- Draft Class: 2004
- Country: Brazil
- Prep Team: F.C. Barcelona (Spain)
- Birthdate: September 28, 1982 (Santa Teresa, Brazil)
Selected by the Orlando Magic in the second round (30th overall pick) of the 2004 NBA Draft.
Acquired in a trade along with Drew Gooden and Steven Hunter on July 23, 2004 from the Orlando Magic in exchange for Tony Battie and two future second round picks.
Played in 25 games (all starts)...averaged 14.1 points on .478 shooting, 14.4 rebounds (5.5 offensive), 3.4 assists and 1.5 steals in 36.0 minutes per game...set career highs in points per game, rebounds per game, assists per game, steals per game and double-doubles (16) at the time of his injury on Dec. 18...prior to his injury, he led all qualifying NBA players in rebounds per game, offensive rebounds per game (5.5) and defensive rebounds per game (8.9) and was tied for second in double-doubles...recorded a double-double in a career-high 10 straight games from Nov. 18 – Dec. 5, becoming the third player in Cavs history to post 10 straight double-doubles in a single season, joining Kenny Carr (10 straight in 1980-81) and Elmore Smith (11 straight in 1977-78)... recorded 15 games of 15 rebounds-or-more and two games of at least 20 rebounds-or-more...scored at least 10 points and grabbed 15 or more rebounds, including five or more off the offensive glass, in 10 straight games from Nov. 18 – Dec. 5...the only other NBA player to score 10 points and grab at least 15 rebounds with five offensive boards in 10 straight games (since the league began recording offensive rebounds in the 1973-74 season) was Moses Malone, who had a 12-game streak for the 1978-79 Rockets (Elias)...became the first Cavs player in franchise history to have 10 straight games of at least 15 rebounds (Nov. 18 – Dec. 5) and the first NBA player to do so since Kevin Love (10 games in November/December 2010)...in an Opening Night win over Washington on Oct. 30, recorded nine points, a career-high 23 rebounds (12 offensive) and nine assists to become the second player in NBA history to tally those numbers in a team’s first game (Wilt Chamberlain on Oct. 18, 1967) and first player to put up those numbers in any regular season game since March 20, 1987 (Charles Barkley)...scored a career-high 35 points on 16-21 (.762) shooting and added 18 rebounds, three assists and two steals in 37 minutes, becoming the first player to tally at least 35 points, 18 rebounds and shoot .750 from the field since Shaquille O’Neal on March 21, 2003 (48 points, 20 rebounds, .792 FG%)...posted 15 points on 7-11 (.636) shooting, 22 rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block in 37 minutes at Memphis on Nov. 26...had back-to-back games with 20 points, 18 rebounds and three assists on Nov. 27 versus Phoenix and Nov. 30 at Atlanta...finished the month of November with 204 rebounds in 14 games, the second-most rebounds in a calendar month for any player in Cavaliers history...only Rick Roberson posted a higher rebound total over a calendar month, taking down 205 rebounds through 16 games in December 1971...led the team in scoring four times, rebounds 23 times, assists four times, steals nine times and blocks eight times...scored 10-19 points 12 times, 20-29 five times and 30 or more points once...missed game on Nov. 7 with a sore right knee...missed games from Dec. 19-April 17 with a vastus medialis split/surgery...was placed on the Inactive List 57 times for the year.
Named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team during the 2009-10 season...also finished third in voting for NBA Sixth Man of the Year and received 18 votes for Defensive Player of the Year in 2009-10.
Is a member of the Brazilian National Team and a former member of Brazil’s Junior National Team...led Brazil to first-place finish at 2009 FIBA Americas Championship...played for Brazil during the 2010 World Championships, 2006 World Championships, the 2002 World Championships and the 2001 Goodwill Games...is the younger brother of Sandro Varejao, who played basketball in the Big East Conference at West Virginia.