Top five Cleveland Cavaliers role players of all-time

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Honorable Mentions

Anderson Varejão

The mobile Brazilian center was drafted with the first pick of round two in the 2004 Draft by the Orlando Magic but wouldn’t get traded to The Land until a month later. He was mostly used as a high-energy reserve who was a capable roller after the screen and was acknowledged on the NBA’s Defensive Second Team in 2010. He was a flop merchant as well.

In both seasons the Cavaliers won at least 60 games in 2009 (66) and 2010 (61), Varejão was 15th and 20th in minutes among centers. Those were his best two years finishing in the restricted area at marks of 70% and 69.1%, per Basketball Reference. LeBron James assisted on 211 of Varejão’s buckets in those years, regular seasons plus post.

Dave Sorenson

The original switchblade for the Cavaliers in its inaugural season stood at 6-foot-8 and played power forward. The rookie Sorenson averaged 11.3 points per game in 79 outings. In the outfit’s first win, 16 matches into the campaign while visiting Portland, Sunshine (Sorenson) supplied 12 points and six rebounds off the bench.

That year, he turned into a focal point against some matchups, scoring at least 20 points on 10 occasions, four of which were wins. Keep in mind that the Cavaliers only won 15 games in 1970/1971. On plenty of other nights, he was a jag (just a guy) assisting an expansion team.

Sorenson appeared in 165 games for the Cavaliers across three seasons before getting traded to the Philadelphia 76ers in November 1972.

Sorenson died of cancer in Findley, Ohio, on July 9, 2002.