The 25 Greatest Players in Cleveland Cavaliers History

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9. Austin Carr (1971-80)

Austin Carr

Mr. Cavalier might have reached the Hall of Fame for his NBA play had injuries not entered the picture. The top pick in the 1971 NBA Draft averaged over 20 points per game during his first three seasons, but knee trouble took its toll. His number 34 is retired by the Cavs.

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Brad Sullivan is a lead writer for Cavaliers Nation. He has spent much of life in the Cleveland, Ohio area, and has remained a Cavalier fan from their 1970 beginnings through the return of LeBron James. While that fandom was sorely tested during the Reign of Error known simply by one word, Stepien, that overall historical perspective will be part of his writing for Cavaliers Nation in the months ahead.