In this episode of Stay or Go, we take a look at Jarvis Varnado, the shot blocking maniac.
But, is there more to him?
The Sixers have been spending a great deal of the second half of the season handing out 10-day contracts. . So, that’s how Varnado started out on the Sixers. The Sixers liked what they saw and kept him on for the rest of the season and next season.
He’s played 19 games with the Sixers . In these 19 games, he’s averaged 3.9 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks. He’s shooting 58 percent from the floor.
My grade for his performance is a solid C. I’ve always been a guy that thinks that just because you are a good shot blocker, does not mean you are a good defender. And so, Varnado is virtually a one dimension player. He blocks well, but quite a few of these blocks are from him helping out, vs blocking his own man. His team defense is good, but his man on man defense could use work.
Stay or Go?
Varnado and his shot blocking can be a valuable asset to any team. He’s only in his second year in the league, although he is 26 years old. I’m thinking about potential here, but I wouldn’t mind having Varnado stick around.
Alright, let’s compare Varnado to somebody…somebody known to be a really good player in his prime…and I need you all to just bare with me. I’m not saying he will be that good, but he could grow into that type of player.
Varnado reminds me of Ben Wallace in some ways.. Here’s a guy who clearly knocks shots out of the sky. Varnado is also a decent rebounder as he grabs 11.3 percent of rebounds when he’s on the floor. Really not bad. Not great, but not bad. Consider this: In Ben Wallace’s second year in the league, he averaged 3.1 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks — similar to Varnado’s numbers. Again, not saying Varnado is on his way, but it’s something to look at. Wallace also grabbed 16.4 percent of rebounds.
The Sixers should hold onto Varnado and see if he can be at least a poor man’s Ben Wallace. Wallace was a key guy for an interesting…starless Pistons team that won a championship.
Do you think Jarvis Varnado should stay or go?