Ok, so some of these players that were selected by
the Cavaliers in the Draft’s second round actually
didn’t achieve their success with the Cavaliers. But
for the sake of this piece, let’s just say it’s validation
for any former front office guys who might be out
It also doesn’t include second round finds who
eventually had their best days with the Wine and
Gold – like Anderson Varejao – or any of the
overachievers from Rounds 3 through whatever
Round teams drafted until back then, 18th or
19th or something – guys like Bill Laimbeer or
Finally, Cedric Henderson (’97, 45th overall) would
have made the squad, but he once lost a pre-game
shooting contest to Cavs Radio Producer and
current voice of the Canton Charge – Scott Zurilla –
costing the former Memphis standout a starting nod
with the voters.
G – Daniel Gibson: Shot the Wine and Gold into
the franchise’s first NBA Finals with one of the alltime
great rookie Playoff performances – canning all
five triples he attempted in Game 6
G – Joe Harris: Yeah, Danny Green won a title
with San Antonio and has probably had a better
career, but Joey Hoops won it with the Cavaliers in
2016 and therefore gets the starting nod.
C – Hot Rod Williams: Was a key piece of one of
the greatest eras in Cavaliers history – played nine
seasons after being drafted 45th overall and averaged
double-figures in every one of them.
F – Dan Roundfield: Who could know he would
eventually go on to score 11,318 career points with
the Pacers, Hawks, Pistons and Bullets?
F – Carlos Boozer: Could’ve formed one of the
great one-two forward combos in franchise history
but opted for greener pastures in Utah.
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HONORABLE MENTION: Chuckie Brown,
Cedric Henderson, Danny Green, Eddie
Jordan, Jae Crowder, Jason Kapono,
The Cavaliers have had some rock-solid
international players roll through Cleveland –
from skilled big men to scrappy perimeter players.
And our All-Foreign-Born starting backcourt was
actually a starting backcourt for the Wine and Gold
for a game or two.
Two of the following five –
Big Z and Andy – are close
friends and still two of the
franchise’s all-time favorite
sons. And if this team
actually had to play a game,
Varejao and Delly might
just set an NBA record
for inducing opponent’s
G – Matthew
Dellavedova: As tough as
they come, the Australian
import excelled at getting
under an opponent’s skin.
G – Kyrie Irving: One of those (practice)
opponents whose skin Delly got under, Irving – who
holds dual citizenship in Australia – quite simply hit
the biggest jumper in Cavaliers history.
C – Zydrunas Ilgauskas: Nearly had his career
cut short by injuries, Ilguaskas instead played 13
seasons, made two All-Star teams and had his
number immortalized in the rafters.
F – Anderson Varejao: A throw-in from
Orlando in the Drew Gooden trade, the Wild Thing
played a dozen years with the Wine and Gold as one
of the most stubborn defenders of his era.
F – Sasha Pavlovic: Pavlovic had a solid season
in 2006-07, but never quite became the guy the
Cavaliers hoped he’d be.