July 22, 2014

While We’re Waiting… Somewhere Anderson Varejao just grabbed another rebound

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“At his current pace (and if he stays healthy), Varejao would finish the season with about 1,222 rebounds. That would destroy the Cavaliers’ single season record, which was set in 1975-76 when Jim Brewer grabbed 891 boards. Carlos Boozer holds the single season team record for rebounding average at 11.4 RPG.

And while he still has a long way to go, if he were to surpass the 1,200 rebound mark this season, that would put him in elite company. There have only been 76 seasons of 1,200+ rebounds in NBA history. Wilt Chamberlain accounted for 13 of them. In fact, if you exclude Chamberlain and Bill Russell, there have only been 51 occasions in which a player grabbed at least 1,200 boards in a season. Perhaps most impressively, it hasn’t been done since Dennis Rodman grabbed 1,201 in 1997-98.” [Mayer/Rebuilding Since 1964]

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“I took one of my college friends to her first NFL game: Browns v. Ravens. We weren’t drinking, swearing, or doing anything remotely offensive—actually quite in contrast to many of the groups around us.

In the 4th quarter, we had the Ravens pinned back inside their own 10-yard line. The Browns players were raising their arms in the air, trying to get fans to stand up and make some noise to pressure Flacco and deafen the offense. We stood up, for the first time during a play the entire game. We subsequently got screamed at to sit down by a man the row behind us. It was seriously the loudest I have ever had someone yell at me, due in part to this guy’s mouth being literally only a foot from my head.” [Schilling/CShills]

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“Tristan Thomspon wasn’t impressive. Marcin Gortat and Luis Scola are a solid post duo, but they looked like Sampson and Olajuwon when defending Tristan down low. He has no offensive repertoire to speak of. Tigger shot 1-7 from the field for 5 points, and had no blocks or steals. However, I’d like to point out that he shot 3-4 from the free throw line. That’s not bad at all.” [Socher/Cavs the Blog]

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“Dynamic quarterback-turned-running back Denard Robinson gashed the Silver Bullets for 124 yards, including a 67-yard touchdown run, in the first half alone. But after the break, things changed dramatically for Michigan.

“We challenged them at halftime,” Fickell said. “All year, our thing was not to give up big plays, and that’s what we did in the first half. We were able to make adjustments and settle in. I thought we played one of our best games defensively in the second half.”

Meyer’s message to his defensive staff at halftime was to stop the quarterback run. Robinson was limited to minus-2 rushing yards in the second half. The Wolverines, excluding Robinson, had minus-14 rushing yards for the game as team. Ohio State also created three of Michigan’s four turnovers in the second half. The backbreaker came with under five minutes left when CJ Barnett intercepted quarterback Devin Gardner. From there, Ohio State ran out the clock.” [Rowland/Eleven Warriors]

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“Brandon Weeden, for example, caught some grief for the way he played — after he had completed 17-of-26. Weeden’s final passer rating in the Browns win was 78.7.

Which doesn’t sound great — until perspective is applied. In the previous five games before facing the Browns, the Steelers had played the Bengals, Redskins, Giants, Chiefs and Ravens — which means they faced Andy Dalton, Robert Griffin III, Eli Manning, Matt Cassell and Joe Flacco. None had a rating higher than Weeden’s” [McManamon/The OBR]

  • boomhauertjs

    It will be interesting to see how Weeden does over the next few weeks against some weaker defenses.

  • architrance

    *Varejao is a 30 year old who has only managed to play a full season 3 times in his career. In those seasons he averaged HALF the rebounds he’s pulling down this year. Granted his playing time and usage is WAY up, but does anyone seriously believe his current numbers are sustainable? Isn’t an injury inevitable, given his history and style of play? Hasn’t his trade value also sky rocketed along with his stats?

  • mgbode

    he’s playing like Kevin Love minus the 3pt shooting. do you think any other team is going to give us close to that value?

    also, his per minute rebound average is barely up over last season. both are higher than previous years (not so much that I wouldn’t think it’s real though) but I think it is attributable to not having to defer some rebounds to a certain player we had as much as anything.

    #SaveAndy

  • architrance

    I totally agree. I love the dude. Just worried where we will be if he gets injured (yet again).

  • mgbode

    same place we will be w/o Kyrie. sadly, our 2 best players have extensive injury histories. just have to hope for the best moving forward at this point I think.

  • architrance

    Or trade him now. Finish with the worst record in the league. Draft a stud to complement our core. Trade him to OKC for Jeremy Lamb and some of their upcoming draft picks – Toronto’s #1 (top 3 and bottom 15 protected. Will probably be between 3-10). OKC still has two other first rounders this year, although nowhere near as high.

    Add two more top draft picks to this squad. Stockpile talent. Lets face it, as this team is currently comprised, they are not competing for a championship this year or next. So why stand pat?

  • mgbode

    that’s where it gets hairy. OKC is about to hit cap-hell. they just traded Harden and they are still $10mil over the cap w/ an impending extension to Ibaka coming up.

    Can they afford to give $8mil/year to Andy too? also, since they are over the cap, they need the numbers to work out. the only way for them to do it is to send back Perkins.

    This sounds like a win (they clear him off their books and the Cavs get a real life center though underperforming this year), except that Perk happens to be one of the very few C’s who can defend Dwight Howard 1on1. The very same Dwight that is the on the team that is likely one of the main obstacles for the Thunder. Perk is also a better defender for a guy like Marc Gasol if the team ends up being the Grizzlies instead.

    Perkins + J.Lamb + Toronto 1st (5-15)
    for
    Andy

    and that’s not even considering that J.Lamb won’t be NBA-ready for another year or two as he bulks up (OKC just sent him to DL Tulsa so he can at least play)

  • mgbode

    a trade that I would prefer to the OKC one:

    Houston (have to love the idea of Andy pairing with Asik in the frontcourt with Lin/Harden in the backcourt):

    Parsons, Patterson, Cook
    for
    Andy

    Is that really enough though? no 2013 1st rounder (unless it’s top14 and if we give them Andy it won’t be – so it’ll go to the Hawks). I’m sure we can get them to throw in Royce White who they are having personal issues with, but it sounds like we would have the same issues.

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