Anderson Varejão is a Brazilian professional basketball player who last played for Flamengo of the Novo Basquete Brasil (NBB). A 13-year veteran of the National Basketball Association (NBA), he spent 12 seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers before being acquired by the Golden State Warriors in 2016. Varejão is also a regular member of the Brazilian national team, winning a gold medal in 2003 at the Pan American Games.
From 1998 to 2002, Varejão played for Franca Basquetebol Clube in the city of Franca, São Paulo. After averaging 17.7 points, 9.7 rebounds and 3 blocks per game in the first half of the 2001–02 season with them. Further, he signed with FC Barcelona Bàsquet of the Liga ACB in January 2002. In nine EuroLeague games, he averaged 4.7 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.1 blocks per game. In two regular season Liga ACB games, he averaged 4.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1.0 steals per game.
National team career
Varejão has been a regular member of the senior Brazilian national team since 2001. And winning a gold medal in 2003 at the Pan American Games and competing in every world cup between 2002 and 2019. Likewise, on August 23, 2006, Varejão committed a controversial foul during a preliminary game. The game was of the 2006 FIBA World Championship against Greece, elbowing Greek point guard Nikos Zisis in the face.
Varejão earned the nickname “Wild Thing” because of his wild hair and energetic and relentless style of play. He has been criticized for flopping when trying to draw a charge: Ian Thomsen, a Sports Illustrated columnist, grouped him with fellow foreign players Vlade Divac and Manu Ginóbili as the players who “made [flopping] famous”, exaggerating contact on the court the way players dive in association football games. Long-time Cavaliers teammate LeBron James defended him, stating “He’s taking physical charges.”
He has an older brother, Sandro Varejão, who also was a professional basketball player.
- Full Name: Anderson França Varejão
- Date of Birth: September 28, 1982
- Age: 37
- Birth Place: Colatina, Brazil
- Nationality: Brazilian
- Listed height: 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
- Listed weight: 273 lb (124 kg)
- NBA draft: 2004 / Round: 2 / Pick: 30th overall
- Selected by: the Orlando Magic
- Playing career: 1998–present
- Position: Center / Power forward
- Current team: Brazil national basketball team (#11)
- Salary: 1.552 million USD (2016)
- Spouse: Stacy Varejão (m since 2019), Marcelle Silva (m 2013–2016)
- Net Worth: $48 million
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