4. Zydrunas Ilgauskas

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 Bullet Points

  • Position: Center
  • Acquired: Selected in the 1st Round, 20th Overall 6/26/96.
  • Departed:

    Traded to the Washington Wizards as part of a three-team trade with Emir Preidzic and a 2010 1st Round Pick (which would be Lazar Hayward).  The Los Angeles Clippers sent Sebastian Telfair to Cleveland.  Los Angeles sent Al Thornton to Washington.  Washington sent Antawn Jamison to Cleveland.  Washington sent Drew Gooden to Los Angeles 2/17/10.

    Acquired (2): Signed as a Free Agent 3/23/10.

    Departed (2): Signed as a Free Agent with the Miami Heat 7/17/10.
  • Games Played: 771
  • Per Game Averages: 28.3 MP, .476 eFG%, .780 FT%, 13.8 PTS, 7.7 RB, 1.2 AST, 0.5 STL, 1.6 BLK
  • Advanced Stats: 18.8 PER, .535 TS%, 12.9 VORP, 63.4 WS
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    All-Star (2003 & 2005)

    First Team All-Rookie (1998)

    Most Offensive Rebounds (2005)
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