How Important is Anderson Varejao to Cleveland Cavaliers?

By kennethbrown
Evan Habeeb- USA TODAY Sports

The Cleveland Cavaliers need a healthy Anderson Varejao for many reasons, and so does the NBA.

He is averaging 8.2 PPG, 7.4 RPG and 2.7 APG per game and has been one of their more consistent players so far this season. It seems like his injury-plagued past is behind him, so only now can we learn just how important of a player he is for his team. If he can stay healthy, just how far can he take his young team, and how vital is his leadership?

The 31-year-old center has only played around one season worth of games across the last three years, which is a staggering statistic for any team and one of their star players, let alone one who’ve had little help like The Cavaliers. LeBron James is evidently missed, but the lack of games from Varejao has certainly not helped the team either. He offers power, presence and all-round ability that the rest of the Cavaliers’ roster has failed to recover and recoup for.

Anderson is one of the only players who have been in the organization for a long time, and he remembers the good times, which could be fundamental in bringing them back once again. But if all else fails, he would be a worthy trade asset, especially if the Cavaliers want to continue their rebuilding if they have another season of struggles.

Whether he is on the court for the Cavaliers or a new team in the future, he will be an important part in this team’s outlook in the near future.

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