The Phoenix Suns are one of the best-run organizations right now, having represented the Western Conference in the NBA Finals last year. Thanks to a fantastic trio of Chris Paul, Devin Booker, and Deandre Ayton; the Suns have a ton of offensive firepower that can take over games against any opponent. That is why they currently have a 17-3 record with an incredible 16-game win streak, including a victory against the Brooklyn Nets.
We have collected the 10 greatest scorers in Suns’ history, in PPG, to uncover which players had the most impact when they were with the team. Longevity does not come into play here, because pure scoring power in the time each player played with the team is the only statistic that will be shown. There have been a ton of all-time great players that played for the Phoenix Suns, such as Charles Barkley and Steve Nash among many others.
But Barkley and Nash stand out above everybody else, as the two greatest players to ever play for the Arizona-based franchise. But where do these two Hall of Famers rank among the greatest scorers ever for the Suns? It is time to find out.
10. Cliff Robinson - 17.7 PPG
(3 Seasons, 1982-1984)
A 6’9” power forward who was drafted with the No. 11 overall pick in the 1979 NBA Draft, Cliff Robinson made his impact felt as a two-way big man that was proficient around the basket. The big man never made an All-Star Team in his career, but he had 3 fantastic seasons as a member of the Cavaliers.
Robinson averaged 16.3 PPG and 9.6 RPG in his first season, following that up with 18.0 PPG and 11.1 RPG in his second season. The big man was great around the rim and that is why he averaged over 15 shots per game with the Ohio-based franchise. Cliff Robinson would go on to average 17.8 PPG and 10.3 RPG in his final season, taking his Cavaliers average to 17.7 PPG which kicks off the top-10 list.
9. Lenny Wilkins - 18.5 PPG
(2 Seasons, 1973-1974)
A 6’1” Hall of Famer and former superstar, Lenny Wilkins was a great player as a member of the St. Louis Hawks and Seattle Supersonics. The guard was adept at scoring the ball and dishing to teammates, holding career averages of 16.5 PPG and 6.7 APG during his time with 4 different seasons. Wilkins was 35 years old at the time of his first season with Cleveland, putting up 20.5 PPG and 8.4 APG.
Wilkins would make the 9th and final All-Star Team of his career that year, and clearly still had it on the offensive side of the floor. The guard averaged 16.4 PPG in his final season with the Cavaliers, while also putting up 8.4 APG. Wilkins was a great competitor at the guard spot, which is why he appears on the top-10 list of Cavaliers’ scorers.
8. Shawn Kemp - 18.5 PPG
(3 Seasons, 1998-2000)
After making a Finals appearance and forming one of the best duos in the NBA alongside Gary Payton, Shawn Kemp was traded in a three-way trade. The Cavs shipped All-Star point guard Terrell Brandon and Tyrone Hill along with a first-round pick in exchange for Kemp along with Sherman Douglas. Even if Kemp’s career took a slight decline in success when he joined Cleveland, he was still a proficient scorer.
Kemp averaged 18.0 PPG in his first season with the Cavaliers, marking his 6th and final All-Star season. The powerhouse dunker averaged 20.5 PPG the next season (albeit in 42 games), following that up with 17.8 PPG in his final season with Cleveland. The big man would play his final seasons as a star, because he averaged under 7 PPG the final 3 years of his career before retiring.
7. Brad Daugherty - 19.0 PPG
(8 Seasons, 1987-1994)
A 5-time All-Star as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Brad Daugherty was a great player for the franchise. The 7’0” center combined size and scoring power to be an impactful player on the floor, starting his career when he was chosen No. 1 overall in the 1986 Draft by Cleveland. Daugherty averaged 15.7 PPG and 8.1 RPG in his rookie season, making All-Rookie Team, and followed that up with 7 straight seasons of averaging over 16 PPG.
Daugherty was a dynamic big man as a member of the Cavaliers, averaging his career-high 21.6 PPG during his 3rd All-Star season in 1991. In the next two years, the center put up 21.5 PPG and 20.2 PPG which led to 2 more All-Star seasons. Making the All-NBA Team in the 1992 season, Daugherty had a great career with the Cavaliers and is a top-10 scorer for them.
6. Mike Mitchell - 19.3 PPG
(4 Seasons, 1979-1982)
Drafted No. 15 overall in the 1978 NBA Draft, Mike Mitchell averaged 10.7 PPG in his rookie season before blossoming into an All-Star offensive player. Mitchell put up 22.2 PPG and 7.2 RPG in his second season, following that up with 24.5 PPG in his third season which marked his first All-Star Team appearance.
The 6’7” forward played 27 games in his 4th season for the Cavaliers, averaging 19.6 PPG, which was enough to place him among the top-6 scorers in Cleveland’s history. Mitchell would never make another All-Star Team as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers or with any other team, but the forward had his best years with the Cavs.
5. Ron Harper - 19.4 PPG
(4 Seasons, 1987-1990)
A 5-time NBA champion, Ron Harper is mainly remembered for being a defensive role player for the championship Bulls and Lakers team over his career. Harper was lucky to play with all-time greats including Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Shaquille O’Neal, and Kobe Bryant to earn his championships; but the guard was a star as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Harper averaged 19.4 PPG over 4 seasons with Cleveland, averaging over 20 PPG in 2 different seasons. The 6’6” guard was a dominant defensive player but showed scoring capabilities earlier in his career, even putting up a career-high 22.9 PPG in his rookie season. As expected, Harper made the All-Rookie Team and would go on to have an amazing career thanks to his two-way play.
4. Collin Sexton - 20.0 PPG
(4 Seasons, 2019-2022)
Collin Sexton has his faults as a passer and all-around team player, but there is no denying he is a great scoring guard. The former No. 8 overall pick is averaging 20.0 PPG over his 4 seasons with the Cavaliers, his highest coming last year (24.3 PPG in 35.3 MPG). Sexton combined outside shooting (37.8%) with scoring around the rim because he has tremendous explosiveness for a player listed at 6’1”.
Unfortunately for Sexton and the Cavaliers, the guard is injured for the rest of the year due to a torn meniscus. The guard was on track to have another great season for Cleveland as he starts to gain experience on an NBA court and take his team to another level. The Cavaliers have some nice pieces in Evan Mobley, Jarrett Allen, and Darius Garland; so Sexton’s absence will hurt.
3. Kyrie Irving - 21.6 PPG
(6 Seasons, 2012-2017)
Kyrie Irving is one of the greatest players in Cavaliers history because he brought all-time great ball-handling and paired it with outside shooting and clutch-scoring. The point guard carried Cleveland before LeBron James returned, and was the biggest factor in helping James capture the NBA championship in 2016. But Kyrie’s offense was truly one of a kind for the Cavaliers, which is why he will end up as a Hall of Famer.
Irving averaged 21.6 PPG for Cleveland in 6 seasons, with his best season coming in 2017 by averaging 25.2 PPG on 47.3% shooting from the field. Kyrie also has 3 other seasons when scoring over 20 PPG, with his lowest coming in his Rookie of the Year season (18.5 PPG). The point guard formed one of the best partnerships ever with LeBron James, and his scoring ability places him top-3 in Cleveland’s all-time scorers’ list.
2. World B. Free - 23.0 PPG
(4 Seasons, 1983-1986)
Considered one of the greatest Cleveland Cavaliers players of all time, World B. Free went on a tear over the 4 years he played for the franchise. After 5 amazing seasons with the San Diego Clippers and Golden State Warriors, Free went on to average over 22 PPG for 4 straight seasons. World B. Free averaged 24.2 PPG in 54 games with Cleveland in his first season and followed that up with 22.3 PPG the next season. In his final two years, Free averaged 22.5 PPG and 23.4 PPG to solidify an incredible scoring resume.
World B. Free was not a massive player at 6’2”, but he played as if he was 5 inches taller. He was so powerful and explosive using his athleticism to score from inside and outside. The 1-time All-Star had the final star-caliber seasons of his career as a member of the Cavaliers roster because he averaged under 10 PPG for the final two seasons of his career.
1. LeBron James - 27.2 PPG
(11 Seasons, 2004-2010, 2015-2018)
Who else would appear first on the list for the Cleveland Cavaliers? James is by far the greatest player to ever wear the Cavaliers jersey and he is also the greatest all-around scorer. The King has countless dominant seasons to choose from, although his 2006 season was the most dominant in Cavaliers history in terms of offense when he dropped 31.4 PPG. James shot 48.0% from the field that season, guiding the Cavaliers to a 50-32 record in the Eastern Conference, and making it to the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals.
Otherwise, James holds career averages of 27.2 PPG, 7.3 RPG, and 7.3 APG over 11 seasons with his hometown team. James is a locomotive when he attacks the rim, and during his time with the Cavaliers, there wasn't a single player alive who could stop him. Quite frankly, no one in history stood a chance against James in that respect and that is why he has an incredible scoring record for Cleveland’s franchise.
Most Points In Cleveland Cavaliers History
Here are the ten players with the most total points in Cleveland Cavaliers history:
1. LeBron James - 23,119
2. Zydrunas Ilgauskas - 10,616
3. Brad Daugherty - 10,389
4. Austin Carr - 10,265
5. Mark Price - 9,543
6. Bingo Smith - 9,513
7. Hot Rod Williams - 8,504
8. Kyrie Irving - 8,232
9. Larry Nance - 7,257
10. Campy Russell - 6,588