Guard: Kyrie Irving
We will always be thankful to Kyrie Irving as Cavalier fans. If it weren’t for his dramatic three-pointer in the closing seconds over Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors in Game 7 of the NBA Finals the Cavs wouldn’t be 2016 NBA Champs.
He played with the team from 2011-2017 and was a huge piece to the success of those teams. Some of those years were lousy but when LeBron James returned in 2014 the Cavs became one of the best teams in the NBA. It wasn’t just James’ contributions that helped the team but also players like Irving who instantly became very important to the team’s run at championships.
Irving was a very good player, even before James arrived. He finished his career in Cleveland averaging 21.6 points and almost six assists a game. He was a four-time All-Star from 2013-2015 and was the MVP of the 2014 All-Star Game. He was the Rookie of the Year back in 2013.
While some Cavs fans might look at his career skeptically because he wanted out of Cleveland after the 2016 championship season, he was a great player.
The Game 5 performance of his in the 2016 NBA Finals when he and LeBron both posted 40-plus points in the game when down 3-1 in the series will always be a clutch moment of his and the reason Irving needs to be remembered in high regard by this Cavs fan base.