The Cleveland Cavaliers have had some great players in their history, but they’re probably the three NBA legends you forgot.
As Cleveland Cavaliers move on to LeBron’s subsequent James Era (Part 2), which looks like the future looks like. James brought home a tournament in 2016, led the team to two more trips to the NBA Finals and then went again.
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, the Cavaliers were a permanent knockout team led by Mark Price and Brad Daugherty. Those teams were Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls who met in the playoffs too often.
Even in James ’first run with them, the Cavaliers reached the NBA Finals and won at least one playoff series in five years in a row.
Mixed with success and defeat, between very good teams and very, very bad teams, Cavalier has put on a lot of good players in uniform. Here are three NBA legends you played for them.
3. Kevin Johnson
As he would be called Johnson or “KJ,” he was one of the top (if underestimated) NBA top guards during his time with the Phoenix Sounds. He scored at least 19 points and 10 assists per game in an average of four consecutive years. Johnson is in the top three History of the Sun. in points (third), assists (second), robberies (fourth), double doubles (second), free kicks (first) and attempts (first).
But Johnson was seventh overall in the 1987 NBA draft for the Cavaliers, and negotiated with the Sounds in his new season. When Mark Price began to be his own as his goalkeeper, Johnson spent 52 games in Cleveland. This move to market what is seen as surplus talent, if you look closely at the designation and role of the position, probably wouldn’t happen today.