Anderson Varejao
Power Forward (Rank: #14) | 6-10, 230
Spain
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Summary: Notes: A native of Brazil. Varejao has entered the past two drafts, but has withdrawn his name at the last minute. The Spurs wanted Varejao in 2002, but he felt that he could go much higher in the draft if he returned to Europe and tried again in 2003. At one point in 2003, he was considered a potential lottery pick. A lack luster effort in the Euroleague Final 4 and a huge buy out with Barcelona killed his stock last year. Had a great game versus the Team USA in the Olympic qualifying tournament scoring 16 points and dunking on Jermaine O'Neal. Averaged 13 ppg for the tournament.

Upside: A very active, energetic forward who runs the floor, crashes the glass, dives for loose balls and is really all over the court. He's a good athlete, though not a great leaper. His offense is still pretty raw. Has developed a nice jumper over the last 18 months and has shown some three point range. A pretty good defender.

Downside: He doesn't appear to be the type of guy who could ever average more than 10 ppg in the pros. He just doesn't have enough go to moves to score consistently in the league. Scouts are baffled over why he isn't a better rebounder or shot blocker considering his length and activity on the floor.

Insider Projection: At this point, Varejao is a little under rated. Some scouts still swear that he's one of the better international prospects in the draft. Others think that he'll never develop into anything more than a role player at best. Right now the consensus is that he's a late first rounder. The Spurs love him so it's hard to see him slipping past No. 28. His workouts have gone great meaning he could go higher.

 

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