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Anderson Varejao

33-Year-Old    C,PF    Cleveland Cavaliers

2015-16 NBA Stats

PTS

2.6

REB

2.9

AST

0.6

STL

0.4

BLK

0.2

2015-16 NBA ROS Projections

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2015-16 Fantasy Basketball Outlook

One can only wonder what Anderson Varejao's career would have been like had he not been hit by numerous injuries. The ebullient Brazilian has been limited to 31 or fewer games in four of the last five seasons. In 2015-16, a torn Achilles' tendon ended his season after just 2...

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HT: 6' 10"   WT: 230 lbs   DOB: 9/28/1982  College: Spain   DRAFTED: 2nd Rd, #30 Overall in 2004   Show ContractHide Contract

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Signed a two-year extension with Cleveland in October of 2014, with a team option for a third year.

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Varejao pitched in two points (1-4 FG), 10 rebounds, three assists, two steals, and two blocks in 27 minutes off the bench during Saturday's 99-84 win over the Pelicans.

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Anderson Varejao NBA Stats – Per Game
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2004-05 21 54 16.0 4.9 4.8 0.5 0.8 0.7 0.0 51.3 53.5 0.5 2.0 2.7 0.0 0.0 1.8 3.6 1.3 2.4
2005-06 22 48 15.8 4.6 4.9 0.4 0.6 0.4 0.0 52.7 51.3 0.6 1.6 3.3 0.0 0.0 1.6 3.1 1.3 2.5
2006-07 23 81 23.9 6.8 6.7 0.9 0.9 0.6 0.0 47.6 61.6 0.8 2.4 4.4 0.1 0.0 2.4 5.0 2.0 3.3
2007-08 24 48 27.5 6.7 8.3 1.1 0.8 0.5 0.0 46.1 59.8 1.2 2.8 5.5 0.0 0.0 2.8 6.1 1.0 1.7
2008-09 25 81 28.5 8.6 7.2 1.0 0.9 0.8 0.0 53.6 61.6 1.0 2.0 5.1 0.0 0.0 3.3 6.2 1.9 3.1
2009-10 26 76 28.5 8.6 7.6 1.1 0.9 0.9 0.0 57.2 66.3 0.9 2.5 5.1 0.1 20.0 3.5 6.1 1.5 2.3
2010-11 27 CLE 31 32.1 9.1 9.7 1.5 0.9 1.2 0.0 52.8 66.7 1.3 3.2 6.5 0.1 0.0 3.7 7.0 1.7 2.6
2011-12 28 CLE 25 31.4 10.8 11.5 1.7 1.4 0.7 0.0 51.4 67.2 1.8 4.4 7.1 0.2 0.0 4.6 8.9 1.7 2.6
2012-13 29 CLE 25 36.0 14.1 14.4 3.4 1.5 0.6 0.0 47.8 75.5 1.8 5.5 8.9 0.2 0.0 5.5 11.6 3.1 4.1
2013-14 30 CLE 65 27.7 8.4 9.7 2.2 1.1 0.6 0.0 49.5 68.1 1.1 2.9 6.8 0.1 0.0 3.5 7.1 1.4 2.1
2014-15 31 CLE 26 24.5 9.8 6.5 1.3 0.7 0.6 0.0 55.5 73.3 1.3 2.2 4.3 0.1 0.0 4.3 7.7 1.3 1.7
2015-16 32 CLE 31 10.0 2.6 2.9 0.6 0.4 0.2 0.0 42.1 76.2 0.5 0.8 2.2 0.0 0.0 1.0 2.5 0.5 0.7
Rest Of Season Projections 33 CLE 23 4.1 Subscribe now to see our 2015-16 rest of season projections for Anderson Varejao
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Anderson Varejao NBA Stats – Recent Stat Breakdown
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Time Period G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
Last 7 Days 3 18.3 4.3 6.0 1.0 1.0 0.7 0.0 35.7 75.0 1.0 1.7 4.3 0.0 0.0 1.7 4.7 1.0 1.3
Last 14 Days 4 15.5 3.8 4.5 0.8 0.8 0.5 0.0 40.0 75.0 0.8 1.3 3.3 0.0 0.0 1.5 3.8 0.8 1.0
Last 30 Days 7 14.0 4.3 3.9 1.1 0.9 0.3 0.0 42.9 75.0 0.7 1.1 2.7 0.0 0.0 1.7 4.0 0.9 1.1
Last 5 Games 5 14.6 4.2 4.2 0.6 0.8 0.4 0.0 47.4 75.0 0.8 1.4 2.8 0.0 0.0 1.8 3.8 0.6 0.8
Last 10 Games 10 13.2 3.4 3.8 1.1 0.7 0.2 0.0 40.0 75.0 0.7 0.9 2.9 0.0 0.0 1.4 3.5 0.6 0.8
Last 20 Games 20 10.6 2.5 3.2 0.8 0.5 0.2 0.0 40.8 71.4 0.5 0.8 2.5 0.0 0.0 1.0 2.5 0.5 0.7

 

2015-16 NBA Game Log   Anderson Varejao
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Date Opp MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA OREB DREB FOULS
2016-2Feb 10 LAL 19 8 6 0 0 0 2 3 8 2 2 0 0 3 3 4
2016-2Feb 8 SAC 9 3 2 0 1 0 0 1 2 1 2 0 0 1 1 1
2016-2Feb 6 NOP 27 2 10 3 2 2 1 1 4 0 0 0 0 1 9 4
2016-2Feb 5 BOS Did Not Play
2016-2Feb 3 @CHA 7 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016-2Feb 1 @IND Did Not Play
2016-1Jan 30 SAS Did Not Play
2016-1Jan 29 @DET Did Not Play
2016-1Jan 27 PHO 11 6 3 0 1 0 1 3 4 0 0 0 0 2 1 0
2016-1Jan 25 MIN Did Not Play
2016-1Jan 23 CHI Did Not Play
2016-1Jan 21 LAC Did Not Play
2016-1Jan 20 @BKN Did Not Play
2016-1Jan 18 GSW 17 5 4 3 1 0 1 2 4 1 2 0 0 0 4 1
2016-1Jan 15 @HOU 8 4 2 2 1 0 0 1 5 2 2 0 0 1 1 2
2016-1Jan 14 @SAS Did Not Play
2016-1Jan 12 @DAL Did Not Play
2016-1Jan 10 @PHI Did Not Play
2016-1Jan 8 @MIN Did Not Play
2016-1Jan 6 @WAS Did Not Play
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2016-1Jan 4 TOR Did Not Play
2016-1Jan 2 ORL 7 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
2015-12Dec 29 @DEN Did Not Play
2015-12Dec 28 @PHO Did Not Play
2015-12Dec 26 @POR 14 4 5 1 0 0 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 5 2
2015-12Dec 25 @GSW Did Not Play
2015-12Dec 23 NYK Did Not Play
2015-12Dec 20 PHI 13 0 3 1 1 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 1 2 3
2015-12Dec 17 OKC 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2015-12Dec 15 @BOS 7 4 2 0 0 0 0 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 2
2015-12Dec 11 @ORL 10 4 3 1 1 0 1 1 3 2 2 0 0 2 1 1
2015-12Dec 8 POR 6 0 2 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1
2015-12Dec 5 @MIA 14 0 6 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 6 1
2015-12Dec 4 @NOP 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
2015-12Dec 1 WAS 9 2 2 1 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
2015-11Nov 28 BKN 4 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
2015-11Nov 27 @CHA Did Not Play
2015-11Nov 25 @TOR 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2015-11Nov 23 ORL 13 4 8 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 2 0 0 3 5 0
2015-11Nov 21 ATL 19 7 3 1 0 0 1 2 4 3 3 0 0 0 3 1
2015-11Nov 19 MIL 11 9 2 1 0 0 0 4 4 1 2 0 0 1 1 2
2015-11Nov 17 @DET Did Not Play
2015-11Nov 14 @MIL 5 2 1 1 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
2015-11Nov 13 @NYK 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 2 1 0
2015-11Nov 10 UTA 6 2 1 0 0 1 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
2015-11Nov 8 IND Did Not Play
2015-11Nov 6 PHI 7 2 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2015-11Nov 4 NYK 5 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
2015-11Nov 2 @PHI 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
2015-10Oct 30 MIA 16 2 8 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 2 6 1
2015-10Oct 28 @MEM 11 4 5 2 0 0 1 2 6 0 0 0 0 2 3 2
2015-10Oct 27 @CHI 12 2 2 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 2 0 0 1 1 1
Anderson Varejao Projections For Upcoming Games – Next 3 Days
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2.  Timofey Mozgov

3.  Anderson Varejao

4.  Kevin Love

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True Shooting Percentage

46.9%

True Shooting % in 2015-16

In 2015-16, Anderson Varejao has a true shooting percentage of 46.9%.

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Anderson Varejao NBA Stats – Per 36 Minutes
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2004-05 21 54 36.0 11.1 10.7 1.1 1.7 1.6 0.0 51.3 53.5 1.1 4.5 6.2 0.1 0.0 4.1 8.1 2.8 5.3
2005-06 22 48 36.0 10.4 11.1 0.9 1.5 0.9 0.0 52.7 51.3 1.3 3.6 7.5 0.0 0.0 3.7 7.1 2.9 5.6
2006-07 23 81 36.0 10.2 10.2 1.4 1.4 1.0 0.0 47.6 61.6 1.2 3.6 6.6 0.2 0.0 3.6 7.5 3.1 5.0
2007-08 24 48 36.0 8.8 10.9 1.4 1.0 0.7 0.0 46.1 59.8 1.6 3.7 7.2 0.1 0.0 3.7 8.1 1.3 2.2
2008-09 25 81 36.0 10.8 9.1 1.3 1.2 1.0 0.0 53.6 61.6 1.2 2.6 6.5 0.0 0.0 4.2 7.9 2.4 3.9
2009-10 26 76 36.0 10.8 9.6 1.4 1.2 1.1 0.0 57.2 66.3 1.1 3.1 6.5 0.1 20.0 4.4 7.8 1.9 2.9
2010-11 27 CLE 31 36.0 10.2 10.9 1.6 1.0 1.4 0.0 52.8 66.7 1.4 3.5 7.4 0.1 0.0 4.1 7.8 2.0 2.9
2011-12 28 CLE 25 36.0 12.4 13.2 2.0 1.6 0.8 0.0 51.4 67.2 2.1 5.0 8.2 0.2 0.0 5.2 10.2 2.0 2.9
2012-13 29 CLE 25 36.0 14.1 14.4 3.4 1.5 0.6 0.0 47.8 75.5 1.8 5.5 8.9 0.2 0.0 5.5 11.5 3.1 4.1
2013-14 30 CLE 65 36.0 10.9 12.6 2.8 1.4 0.8 0.0 49.5 68.1 1.4 3.7 8.8 0.1 0.0 4.5 9.2 1.8 2.7
2014-15 31 CLE 26 36.0 14.4 9.6 2.0 1.1 0.9 0.0 55.5 73.3 2.0 3.2 6.4 0.1 0.0 6.3 11.3 1.9 2.5
2015-16 32 CLE 31 36.0 9.3 10.6 2.3 1.3 0.6 0.0 42.1 76.2 1.9 2.8 7.8 0.1 0.0 3.7 8.8 1.9 2.4
Rest Of Season Projections 33 CLE 23 36.0 Subscribe now to see our 2015-16 rest of season projections for Anderson Varejao
Preseason Projections 33 CLE 45 36.0 Subscribe now to see our 2015-16 projections for Anderson Varejao

Age is determined on November 1st of each season.

Anderson Varejao NBA Stats – Totals
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2004-05 21 54 863 266 257 27 41 38 0 51.3 53.5 26 109 148 2 0.0 99 193 68 127
2005-06 22 48 760 219 235 19 31 19 0 52.7 51.3 27 77 158 1 0.0 79 150 61 119
2006-07 23 81 1932 547 545 75 76 52 0 47.6 61.6 67 191 354 9 0.0 191 401 165 268
2007-08 24 48 1319 321 399 53 37 26 0 46.1 59.8 59 134 265 2 0.0 136 295 49 82
2008-09 25 81 2306 694 581 81 75 66 0 53.6 61.6 80 166 415 2 0.0 270 504 154 250
2009-10 26 76 2164 651 578 87 71 67 1 57.2 66.3 67 189 389 5 20.0 267 467 116 175
2010-11 27 CLE 31 994 282 301 45 27 38 0 52.8 66.7 40 98 203 2 0.0 114 216 54 81
2011-12 28 CLE 25 785 271 287 43 35 17 0 51.4 67.2 45 109 178 4 0.0 114 222 43 64
2012-13 29 CLE 25 901 353 361 84 37 14 0 47.8 75.5 44 138 223 5 0.0 138 289 77 102
2013-14 30 CLE 65 1800 546 629 140 69 39 0 49.5 68.1 72 187 442 7 0.0 227 459 92 135
2014-15 31 CLE 26 636 255 170 35 19 16 0 55.5 73.3 35 57 113 2 0.0 111 200 33 45
2015-16 32 CLE 31 310 80 91 20 11 5 0 42.1 76.2 16 24 67 1 0.0 32 76 16 21
Rest Of Season Projections 33 CLE 23 95 Subscribe now to see our 2015-16 rest of season projections for Anderson Varejao
Preseason Projections 33 CLE 45 680 Subscribe now to see our 2015-16 projections for Anderson Varejao

Age is determined on November 1st of each season.

Anderson Varejao NBA Advanced Stats
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Season Age Team G Min TS% eFG% AR TOR AST/TO EFF
2004-05 21 54 16.0 53.4 51.3 8.9 8.6 1.0 8.3
2005-06 22 48 15.8 54.1 52.7 7.7 10.9 0.7 7.6
2006-07 23 81 23.9 52.7 47.6 11.3 10.1 1.1 11.3
2007-08 24 48 27.5 48.5 46.1 12.0 13.3 0.9 12.2
2008-09 25 81 28.5 56.5 53.6 10.5 10.3 1.0 13.4
2009-10 26 76 28.5 59.8 57.3 12.5 9.6 1.3 14.8
2010-11 27 CLE 31 32.1 56.0 52.8 13.4 11.9 1.1 16.9
2011-12 28 CLE 25 31.4 54.2 51.4 12.7 13.3 1.0 19.2
2012-13 29 CLE 25 36.0 52.9 47.8 18.2 9.5 1.9 25.2
2013-14 30 CLE 65 27.7 52.7 49.5 19.2 9.9 1.9 16.6
2014-15 31 CLE 26 24.5 58.0 55.5 12.1 12.1 1.0 13.8
2015-16 32 CLE 31 10.0 46.9 42.1 16.5 13.2 1.3 4.6
Rest Of Season Projections 33 CLE 23 4.1 Subscribe now to see our 2015-16 rest of season projections for Anderson Varejao
Preseason Projections 33 CLE 45 15.1 Subscribe now to see our 2015-16 projections for Anderson Varejao

Age is determined on November 1st of each season.

Anderson Varejao: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Varejao (coach's decision) didn't play in Friday's win over the Pistons.

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Varejao delivered five points (2-4 FG, 1-2 FT), four rebounds, three assists, and one steal in 17 minutes during the Cavaliers' 132-98 loss to the Warriors on Monday.

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Varejao (coach's decision) hasn't played in the Cavaliers' last two games.

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Varejao provided four points (1-3 FG, 2-2 FT) and three rebounds in 10 minutes in the win over Orlando on Friday.

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Varejao played just nine minutes in the Tuesday loss to Washington. He had two points (1-2 FG) and two rebounds.

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Varejao recorded nine points, two rebounds, and an assist over 11 minutes during Thursday's game against the Bucks.

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Varejao played just five minutes in the double-overtime loss to the Bucks on Saturday. He had two points (1-2 FG), one rebound, and one assist.

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Varejao played just 11 minutes in Wednesday's blowout win over Memphis and provided four points (2-6 FG), five rebounds, and two assists.

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Varejao collected 12 points (4-7 FG, 4-6 FT), five assists, six rebounds, and a steal over 21 minutes in Sunday's preseason loss to the Raptors.

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Varejao recorded six points (1-4 FG, 4-4 FT), seven rebounds, three assists, two steals, and a blocked shot over 21 minutes in Monday's preseason loss to the Grizzlies.

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Varejao confirmed at Monday's media day that he'll be a "full go from the beginning" of training camp, Marlo Ridenour of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

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Varejao (Achilles) was limited to 26 games in the 2014-15 season after signing a contract extension with the Cavaliers in the preseason. He averaged 9.6 points and 6.5 rebounds before going down for the season in late December.

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2015-16

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2014-15

Anderson Varejao is the only player on the Cavaliers' roster who is still in Cleveland from the last time LeBron James was in town. In the last four seasons, Varejao has put up some fine numbers when he has been on the court. The problem, of course, is that the Brazilian big man has been hurt again and again and only appeared in 81 games from 2010-11 through 2012-13. Last year, he managed to play in 65 games (starting 29). Varejao provided 8.4 points, 9.7 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.1 steals, and 0.6 blocks in 28 minutes per game. He converted 50 percent of his field goals and 68 percent of his free throws. Varejao will be 32 years old in September, so coach David Blatt will likely need to ration his minutes throughout the season to keep him healthy. With Kevin Love on the team, Varejao will have another body down low to fight for all of the rebounds. Blatt should be able to give Varejao some rest when the Cavaliers go small and use Love as the center. Varejao's frenetic low-post defense will be very helpful to the team with their championship aspirations. He should provide good numbers in the rebound category and should have some, albeit limited, fantasy value.

2013-14

Like his cartoon counterpart Sideshow Bob, Varejao seems to be restricted to cameo appearances each season. The talented but oft-injured big man has missed more than half the season each of the past three years, appearing in just 81 of 230 possible games. His 2012-13 season was cut short by a blood clot that limited him to 25 games. But when he was healthy in 2012-13, Varejao was performing at the highest level of his career. Varejao averaged 14.1 points, 14.4 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 32 minutes per game last season – all career-high marks. He has already received clearance to take part in basketball activities and should be ready for the start of the season. Despite his apparent health, the injury concerns remain valid given his past struggles to stay out of street clothes. There could also be a minutes crunch in Cleveland's frontcourt this year with Varejao, Andrew Bynum, Anthony Bennett and Tristan Thompson all worthy of starting and battling for minutes at two positions. Even if he manages to stay healthy for the first time since the 2009-10 campaign, Varejao is bound to see his minutes, and as a result, his production drop from last year's rates. He remains a decent double-double option to target as frontcourt depth, but don't expect the career numbers he posted last season.

2012-13

Prior to suffering a fractured wrist in February, Varejao was well on his way to putting together the best season of his career. Through 25 games, Varejao was a double-double machine, averaging career-highs in points (10.8) and rebounds (11.5). His percentages (51.4 FG, 67.2 FT) and block production (0.7) was pedestrian, but Varejao helped offset his mediocre categories by racking up 1.4 steals per game – an elite amount for a big man – and taking decent care of the ball (1.8 Turnovers). The Cavs have two young big men in Tyler Zeller and Tristan Thompson to build their frontcourt around in the future, but Varejao figures to still be one of the more prominent parts of the team for the 2012-13 season. His wrist injury is also no longer a concern, as Varejao played for Brazil in the Summer Olympics without any complications. While his skills don’t matchup to some of the more talented players at his position, Varejao is a smart player who often outhustles his opponents. He’ll play a prominent role on the Cavs again in 2012-13 and will be a good source of double-double production for fantasy squads.

2011-12

Prior to suffering a season-ending torn tendon in his right leg, Varejao was quietly putting together a career year for the Cavs. In his 31 games, Varejao averaged personal bests in points (9.7), rebounds (9.1) and blocks (1.2). The main reason for his boost in production was an increase in playing time. After Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Shaquille O’Neal both left town via free agency, Varejao was handed 32 minutes per game, which was easily the highest total of his career. Varjao underwent surgery to repair his torn tendon back in February. The original timetable for rehab was 3-4 months, so he should be back at full strength when training camps open. Cavs coach Byron Scott is a fan of Varejao’s high-energy play, and without any other legit center options on the roster, the 29-year-old Brazilian’s expanded role should carry over to the 2011-12 season. He’ll never be a big scorer, but with significant playing time in hand, Varejao is a nightly double-double threat while also providing serviceable defensive stats. Don’t hesitate to look his way late in drafts as you fill out your frontcourt.

2010-11

The departures of LeBron James, Shaquille O'Neal and Zydrunas Ilgauskas mean Cleveland's remaining frontcourt players will need to step up in a big way. That should mean an increased role for Varejao, though we're not absolutely certain that's a good thing. To date, Varejao has made his living as an energy player, grabbing boards, scoring on put-backs and harassing the opposition for around 28 minutes per night; it's not at all clear that he'll have the same impact if forced into playing starter's minutes.

2009-10

Now that the contract issues are behind him and he has moved into the starting lineup, Varejao should improve on the nine double-doubles he logged last season. Varejao will contribute in four main categories; rebounds, steals, blocks and field-goal percentage, but he's no more than a role player for your fantasy team as any low-post offense will typically run through Shaquille O'Neal and Zydrunas Ilgauskas.

2008-09

After missing almost half the season from contract holdout and ankle injuries, he looks to play a more pivotal role in the Cavaliers rotation this season. He sat out the Olympics to ensure his body was ready for the long NBA season. Look for Varejao to continue his erratic defensive game, while being productive on the boards. In deeper leagues he is a player that won't necessarily hurt you, but he's not likely to be more than an occasional injury fill-in.

2007-08

Varejao emerged last season as Mike Brown's go-to bench player, especially as a sub at center for older, slower Zydrunas Ilgauskas. In addition to providing a shot of energy that allowed the Cavs to quicken their tempo, Varejao impressed the defensive-minded Brown with his rebounding (6.7 per game) and willingness to take charges (99 on the season). Assuming the restricted free agent re-signs, Varejao will continue to figure heavily in the rotation, but the offensive numbers just aren't there for him to warrant serious fantasy consideration. Varejao is currently holding out for a contract extension.

2006-07

After offseason shoulder surgery delayed his 2005-2006 season debut until January, Varejao finished the 2005-2006 season with an impressive showing against the Detroit Pistons in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Since then, it has been expected that coach Mike Brown would try to find a way to get Varejao more consistent minutes. Early indications are that the team would like to use him to run more high pick-and-rolls with LeBron James, the formula that enabled Varejao's postseason contributions, and have been installing plays to that effect. From January to April last season, his production increased in direct proportion to his playing time, until he finished the month of April having averaged 25.3 minutes, 7.9 points, and 8.6 total rebounds per game. The Cavs would like to see him improve his offensive production while playing him at least 20 minutes per game off the bench behind starter Drew Gooden. Newly-acquired PF/C Scot Pollard's minutes will likely come at someone else's expense because of the Cavaliers' hope in Varejao's potential.

2005-06

Varejao is out five months after surgery for his dislocated shoulder. When he returns he will see very limited minutes for the suddenly deep Cavaliers.

2004-05

The Cavs acquired the rights to Varejao along with Drew Gooden in a multi-player deal with Orlando over the summer. Gooden is expected to replace the departed Carlos Boozer at power forward and Varejao will serve as a backup. Bottom line: Varejao's main contribution this season will be keeping the bench warm.

2003-04

Varejao is a very active, energetic forward who runs the floor, crashes the glass, dives for loose balls and is really all over the court. He's a good athlete, though not a great leaper. His offense is still pretty raw. He doesn't appear to be the type of guy who could ever average more than 10 ppg in the pros. He just doesn't have enough go to moves to score consistently in the league. The Spurs love Varejao and would probably take him with the 28th pick in the draft.