If you haven’t already heard, the Cleveland Cavaliers will have three players represented on the 2013 All-Star ballot. Two of the names, Kyrie Irving and Anderson Varejao, should be pretty commonplace among the league by now, but small forward Omri Casspi will be the third Cavalier on the list. The game will be played on February 17, 2013 at 8 p.m. in Houston. There are less than 60 days left to vote for your favorite players, so make sure you try your best to represent some Wine and Gold players on your ballots.
Even though Irving will be out for the next four weeks, I still see his chance of garnering an All-Star selection as mid to high, but we will definitely see some Kyrie come All-Star weekend with the playing of the Rookie-Sophomore game. With Kyrie being out a month, however, that does increase Varejao’s chance of being selected to his first All-Star appearance. He will have to take on some more of the scoring load with Irving out, so it won’t surprise me if Wild Thing is putting up 20 points and brining down 12 boards by the time voting comes to a close.
To get a better look at the three selections, here are their stats through 10 games:
Omri Casspi – 3.5 points, 0.2 assists, 2.7 rebounds, 9.8 minutes in six games
-Shooting 29.4 percent from the field, 36.4 percent from three and 70.0 percent from the free throw line
Kyrie Irving – 22.9 points, 5.6 assists, 3.7 rebounds, 1.1 steals, 35.2 minutes in 10 games
-Shooting 46.3 percent from the field, 39.1 percent from three and 82.5 percent from the free throw line
Anderson Varejao – 14.3 points, 13.1 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.3 steals, 35.7 minutes in nine games
-Shooting 53.9 percent from the field, 76.0 percent from the free throw line
Out of the two stat lines of players that actually have a chance of making the All-Star team of the Eastern Conference, Varejao’s is the most impressive. Points and rebounds aside, Varejao has been key in situations where he comes down with an offensive rebound under the hoop and quickly finds a player down low for the score. He has come back stronger than I thought from his wrist injury last season, and he is making everyone around him better this season.
It will be interesting to see where these two players land in the final vote, but I would be very surprised to see one of these players on the roster in February. Only because I believe that the better player or the player who deserves the spot more will not get chosen more times than not.