Cleveland Cavaliers’ Andrew Bynum, Anderson Varejao Could Be Best Center Combo in NBA
The Cleveland Cavaliers have been building over the past few NBA seasons and now it appears that they are ready to make a run at the postseason this year. Not only do they have Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters, Tristan Thompson and the number one overall pick in 2013 Anthony Bennett, but they also added Earl Clark, Jarrett Jack and Andrew Bynum in free agency
Obviously the most exciting part of the Cavs is going to be seeing Irving in his third season and seeing if he can elevate himself to superstar status. However, it’s also going to be exciting to see Bynum and Anderson Varejao at the center position and see what they bring to the table as a tandem.
Bynum, as most people know, missed all of last season with knee injuries. However, when he was healthy in the 2011-2012 season with the Los Angeles Lakers, he was incredibly dominant. In 60 games he averaged 18.7 points, 11.8 rebounds and 1.9 blocks in 35.2 minutes per game while hitting on 55.8 percent of his field goal attempts.
Varejao missed most of last season as well after doctors discovered a blood clot in his lung. However, in the 25 games he played before that incident, he was on his way to a career-year. In his limited number of games he averaged 14.1 points, 14.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.5 steals per game while shooting 47.8 percent from the field.
There’s no denying that Varejao and Bynum are two of the better centers in the game. If both guys are healthy (a big if), they could be one of the most dangerous center rotations in the league. With Bynum, you get an elite rebounder and offensive center and with Varejao you get a ton of energy and another elite rebounder. Kyrie is obviously a reason to get excited about the Cavs. However, watching these two big men split time is yet another reason Cleveland could be dangerous this season.