Cleveland, OH, United States (4E Sports) – Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Byron Scott believes hustling center Anderson Varejao should be a lock as an Eastern Conference All-Star selection this season, the Cavs bench tactician said Friday.
Scott thinks Varejao is playing All-Star level basketball after averaging an NBA best 14.8 rebounds over the Cavs’ first 25 games. However, the Varejao is only in 12th place among Eastern Conference frontcourt after the first round of All-Star voting return.
Scott added the only chance for his ward to become an All-Star lie with the coaches, who can name reserves for the Midseason classic.
“I think coaches in the Eastern Conference, especially the teams we’ve played against, know how well he’s played and how well he’s doing,” Scott told the Cleveland Plain Dealer Friday.
Varejao, who also leads offensive rebounds per game (5.8) and defensive rebounds per game (9.0), is sixth in voting among centers in the Eastern Conference.
Meanwhile, the Cavaliers suffered their seventh loss in 8 games this December after bowing out to the Milwaukee Bucks, 90-86, Friday night at Quicken Loans Arena.
Monta Ellis dropped 33 points while Brandon Jennings added 16 to prolong the Cavs’ misery. Varejao grabbed 18 boards while Kyrie Irving contributed 26 points in a loss.