There is no measurement for sentimental value...but every man (or in this case, team) has his price. Everyone who has followed the Cleveland Cavaliers for a long period of time has noticed Anderson Varejao's hustle. It is his hustle that has made him a fan favorite during his time here in Cleveland...but...
Derrick Williams was the number 2 pick in the 2011 draft. Many experts describe it as a weak draft but one that had two possible superstars: Derrick Williams and Tristan Thompson...okay just kidding, Kyrie Irving was the other star instead of Tristan Thompson.
Potential counts for so much in today's NBA. Let's look at some numbers:
Derrick Williams 2011-12 statistics: 66 GP, 21.5 MPG, 8.8 PPG, 4.7 RPG, .5 BPG, and .412 FG%. When adjusted for 36 MPG: 66GP 14.7 PPG, 7.8 RPG, and .8 BPG.
Anderson Varejao 2011-12 statistics: 25 GP, 31.4 MPG, 10.8 PPG, 11.5 RPG, .7 BPG, and .514 FG% When adjusted for 36 MPG: 25 GP 12.4 PPG, 13.2 RPG, and .8 BPG.
These numbers say a lot. Anderson Varejao, while being a much better rebounder, is less offensively-skilled than Williams. These numbers also don't tell the whole story. They say nothing about the impact defensively either of these players have had. Varejao is by far, in my opinion, the superior defender. But the last issue that needs brought up is age...
Anderson Varejao will be 30 years old in September. Derrick Williams won't even turn 22 until May. By the time the Cavaliers are ready to compete, Varejao will be on a decline. Also, who knows how injuries will affect him. If the Cavaliers were to make this trade, it would lead to a potential lineup of: PG Kyrie Irving, SG Dion Waiters, SF Derrick Williams, PF Tristan Thompson, C Tyler Zeller, 6th Man Alonzo Gee, 7th man Kirk Ridnour, and 8th man Samardo Samuels. I for one, believe that in 3 years, this team would be competing for an NBA championship.
I know that Derrick Williams is not a natural SF or PF. Many experts see this as a negative but I believe it could end up working in the Cavaliers favor. As the USA Olympic team has shown us, versatility helps win games. Let's also not forget the many first round picks the Cavaliers still have in the next 3 years also. These players could be packaged together for a better player or used to fill out our remaining bench spots.
Dion Waiters was selected number four in the 2012 draft. He is projected as a scorer. Maybe having another scorer at SF would help him to develop. I think one of Dion's biggest problems is when he tries to do too much. Having another scoring option would help both Dion and Kyrie develop. When a player tries to do everyone elses job, he ends up doing no one's job.
Cut and Dry, the Cavaliers should make this trade if it is offered to them. The Front Office needs to. They need to put aside the sentimental value of Anderson Varejao and realize that Derrick Williams could be the piece that puts the Cavs over the top. In two atrocious years of basketball in Cleveland, the Front Office will have assembled a team worth going to see day in and day out.