July 24, 2014

Kyrie 4th among East guards in All-Star voting, Varejao not among leaders

The NBA tweeted the first batch of results for All-Star balloting-

Irving is fourth despite missing half the Cavaliers’ games this season.

Anderson Varejao, who leads the league in rebounding with 14.8 per game and has a career high scoring average of 14.3 points is not among the frontcourt players listed in fan balloting. He is 12th.

 

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NBA Eastern Conference All-Stars

The NBA announced the reserves for the NBA All-Star game on Sunday, February 26. For the Eastern Conference, the reserves are R. Hibbert (Ind), L. Deng (Chi), P. Pierce (Bos), C. Bosh (Mia), D. Williams (NJ), A. Iguodala (Phi) and Joe Johnson (Atl). They join starters D. Wade and L. James (Mia), D. Rose (Chi), D. Howard (Orl) and C. Anthony (NY).

Cavaliers Anderson Varejao and Kyrie Irving were not selected to participate, but could always be added as injury replacements. Irving and fellow rookie Tristan Thompson have been invited to take part in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge.

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NBA All-Star Reserves Announced Tonight

Tonight on TNT the NBA All-Star reserves will be announced. Cleveland fans have been hoping to see Anderson Varejao get a shot to represent the CLE in Orlando, and possibly even rookie Kyrie Irving. I’m sorry to have to say it, but it isn’t happening.

Clevelanders weren’t so crazy as to insist that Varejao should be voted in as an All-Star starter at center. Clearly, Howard is the more talented player. As the season has worn on however, Andy has held his own with the second tier of players at the position. His 11.0 points per game put him 8th in the Eastern Conference for centers. He is second in overall rebounding, and first in offensive rebounds. Stats have long been Anderson’s foe when it comes to making an All-Star roster, so why not this year when his numbers are comparable?

His primary competition for an All-Star spot are Roy Hibbert and Tyson Chandler. Hibbert will likely get the back-up center spot. He is averaging a couple more points than Andy and he plays for 17-8 Indiana. Chandler also has the points edge on Varejao and plays for the Knicks.

So much of what Varejao brings night in and night out are immeasurable. His energy, hustle and heart not to mention his defensive skill set make him “invaluable” as Austin Carr would say. Those characteristics, along with his great attitude make me wish we could somehow vote him onto the All-Star team if for nothing else than a reward. But it is highly unlikely to happen this year for Varejao.  [Read more...]