Anderson França Varejão (born on September 28, 1982) is a Brazilian professional basketball power forward and center with the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He won the gold medal with Brazil at the 2003 Pan American Games.
He played for Franca Basquetebol Clube in the city of Franca, São Paulo State. Franca is most known as the "Brazilian Basketball's capital", one of the most traditional Brazilian basketball teams. His skills improved, and he was signed by FC Barcelona Bàsquet, Spain.
Varejão appeared in two regular season Liga ACB games for FC Barcelona Bàsquet and scored four total points. He also played in nine Euroleague games for FC Barcelona. Varejão appeared in four regular season Liga ACB games for FC Barcelona Bàsquet. While Varejão did not play in the Liga ACB playoffs that year, FC Barcelona won the Liga ACB championship.
Varejão also played in 22 Euroleague games (starting in one), helping FC Barcelona to their first ever Euroleague Championship. He later scored one point in the Euroleague Championship Game against Benetton Treviso.
Varejão appeared in 27 regular season Liga ACB games for FC Barcelona. He once again did not play in the playoffs that year, but FC Barcelona won its second straight Liga ACB championship. Varejão also played in 18 Euroleague games for FC Barcelona.
Varejão was selected by the Orlando Magic in the second round of the 2004 NBA Draft, 30th overall. On July 23, 2004, the Magic traded him along with Drew Gooden and Steven Hunter to the Cleveland Cavaliers, in exchange for Tony Battie and two future second-round picks.
Varejão has since then played against major basketball teams such as the Chicago Bulls, New Orleans Hornets and Charlotte Bobcats, averaging a high number of points per match. He has been nicknamed Wild Thing because of his flamboyant style of playing and his hairstyle, being sometimes criticized for “flopping” – enacting a foul in order to gain advantage during matches.
Besides the Cavaliers, Varejão also plays for the Brazilian national football team, acting as center and power forward.