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Cleveland Cavaliers' Anderson Varejao
Andrew Bynum, without question, could certainly emerge as the Cleveland Cavaliers' best big man in 2013-14. But Bynum will not enter the season as the only big the Cavs are currently bullish on.
After playing only 25 games last year, Anderson Varejao is expected to make a healthy return for Cleveland as well. If he is able to average anywhere near the 14.1 points and 14.4 rebounds he did before suffering a season-ending blood clot, Varjeao could play himself into the fringe All-Star discussion.
In addition to the veteran Varejao, the Cavaliers will also be welcoming the No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett into their frontcourt. While Bennett could eventually find a role as a hybrid small forward, he could also spend significant time at the power forward position.
Tristan Thompson, who continued to improve throughout his second NBA season while averaging 11.7 points and 9.4 rebounds, is also capable of spending time at both the 4 and 5 spots. To a lesser extent, second-year pro Tyler Zeller is too.
This combination of bigs will help Bynum ease his way into the rotation. It will also put him in a position to offer his best effort during 20-25 minute spurts while the Cavs remain competitive inside as he rests on a nightly basis.