With the NBA’s 2012 All-Star reserves being announced on Thursday evening, the biggest omission to most Cleveland fans is in center Anderson Varejao who is in the midst of a career year and leads the entire league in offensive rebounding. While which coach voted for whom may never be completely revealed, Milwaukee’s Scott Skiles gave his center nod to the Cavaliers’ big man.
“Varejao’s a different kind of cat,” Skiles told WFNY on Friday morning. “He’s unreal. I voted for him for the All-Star game, I thought he should have been an All-Star. He’s involved in every possession, he’s all over the glass. He does a bunch of other things too, it’s not just that. He can also make a shot, but just his energy – he gives the team and the building energy. I’m a big fan.”
Varejao is averaging career-highs in points (11.0) and rebounds (11.8). He will square off against Milwaukee’s Drew Gooden, a player with whom he was traded to Cleveland in 2004, on Friday night.
Indiana’s Roy Hibbert will represent the Eastern Conference reserves, backing up Orlando’s Dwight Howard. Skiles would not reveal whom he voted as his guards, but did state that he would not have had a problem with Kyrie Irving’s selection and that his ultimate decision involved heavy debate.