Why Cleveland’s Anderson Varejao Is the NBA’s Best Glue Guy

March 24th, 2010 by Eric Felkey Leave a reply »
Let's wind the clock back to 2007. It's an abnormally nice night in March, so a few friends and I decide to blow off school (what else would you do in college?) and head out to watch the Cavs game.

The game is against the Knicks and the Cavs are struggling, down double digits in the third quarter (don't ask me how I remember this, I just do). Surprisingly, the makeshift SF/PF combo of Drew Gooden, Sasha Pavlovic, and Donyell Marshall is ineffective and being outplayed by Jared Jeffries, Channing Frye, and Eddie Curry.

Then Anderson Varejao checks in, and Cleveland goes on a run, thanks to a few offensive rebounds and an easy putback he gets.

One of my friends (who wasn't the biggest basketball fan in the world) said, "I really don't like Varejao; he's got to be one of the worst players in the league."

I nearly spit out my drink. "You've got to be kidding," I said. "He's one of the few decent players we have. What could you possibly not like about him?"

"He can't shoot, he's too small...he just doesn't look like a basketball player," he responded. "Plus, I hate the way he's always bouncing around out there. He's got energy, ...

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