5. Larry Nance

Larry Nance spent the first half of his career with the Phoenix Suns where he was an All-Star in 1985.  The Power Forward would be traded in the 1987/88 Season in a mega-deal, and both teams would come out ahead.  The Power Forward brought defensive stability to the Cavaliers, and they would become more significant threats in the East.  The Power Forward would be named to two All-Star Games as a Cavalier, and he was a three-time All-Defensive Selection (one First Team and two Second Teams), and he would have five straight seasons averaging eight or more boards per game.  In that same stretch, he never dipped below 2.0 Blocks per Game in a year, and he never fell below 11th in that metric. 

Overall as a Cavalier, Nance averaged 16.8 Points, 8.2 Rebounds, 2.5 Blocks per Game with a PER of 20.0.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Power Forward
  • Acquired: Traded from the Phoenix Suns with Mike Sanders with a 1988 1st Round Pick (which would be Randolph Keys) for Tyrone Corbin, Kevin Johnson, Mark West a 1988 1st Round Pick (which would be Dan Majerle), 1988 2nd Round Pick (which would be Dean Garrett) and a 1989 2nd Round Pick (which would be Greg Grant) 2/25/88.
  • Departed: Retired after the 1993/94 Season.
  • Games Played: 433
  • Per Game Averages: 34.6 MP, .530 eFG%, .804 FT%, 16.8 PTS, 8.2 RB, 2.6 AST, 0.8 STL, 2.5 BLK
  • Advanced Stats: 20.0 PER, .575 TS%, 23.1 VORP, 56.0 WS
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    First Team All-Defensive (1989)

    Second Team All-Defensive (1992 & 1993)

    All-Star (1989 & 1993)
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