The perfect Cavaliers player for every Immaculate Grid pairing

Shaquille O'Neal, Cleveland Cavaliers. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Larry Hughes and LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images /

Perfect Cavaliers player for every Immaculate Grid pairing: Western Conference

A number of players have gone from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the other conference, and vice versa. Skipping over the obvious players like LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love and Shaquille O’Neal, which players will score highly while still providing some name recognition?

Played for Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers

Antawn Jamison – These two teams have made a number of trades recently, so there are modern players to think of, but a more obscure connection is Antawn Jamison playing a season with the Los Angeles Lakers before retiring.

Played for Cavaliers and LA Clippers

Ron Harper – The Cavs famously gave up on Harper too soon, and had to watch him win titles with the Bulls and Lakers; in between, he played a few seasons for the Clippers.

Played for Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors

Larry HughesOne of the worst free agent signings in Cavaliers history, Hughes spent three seasons in Golden State a few years before signing with Cleveland.

Played for Cavaliers and Phoenix Suns

Dan Majerle – The Phoenix Suns drafted Majerle with a pick acquired in the Larry Nance Sr. trade; it was only fitting that the three-time All-Star play a season with the Cavaliers after a long start in Phoenix.

Played for Cavaliers and Sacramento Kings

Mike Woodson – Future Cavaliers coach played a disastrous four games with Cleveland to end his career; he played five seasons with the Kings in the 1980s.

Played for Cavaliers and Portland Trail Blazers

Shawn Kemp – After eight seasons in Seattle, Shawn Kemp played three memorable seasons with the Cavaliers in the late 1990s, then joined Portland for two seasons.

Played for Cavaliers and Denver Nuggets

Alonzo Gee – Role player for the Cavaliers during the LeBron hiatus joined the Denver Nuggets for two different stints after leaving Cleveland.

Played for Cavaliers and Oklahoma City Thunder

Lenny Wilkens – Hall of Fame player and future coach, Lenny Wilkens played for the Seattle SuperSonics for four seasons before playing two with the Cavaliers in the 1970s.

Played for Cavaliers and Minnesota Timberwolves

Mo Williams – An All-Star with the Cavaliers in 2008-09, Williams played 41 games for the Timberwolves late in his career.

Played for Cavaliers and Utah Jazz

Dell Curry – Famous father and an elite shooter in his own right, Dell played one season each in Utah and Cleveland to start his career.

Played for Cavaliers and New Orleans Pelicans

J.R. Smith – Well-known starter on the title team started his career in New Orleans.

Played for Cavaliers and Memphis Grizzlies

Seth Curry – The sharp-shooting brother of the league’s greatest sharpshooter, Seth played one game each for Memphis and Cleveland as a rookie in 2013-14.

Played for Cavaliers and Houston Rockets

Iman Shumpert – A role player on the Cavs’ title team, Shumpert played 20 games for the Houston Rockets later in his career.

Played for Cavaliers and Dallas Mavericks

Rajon Rondo – Four-time All-Star played 46 games with Dallas in 2015 and 21 games for Cleveland in 2022.

Played for Cavaliers and San Antonio Spurs

Steve Kerr – 5-time NBA champion played 3.5 seasons for Cavaliers in the early 1990s.