3 Cavaliers You Would've Never Guessed Led the Team in Scoring

Cleveland Cavaliers may have forgotten about many of the team's best scorers, Bingo Smith included.
Cleveland Cavaliers may have forgotten about many of the team's best scorers, Bingo Smith included. | Focus On Sport/Getty Images

The Cleveland Cavaliers have endured many dark years that fans would like to forget. While the Cavs tasted Championship glory in 2016, that did not undo all the difficult years that came before. Considering those struggles, many names in franchise history have been lost in time.

Let's jog the memory, though, and take a look back at three surprising players who once led the team in scoring.

3. Lamond Murray

Lamond Murray was at his best over his three-year tenure in Cleveland.
Lamond Murray was at his best over his three-year tenure in Cleveland. | Tom Hauck/Getty Images

Lamond Murray may not be a household name for Cavalier fans, but he shone brightest in the 2001-02 season. With a career-high 16.6 points per game, Murray leaped past his career average of 11.3 ppg to best the young Andre Miller and lead the team in scoring in a time where very little went right for the Cavaliers.

2. Bingo Smith

Bingo Smith stood out for much more than his first name.
Bingo Smith stood out for much more than his first name. | Focus On Sport/Getty Images

It was quite a down year in 1974-75 for the Cavaliers offense. Previously-lethal scorers Campy Russell and Austin Carr took noticeable steps back, enabling Bingo Smith to rise to the team lead in points per game. Smith's 15.9 ppg represented the best of his career, as he played in a complete 82-game season. Because of his long career with the Cavaliers, Smith earned a spot in the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame.

1. Ricky Davis

Ricky Davis, The Game
Ricky Davis had one of his best years in Cleveland, despite the drama that came with it. | Kirby Lee/Getty Images

Davis' time with the Cavaliers was marred by controversy, specifically with head coach Paul Silas. One of the biggest accusations against Davis was his stat-padding in a game against the Jazz in 2003. That stat-padding clearly paid off, though, as Davis led the Cavaliers in scoring in the 2002-03 season, his final year in Cleveland. He left town despite having signed a six-year deal just two years prior. It was a good thing, though, as Davis made room for LeBron James to join the Cavaliers the following year.