Despite limited success in NBA history, the Cleveland Cavaliers still have a bevy of great guards throughout franchise history. KJG has narrowed it down to the 10 best.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are a franchise that has limited success throughout the history of the NBA. They were a very tough out in the late 1980s and the early 1990s, but they ran into a Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls’ buzzsaw.
The Cavs’ franchise history isn’t one that stacks up against the top franchise in NBA history like the Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls, or San Antonio Spurs.
Recent history, however, has changed the perception of the franchise as they are fresh off of a four-year NBA Finals run from 2014-18, including their lone NBA title. A lot of players on this list didn’t have much team success, but they were still instrumental to the franchise.
For this particular list, we are only taking into consideration the years played with the Cavs, not the particular players’ entire career.
Checking in at number 10 is Craig Ehlo. Ehlo is perhaps best known for Jordan’s famous shot in Cleveland to eliminate the Cavaliers.
Very few remember, however, that Ehlo was playing on an injured groin and ankle in this game, and made a go-ahead layup with three seconds to go. He also had 15 points in that vital fourth quarter.
That Cavs team was stacked. In addition to Ehlo, Mark Price, Larry Nance, Brad Daughtery, Ron Harper, and Hot Rod Williams were apart of the 1988-89 team. It took an all-time great shot by, perhaps, the greatest to ever play to knock them out.
Over the course of his seven-year career in Cleveland, according to Basketball-Reference, Ehlo held per-game averages of 9.9 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 3.5 assists.