It’s time to focus our attention on what we do have. And somewhere, buried under all of that distaste for our former King, there’s a Cavalier Fanatic that believes this team can still compete this season. I’m not claiming that we have what it takes to win a championship right now because, as optimistic as I am, I don’t even believe that. But the Cavs have some very steady pieces that, if they work together, could finish the regular season in the top eight in the Eastern Conference. (For those of you that don’t follow me, that means they’ll make the playoffs).
So I am going to take the next couple weeks to break down our current team so that, by the end of this series, maybe we can all see just how dangerous this team can be.
Remember: We’re Clevelanders. There is no counting us out!
So without further ado, let’s take a look at #17 Anderson Varejao
Anderson Varejao – Forward (6’11”, 260)
As it has been very well documented, I am a huge fan of Anderson Varejao. I love the way he plays the game of basketball and I honestly do not believe that his success stemmed solely from playing with LeBron James.
While having LeBron on our side certainly helped the six feet-eleven inch Brazilian native, his game revolves mostly around being extremely tenacious on both sides of the basketball. He is very aggressive and manages to get under the skin of many of his opponents.
He made a huge impact on the Cavaliers last season and, by some, was called the team’s second MVP. But much of his offense came from running the floor and scoring easy baskets. That is the key to Andy’s offensive production. And it is just that that will make Anderson Varejao a force to be reckoned with again this season.
He didn’t make it into the NBA based on talent alone. Of course it helps that he is nearly seven feet tall. But he made the NBA because he knows how to play the game of basketball in a very aggressive and, thus far, efficient way.
I’m not expecting a large amount of offense from the Wild Thing this season. It’d be crazy to ask him to pick up the slack left by the Squire. But he can make an impact in such a way that he may help loosen the blow of losing the NBA’s second-best player. Rebounding. Taking charges. Rebounding. Frustrating opponents. Blocking shots. Stealing passes. Tipping balls. And rebounding the basketball.
That is the key to the game for Anderson Varejao. And that is what will make Andy a great player. With or without LeBron James.
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