973-74, when he had a career high 1775 points (22 per game).
Mark Price (9543)—Guard Mark Price was one of the best players in the NBA during his career, spent mostly with Cleveland from 1986 to 1995. Price had arguably his best season in 1989-90, with a career high 1430 points (20 points per game), and he led the NBA in free throw percentage three times, including an incredible 94.8% (289 of 305) in 1992-93.