Five good players in bad situations

Anderson Varejao, J.J. Redick among players who deserve better teams

Updated: December 15, 2012, 11:36 PM ET
By Tom Haberstroh | ESPN Insider
Anderson VarejaoJoe Murphy/NBAE/Getty ImagesAnderson Varejao is pulling down a league-high 14.9 boards per game for the 5-20 Cavs.

Earlier this week, Insider's David Thorpe examined Brooklyn Nets forward Andray Blatche, a player who needed to be extricated from losing environments to revitalize his career. Now surrounded with star-caliber talent and a cohesive locker room in the Big Apple, Blatche finally has been able to find productivity and positive progression for his career.

Blatche demonstrates the power of a change in scenery, but struggling players aren't the only ones who should benefit from a switch in locale. Which players have earned a change of scenery and deserve the chance at playing in a winning environment?

As opposed to Blatche, a bad player who found his greatness in good surroundings, here are five good players in bad situations who deserve to play for better teams:

Anderson Varejao, Cleveland Cavaliers

If rebounds signify effort, it's hard to imagine anyone having more effort go to waste than Varejao this season. The tireless Cavs center has pulled down a league-leading, career-high 14.9 rebounds per game, but the Cavaliers have only five wins in 25 games to show for it. In fact, Varejao has tallied at least 20 points and 17 rebounds in four games this season, and the Cavs have lost all but one of those monster Varejao performances.