5 NBA Playoff Teams That Could Use Anderson Varejao

By: 11.16.12

Anderson Varejao

Yes, they’re still deciding what to do with Josh Smith‘s expiring contract this summer, and they’re a little guard heavy with Devin Harris, Lou Williams and Jeff Teague sharing point guard duties, but a frontcourt of Al Horford and Anderson Varejao is intriguing. Also, Atlanta, despite their frontcourt of Smith and Horford, is right below Dallas in defensive rebounding rate, and they’re scoring is in the lower third of the league as well. Varejao’s ability to board on defense will mean more chances on offense, and his vision and passing will help facilitate more open looks for the likes of Korver/Teague/Williams on the perimeter. Varejao has assisted on the most Cavaliers shots from 15-23 feet, so you can be sure Atlanta’s shooters could use his ingenuity on offense. How they play Josh Smith’s impending free agency (or a possible deal for Pau Gasol in L.A.) goes a long way towards making this more or less feasible, but they could certainly use him in the rotation as they look to again make the playoffs as a No. 4 or 5 seed.

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