The Cleveland Cavaliers have retired seven numbers in franchise history since coming into existence in 1970. That number will rise to eight whenever LeBron James ends his Hall of Fame career, as the Cavs will retire LeBron’s No. 23.
For this piece, we’ll be taking a look at the numbers currently hanging in the rafters at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.
No. 7 Bingo Smith
The small forward averaged 13.2 points and 4.2 rebounds in 720 games with the Cavs.
Smith is seventh in Cleveland franchise history in points. He scored 9,513 with the team.
No. 11 Zydrunas Ilgauskas
Big Z spent 12 seasons with the Cavs. He averaged 13.8 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 771 games.
Ilgauskas was a two-time All-Star in Cleveland. He’s second to only LeBron in points scored in Cleveland franchise history. Ilgauskas scored 10,616 points with the Wine and Gold.
No. 22 Larry Nance
The high-flyer averaged 16.8 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in 433 games with the Cavs. Nance made two All-Star teams with Cleveland.
Nance’s son, Larry Nance Jr., was traded to the Cavs in 2018 from the Los Angeles Lakers. The organization allowed Nance. Jr to wear No. 22 since his father donned it.
No. 25 Mark Price
One of the best shooters in NBA history, Price averaged 16.4 points, 7.2 assists and 1.3 steals in 582 games with the Cavs while shooting 90.6 percent from the free-throw line.
Price was a four-time All-Star with Cleveland. He’s the fifth-highest scorer in franchise history with 9,543 points.
No. 34 Austin Carr
Carr currently does Cavs TV for FOX Sports Ohio. He averaged 16.2 points in 635 games with Cleveland.
The shooting guard scored 10,265 points in a Cavs uniform. That’s good for fourth in franchise history.
No. 42 Nate Thurmond
Thurmond played in 114 games with the Cavs. He averaged 5.0 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in two seasons.
Nate the Great was named a Hall of Famer in 1985. His Hall of Fame days were with the Golden State Warriors. The seven-time All-Star is one of the best 50 players in NBA history.
No. 43 Brad Daugherty
The No. 1 overall pick of the 1986 NBA Draft, Daugherty averaged 19.0 points and 9.5 rebounds in 548 games with the Cavs.
The UNC product was a five-time All-Star in Cleveland. Unfortunately, a back injury cut his career short.