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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156. . Center. Cleveland Cavaliers. Anderson Varejao. 7. player

Anderson Varejao is an all-time fan favorite in Cleveland due to his motor that was also on full go.

Even though Varejao signed with the enemy in the 2015-16 season, the Golden State Warriors, he will always be viewed as a fan favorite.

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Although Varejao had some solid scoring nights in Cleveland, it’s not exactly what he was known for, and there were plenty of nights where he likely had more floor burns than points scored. That’s what endeared him to Cavaliers fans and his Cavalier teammates.

He was also excellent at drawing charges and was often towards the top of the league in charges drawn for the season.

However, his best ability was his ability to give the team extra possesions by attacking the offensive glass. Per Basketball-Reference, for his career in Cleveland, Varejao averaged 2..5 offensive rebounds per game. He also had per-game averages over the course of his 12 seasons in Cleveland of 7.6 points and 7.5 rebounds.

player. 156. . Center. Cleveland Cavaliers. John Williams. 6

John Williams, perhaps better known as Hot Rod Williams was an excellent sixth man for the Cavaliers during his time in Cleveland. The Cavaliers were able to steal him very late in the draft due to some questionable character issues.

He missed what would have been his rookie season due to the trial he was facing as apart of a point-shaving incident while at Tulane. He was found not guilty of sports conspiracy and sports bribery.

Williams was also kicked off the team at Tulane for missing practices and not being reliable. So he slid in the draft and the Cavaliers got a steal when they selected him.

Williams was the sixth man for the Cavaliers’ second-best run in franchise history in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Over the course of his nine seasons in Cleveland, per Basketball-Reference, Williams had per-game averages of 12.9 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks.