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4. Zydrunas Ilgauskas

From the basketball mad country of Lithuania, Zydrunas Ilgauskas was drafted 20th overall in 1996, and he would be named to the All-Rookie Team.  Injuries piled up on the big man over the next few seasons, but he would be healthy, and from the 2002-03 season to the 2005-06 season he would elevate to become one of the top Centers of the time.  In that stretch (which also coincided with the arrival of LeBron James) he would be named to two All-Star Games and averaged 16.2 Points, 7.9 Rebounds and 2.1 Blocks per Game.  Ilgauskas would play 12 seasons with the Cavaliers, and he is second all-time in Points, Rebounds and is first in Blocks.  He would have his #11 retired by the Cavs after his career was over.

The Basketball HOF List has been revised. Shaq now #1, Yao at #3

It appears that the change is official and the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame has reduced the time required to enter the institution after retirement from five years to four. 

As such, we here at looked at those who were eligible in 2017, and found that there were five former players who are worthy of our top 100 and changes were made right from the top.

Allen Iverson was at number one, but the former Point Guard lost that spot to the multi time NBA Champion, and one of the most dominating big men of all-time, Shaquille O’Neal.  It is expected, that O’Neal will get in immediately.   

Yao Ming will debut at number three, just edging out a former number one, Chris Webber who has now dropped to the fourth spot.  Ming had a relatively speaking short NBA career, but he was a five time post season All-NBA selection and almost single handedly raised the game in China to huge proportions. 

The three other players who have advanced from the futures to the main Notinhalloffame Basketball list are Peja Stojakovic (#39), Zydrunas Ilgauskas  (#57) and Antonio McDyess (#68).

All other Future eligible players have had their sections moved up one year in accordance with the new rules.

If you have not cast a vote for the players on the basketball list, we certainly encourage you to do so and we thank you for all of your support!

Our Top 50 Cleveland Cavaliers are now up

Yes, we know that this is taking a while!

As many of you know, we here at are slowly generating the 50 of each major North American sports team.  We have a new one to unveil today, that of the Cleveland Cavaliers. 

The Cavaliers were formed in 1970, but it was not until they drafted LeBron James. They would reach the NBA Finals for the first time in 2007, but James grew frustrated and took his talents to the Miami Heat.  He returned and brought Kevin Love with him and joined a team that had Kyrie Irving. The Cavaliers would win the Eastern Conference four years in a row (2015-18), and they would win their first and only championship in 2016.

As for all of our top 50 players in basketball we look at the following: 

1.  Advanced Statistics.

2. Traditional statistics and how they finished in the NBA.

3. Playoff accomplishments.

4. Their overall impact on the team and other intangibles not reflected in a stat sheet.

Remember, this is ONLY based on what a player does on that particular team and not what he accomplished elsewhere and also note that we have placed an increased importance on the first two categories.

This list is updated up until the end of the 2018-19 Season.

The complete list can be found here,but as always we announce our top five in this article.  They are:

1. LeBron James

2. Mark Price

3. Brad Daugherty

4. Zydrunas Ilgauskas

5. Larry Nance

We will continue our adjustments on our existing lists and will continue developing our new lists.  

Look for or All-Time Top 50 Edmonton Oilers coming next!

As always we thank you for your support.

78. Zydrunas Ilgauskas

A longtime member of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Zydrunas Ilgauskas brought his tall frame from Lithuania and became one of the top offensive rebounders in the league. He was also adept at blocking and at his prime pumped in a 15 point plus average and was often considered the top part of LeBron James’ supporting cast. The Lithuanian likely won’t make the Hall of Fame, but had Cleveland won the Finals, would he be in the conversation?
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