A relative unknown when he was selected with the 20th overall pick in the 1996 NBA Draft – a draft that produced Kobe Bryant, Allen Iverson, Steve Nash and Ray Allen – Zydrunas Ilgauskas had one of the most interesting and inspiring journeys for a European player in NBA history. It was difficult enough for the Lithuanian native to learn how to be the man in the middle for a young Cavaliers team, he had to face those challenges while immersing himself in a completely different culture. On top of that, he battled a myriad of injuries to a big man’s biggest Achilles heels – his feet and ankles. He overcame all of those challenges, and by the time he retired in 2011, Big Z was a two-time NBA All-Star and one of the most beloved players in franchise history. He spent 13 seasons in the NBA, 12 of them as the man in the middle in Cleveland. He still ranks first among Cavaliers annals in games (771), rebounds (5,904) and offensive rebounds (2,336). Ilgauskas has signed this Spalding replica indoor/outdoor basketball in black paint pen. His signature is deemed authentic by virtue of Upper Deck Authenticated’s Five Step Process.