Anderson Varejao has those pogo-stick legs, that shock of hair and that energy level that saps opponents' spirit. When basketball analysts talk about the Cavaliers' forward/center, they talk about his defensive versatility, his "flopping" on charges in the past, his light feet and his nose for the ball.

Few first mention Varejao's hands, which are among the surest among NBA big men today and are deserving of inclusion in the discussion of the best ever.

It is difficult for a man 6-10, who is all elbows and flying hair, to seem supple and comfortable with the ball, much less when he is in the open court. Although big men also have big hands, the ball is also larger than those used in other major sports. Also, big men have too many parts that have to move sizable distances in synchronization for most to make tough catches regularly.