Cleveland Cavaliers: 10 greatest centers in franchise history

Zydrunas Ilgauskas of the Cleveland Cavaliers. (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Cleveland Cavaliers. Tyrone Hill. 9. player. 156. . Center

The Golden State Warriors drafted Tyrone Hill with the 11th pick in the 1990 NBA Draft but shipped him to Cleveland after just three seasons with the team. Hill had two separate stints in Cleveland and played a total of 6 seasons for the Cavaliers.

Hill was a very good player on very good Cavaliers teams in his first stint. He played four seasons in Cleveland before moving on to the Milwaukee Bucks and the Cavaliers made three playoff appearances in those four years.

His best season came in the 1994-95 seasons where he had per-game averages of 13.8 points and 10.9 rebounds and even made the All-Star team according to Basketball-Reference.

He later returned to Cleveland for two more seasons towards the end of his career.

Over the course of his six Cavaliers seasons, according to Basketball-Reference, Hill had per-game averages of 10.8 points and 9.2 rebounds.

Cleveland Cavaliers. Jim Chones. 8. player. 156. . Center

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Jim Chones was a second-round steal by the Cavaliers. The Cavs selected Chones with the 13th pick in the second round of the 1973 NBA Draft.

Despite being drafted in the 1973 NBA Draft, Chones didn’t appear in an NBA game until the 1974-75 season due to the fact that he was still playing in the ABA.

Chones was a teammate of the number 10 ranked center, Elmore Smith, and they were a formidable 1-2 punch.

There was very little drop off when Chones exited and Smith subbed in for him.

Over the course of his five seasons in Cleveland, per Basketball-Reference, Chones had per-game averages of 14.3 points and 9.5 rebounds.