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Top 50: Gilbert Arenas, no. 49

The definitive ranking of the NBA’s best players.

by Adam Figman | @afigman

When a buddy of mine selected Gilbert Arenas in our fantasy draft last October, he announced: “Either I’m screwed, or I’ll win the championship.” With one effortless statement, he touched upon everything: the injury history, the superstar potential, the absurd character traits. All of it.

I’ll let you guys guess how that worked out.

Gilby’s ’09-10 started out a little slow. Around Christmastime, he was putting up 23 points a game while averaging 7 dimes and 4 boards per contest. Not a breakout, career-to-the-nexGilbert Arenast-level type of year, but neither my friend nor Wizards fans were complaining. It was still relatively early in the season. Or so they thought.

You know the rest: Arenas and teammate Javaris Crittenton get into an argument about a gambling debt on the team plane. Arenas brings multiple guns into the locker room, leaving them in front of Crittenton’s locker as part of a failed, and frankly, dumb, practical joke. The New York Post reports the incident, which leads to both an NBA and a legal investigation. Amidst swirling rumors, Arenas and his teammates make a pre-game joke out of the whole thing, leading to this picture. (If pictures tend to say a thousand words, that one says a few million.) Arenas is suspended indefinitely, then convicted of gun possession, then spends 30 days in a halfway house. In an effort to rebuild and re-brand, the Wizards: traded both Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison for youth and cap space; finished the season with the League’s fifth-worst record; struck Lottery gold and were given the first pick of the 2010 NBA Draft; selected University of Kentucky sensation John Wall; took advantage of cap-clearing fires sales and traded for role players Kirk Hinrich and Yi Jianlian on the cheap.

And here we are.

As an audience, we’ve never really understood how to categorize Gilbert Arenas. He has (a younger) Allen Iverson’s take-over ability, but (seemingly) without the fire that pushed AI forward year after year. He has the point/shooting guard duality—a result both of his body’s dimensions (6-4, 215) and his ability to score and dish—that tends to confuse us; we prefer to box in our guards as 1s or 2s or Dwyane Wades. And of course, he has that personality: He’s weird and funny and quirky and annoying and awesome and, just, strange—all at the same damn time. There’s none of Dwight Howard’s genuine friendliness, Kobe’s attitude, or DWade’s sense of humor; he’s just Gilbert. That can be tough to grasp.

But forget about all that for a second. Let’s look at the three-time All-Star’s stats, because numbers don’t lie, or something like that. The dude can flat-out score: 22.7 ppg for his career, with 29.3 and 28.4 averages in ’05-06 and ’06-07. (Other notable figures: a 60-point game in 2006, three career 50+-point games, and 20-freaking-6 40-plus point games.) He’s dished 5.6 dimes a game over his nine seasons, and while ball-hogging tendencies have always been the knock against him, Arenas was in the process of responding last year with a solid 7.2 apg before his “incident.” He’s no slouch on defense, either, tallying 1.3 steals a game while often facing up against smaller, quicker and nimbler guys.

And then there’s that range. The former Agent Zero dropped 200-plus threes twice (and hit 199 once), and has practically patented the 30-foot pull-up, a ridiculously ill-advised shot that forces coaches’ hands over their eyes—until it falls in, touching nary an inch of rim. (FreeDarko’s Macrophenomenal Pro Basketball Almanac notes that Gil shoots a higher percentage 28-38 feet from the hoop than he does 23-24 and 25-27 feet from it. I know. I don’t get it either)

Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to witness a complete season of this goodness in a while. A knee injury kept him out of all but 13 games in’07-08, and the next campaign was no better; he played just two games in ’08-09 after receiving a $111 million contract the previous offseason.

The Wizards have swayed between a Lottery team and a one-or-two-and-done playoff team the past decade, and yeah, it might be a reflection of their talent. Management put Gil alongside Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison—two top-of-the-line role players, but guys who’d be better off as the third or fourth best members of a good team—and never gave him a suitable running-mate.

Now with John Wall the future and Gilbert Arenas the past, a question mark defines what’s ahead for Agent Zero in Washington. Can he play alongside the rookie? If there’s anything we’ve learned about the development of young point guards, it’s that they need the ball in their hands to learn the pro game. But slide Gil over to the two, make it clear that he’s taking a backseat and that the team is Wall’s, and maybe he’ll be more useful than ever. He can play off the ball, get buckets at will, and let the point worry about distribution. It could be the role he always needed, but was never afforded.

Regardless, it seems safe to say he’s turning over a new leaf. Since his halfway house release, we’ve barely heard a peep from the man, other than reports that he’s been working out and preparing for the season. (Don’t forget, this is the guy whose blog once captivated the Internet and who took over Twitter before Kanye West and 50 Cent made it all trendy.) Even the story I just to linked to is without an official comment from Arenas, who’s been tight-lipped. Given its provider, this silence is straight up uncomfortable.

And so, we wait and see. Maybe he plays alongside the top draft pick and the two make magic together, maybe his talents have passed him by, or maybe he’s shipped out of town before the trade deadline hits. It’s almost unfathomable that he’ll sit idly by, out of the limelight, while the spotlight shines brighter on other teams in his conference and other players on his own squad. For the time being, though, he sits rightfully at No. 49, where in a moment’s notice he could shoot up the Top 50 or fall swiftly from it. We simply have no idea what this season holds for Gilbert Arenas.

It feels kind of familiar.

SLAMonline TOP 50 PLAYERS OVERALL RANK POSITION RANK
Player Team Position 2010 2009 2010 2009
Ray Allen Celtics SG 50 36 11 10
Gilbert Arenas Wizards SG 49 34 10 9

Notes
• Rankings are based solely on projected ’10-11 performance.
• Contributors to this list include: Jeremy Bauman, Maurice Bobb, Erildas Budraitis, Sean Ceglinsky, Ben Collins, Bryan Crawford, Sandy Dover, Adam Figman, Manny Maduakolam, Eddie Maisonet, Ryne Nelson, Doobie Okon, Ben Osborne, Charles Peach, Branden Peters, Quinn Peterson, David Schnur, Todd Spehr, Kyle Stack, Adam Sweeney, Dennis Tarwood, Tracy Weissenberg, Lang Whitaker, Eric Woodyard, and Nima Zarrabi.
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  • don

    yey. Gilbert, i’m still a fan… btw, what shoes are you going to wear this season?

  • don

    wowwww.., early at office, 1st to post!

  • Karl

    Ok. Now to guess who will be 48. Mine is Aaron Brooks.

  • clockwork

    Good write up an good spot for him. Really hope that he can get his act together and get along with Wall.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Wow, this was an excellent read. Lots of declarations supported by stats/sources and tongue-in-cheek moments. Thanks, Adam.

  • EJ

    TOO LOW, Gil is much better than 49, but with your criterion it might be right.

  • JTaylor21

    Gil is STILL one of the best scorers in the league when healthy. The only problem is that he’s going to be playing with a dude who has to have the ball in his hands at all-times and so does Gil. It will be interesting to see how it works out in DC.

  • http://Www.dimemag.com Royal

    I don’t think he needs the ball in his hands at all times to succeed. I actually believe that him playing off-ball will help his game. I think he scores 24-26 pts with a percentage over 45 and with less turnovers than he’s had in previous seasons. I think Gil will be surprisingly efficient this year.

  • http://stapledesign.com Spaceship Jay

    Interesting indeed. I would have bet money that the Wizards would have moved him by now. Love watching a healthy Gil play. I think 49 is a fair assessment, given that there are around 350 to 400 players in the league.

  • ClydeSays

    I hope Gil can get back to health, but his prime has passed. He’s had so many injuries the chances of him getting re-injured are probably very high until he’s 100% back into playing shape. If his coaches are smart they’ll watch his minutes for the entire ’10-11 season. The dude makes too much $$$ to sit out with another long term injury…

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    Gilbert would still be Wiz’ top scorer imo.. Maybe 21-23ppg, because i don’t see Wall to be higher than 21 ppg this year.. Also, i didnt hear anything from Gil at all this summer hopefully that’s a good sign. If he’s defense jumped to another level, he’s gonna be fine at the two, just like a Wade type.. And I don’t see Gilbert being traded this deadline, or the next. With the upcoming CBA? No way..

  • dsleepy

    this article made my heart ache for what my wiz used to be and where gil might’ve led us 4 yrs ago if not for injuries. that being said I’m pretty sure we’ve seen the last of arenas domination, tho I agree he can be a great contributor with a little bit of freedom. One thing you didn’t mention about his numbers last year, his turnovers per game were ghastly at nearly 4 per game. And I watched some where he must’ve gotten at least 6 or 7.

  • http://www.twitter.com/HurstySYD Hursty

    I just wanna say I liked this piece alot.
    If Gilbert is healthy though, he won’t be the 49th best player in the NBA this year though. He’ll be top 20. Easy.

  • http://myspace.com/emarosa Bryan

    playing the 2 full time might make his scoring explode.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    Arenas and John Wall will be a DOPE team this year. Think Derrick Rose and Ben Gordon.

  • The Lord of Nsam (formerly known as Fresh Prince)

    Good piece Adam!

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    Great piece, Adam. Like Hursty says, it was a great read. And I agree, Gil can be a great weapon for the Wiz at the 2.

  • mister8

    FreeDarko’s Macrophenomenal Pro Basketball Almanac is a really really good read, i can recommend it to everyone.

  • TrailBlazing&SportingLisbon

    heh, seems right, good read

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Great write up. I just want someone to look at Gilberts advanced stats. I have no problem with his place on this list, BUT to say he is a top 20 player when healthy is a little ballsy, maybe crazy. Last season, by a few measures Gilbert Arenas came out to be the worst defensive guard in the NBA. Every year this comes out, but the top 50 list is ranking the best basketball players not the best offensive basketball players.

  • http://thephotoriot.com davidR

    great read. very interesting rank. yesterday when i thought of who the other 10 SG’s ahead of ray were, i initially put arenas down but wasn’t sure what position you guys would put him. now, who are the other 9 SGs ahead of rayray and arenas?
    (in no particular order)
    - kobe
    - wade
    - roy
    - joe johnson
    - stephen jackson
    - mayo
    - ginobli
    - monta
    - eric gordon?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Kobe, Wade, Joe, Roy, Monta, Manu, Jax, and (IMO) John Salmons

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    ^ That’s why I love the position rankings this season!

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Actually Scratch that John Salmons, I assume its Tyreke Evans.

  • TrailBlazing&SportingLisbon

    cosign nbk…”no slouch on defense”?! hes a big slouch dude, probably cause of his injuries but theres not a lot of guards playin as bad a D as Zero…he also turned the ball over A LOT to dish those 7 dimes, and shot .41% to score 23 pts..though I really hope he gets his mojo back!

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    Good write up! The mystery about Gilbert is that he had apparently “turned over a new leaf” to begin LAST season, what with his “I’m not doing any more amusing things” thing to start the season. We’ll really never ever know about Gilbert, but I hope he gets it right this year.

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    @nbk, Davidr: Arguably… what about Kevin Martin? JRich? Tyreke?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    If JRich gets put on this list I will have no respect for anyone that voted, he is just absolutely useless on defense Want evidence? Watch him guard Ron Artest and give up the most important offensive rebound/basket of the season for phoenix. I was thinking about Kevin Martin too though, He missed a good chunk of last season and wasn’t the same when he came back so I think that’s what keeps him off this list. Tyreke and Salmons (IMO) are a wash. Tyreke will surely be better in the long run, but right now he shoots a lot the 5APG he averages are a product of his ability to get past the initial defender more then it is proof of his court vision. Plus Salmons was a monster last season vaulting Milwuakee from 9th to 5th in the East in his 2 months with a jersey. and now with maggette, the Bucks might lead the league in perimeter players points in the paint and Free Throw Attempts (Likely Makes too). Which will make Salmons that much more dangerous.

  • http://www.redraidersports.com Nicolas Fleming

    I bet 48 is Lamar Odom

  • arjae828

    he has YOUNG AI’s take over ability and he’s 49?! most asinine basketball commentary I’ve ever read on this site.

  • b

    Well if he does put it together he will be a beast…

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Young AI didn’t go through 3 Knee Surgeries in 2 years. Young AI averaged around 30 not 23. Young AI was a SG who occassionally played PG, Gilbert is a (slow) PG who is being relegated to SG by a Rookie. Those are some pretty f’n huge differences – the only similarity – They are both atrocious one on one defenders

  • arjae828

    are you serious with the 2 guards you’re putting ahead of him?!
    john salmons?! if he’s sucha star why’s he shipped around the league like karrine steffans?!

    monte ellis? he’s not even the best player on his team!

    eric gordon?! in the illustrious words of marc jackson, “you’re better than that”

    joe johnson?! did anyone watch the playoffs last year? i’d be less stupefied if you put jamal crawford on the list. gil’s never disappeared w/ the game on the line.

    kevin martin? he avg 30 once on a bad team. not sayin he doesn’t have potential but better than gil?!

    half the 2 guards listed here are bad defenders. you tellin’ me you’re in game seven of the finals & kobe or dwade has the ball, you’re down 1 and need a stop…you want ray allen or kevin martin on defense?! gth outta here.

    past his prime?! he was top 10 in the league in scoring last year ! in what everybody’s calling a bad year for him ! and the high turnover rate was due to him trying to improve on being a pure point. note his assist totals last year and you’ll understand. flip tried to turn him into chauncey. that’s not gil’s game.

  • arjae828

    by all account gil played best in a shared system. 2 or 3 guards in the line up. did it in golden state. did it w/ l. hughes, antonio daniels, earl boykins and the rest in washington. he’s not a true point. he’s a baller. would u consider derrick fisher a point guard?! no. but his size dictates he is.and a.i. came into the league at point (same position he played in high school and at Georgetown U) but it became apparent that he wasn’t cut out for the distribution it required. similiar thing w/ gil. he’s strong for a 1 but he’s not big by 2 guard standards.don’t want your star defender draining his body on players twice his size. you say being relegated by a rookie as if it’s not the number 1 pick of the draft. he’s not being tossed aside for george hill so chill w/ the hyperbole. and lets say he continued last season w/ the 23 & 9 assist. I have a hard time believing they draft a point w/ 1 overall. they wouldn’t have been in the position to get a lottery pick at all w/ Gil in the line up.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    look man, when someone who is averaging 23 points a game is giving up 25 then you have a problem. Gilbert is 2 years removed from being the player you remember. This is not about career accomplishments, this is about how good they will be THIS season. John Salmons helped Milwaukee get a 5 seed while being a decent/above average defender and averaging 20 a game while being one of the most efficient 4th quarter guys in the league. Gilbert might have been top 10 in the league in scoring, but as you say about Kevin Martin, he did it on one of the worst teams in the league. You can complain about whatever you want, you can hoot and holler but that doesn’t change the fact that Gilbert is coming off of a 2 year stretch where he watched his team play more then he actually played. And BTW you saying you would rather see Jamal Crawford over Joe Johnson speaks volumes – ignorance is bliss

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Gilbert being “relegated” to the 2 means he is losing his position before the season starts to a rookie. I never said Gilbert was bad, I said he isn’t who he used to be. 4 TO’s on 7APG while shooting 41% is pretty horrid actually. You can’t say things like “he was top 10 in the league in scoring last year ! in what everybody’s calling a bad year for him ! and the high turnover rate was due to him trying to improve on being a pure point. note his assist totals last year and you’ll understand” – His TO rate didn’t change much from his career average champ actually only a .5 difference and he had the second best assist season his career – to 2 years ago when he averaged 10 in 2 games. You can’t get worse overall without getting better at what your weakest at and expect to still be considered a top tier player. 49 is the perfect range for Agent Zero

  • arjae828

    giving up 25? pretty obscure stat reference. too bad it’s just a made up number. might have added credence to your argument. john salmons did they same thing when he joined chicago. then what happened? Ben Gordon got traded. They decided to rely on the production they had come to expect from salmons and then realized, “he is what we thought he was”. Can’t call the Wizards a bad team. they got off to a slow start but they were hardly timberwolves bad. Gil was suspended before they could jell and make any noise. you’re in love with what players SHOULD be. Joe Johnson SHOULD be better than Jamal CRAWFORD. Did you watch the playoffs last year? Who was the go-to-guy? Who was more consistent? Exactly. Wise insult to drive home a belabored and fundamentally flawed argument. There’s a word for that…cliche.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Gilbert averaged 22.6 gave up 20. He shot 41% his opponent shot around 50% – 82games.com
    Its not about the exact numbers, it about the FACT that by MOST ADVANCED STATISTICAL MEASURES USED BY NBA FRONT OFFICES – Gilbert Arenas was the worst defensive guard (who played over 20MPG) in the NBA. Defense wins championships – not scoring averages. OH and in the playoffs last year mr know it all – Joe Johnson averaged more points on a higher % shooting then Jamal Crawford. ignorance is still bliss

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    That’s why we think No. 49 is pretty fair, nbk.

  • mr. know it all

    “You can’t get worse overall without getting better at what your weakest at and expect to still be considered a top tier player. 49 is the perfect range for Agent Zero”…irreverent drivel and if the guys listed are top tier and he’s not then ignorance is your calling card, not mine.

    how bout you check nba.com. can’t extrapolate from the few games he played and assume he would’ve continued on that path the entire season. stats based on conjecture are inefficient. defense wins championships? agree 100%…team defense. magic johnson,kenny smith,jason williams, tony parker…wouldn’t call any of them great individual defenders…they’ve all got rings. don’t hold Gil solely accountable for the failures of the coach & the rest of the personnel. JJ did average more points, he got the ball more. He played more minutes. Check how many half court heaves Crawford threw to end quarters. How many times he had shots up against the shot clock…if you’re gunna dig, you should dig deep. another erroneous point. another cliche. another reason not to argue with fools.

  • mr. know it all

    none of the reasons you think it’s pretty fair are outlined in the article. in fact little reason at all is given and it’s even implied that he should probably be much higher…interesting.

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    @nbk: Good points. I do think Kevin Martin will make this list somewhere soon, if healthy and with a decent Rockets squad there’s great potential there. And honestly, if not for JRich’s giant scoring efforts this last playoffs I wouldnt’ve thought of him or mentioned him.

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    What’s pretty sad is that we’ve been hoping year after year now that Gil will revert to his 2005-2007 form. It however has been nearly half a decade since those glory years. Gil is only 28, but these seasons wasted to injury and, well, stupidity have been really unfortunate.

  • http://Slamonline.com Nbk

    Top Tier in the way I am using it means literally top tier. The upper echelon. The very best. Gilbert IMO would be on the next step down. And worst defensive player and below average defensive player are different very different. And if you were a “know it all” you wouldn’t try and attribute a below 40% shooting % in 11 games to half court heaves and shots against the clock. Call my actual facts “irrelevant” while all your doing is speculating. If what I’m saying wasn’t true then PROVE it wrong. Saying the sample size from last season isn’t big enough to talk about gilberts season last year? So you’ll rely on his states before he had knee surgery 3 times is the better option. Cliche is true again

  • http://Slamonline.com Nbk

    Cosign Joel – Kevin Martin might be a better compliment to Yao then McGrady was. (not a better competitive player but as a “side dish” to Yao as “main entree”)

  • mr.know it all

    so salmons is top tier?! ’nuff said. not arguing w/ fools.

    yeea it’s crazy but people don’t realize how young gil is. 28? same age as d-wade. and he doesn’t play nearly as reckless. besides, he’s a shooter. that’ll never leave. and good players tend to transcend age. hell, MJ was a serviceable 2 guard in his 40′s. Grant Hill’s still somewhat of a standout. I think Gil and Tmac will surprise some people, despite what all the cynics try to force on me.

  • http://Slamonline.com Nbk

    Never said that. He is a better overall player then arenas right now but no he is not top tier. Top tier would be Kobe, Wade, Roy w/ Manu as a fringe upper/2nd tier guy. Then the others I names starting with Joe as the next tier. Salmons Arenas and Ray Allen would make up the bottom of tier #2

  • http://Slamonline.com Nbk

    And everybody the 49th best player in the league is not a bad distinction idk WTFyour really complaining about. This implies at worst he is the 2nd best player on a team. There is 30 teams x 12 players = 360 players. He’s in the top 50 of a minimum of 360 people, that’s pretty f’n good

  • http://www.dontevenreply.com total scrotal implosion

    John wall will avg 17 ppg. Gil will avg 24-27ppg depending on how many blatche puts up. Wiz will make the playoffs and maybe second round.

  • Mitya

    um, fellas, isn’t Tyreke a pure point guard? I don’t even remember seeing him play any two, not that I watched a lot of Kings last season.
    And, oh yeah, great piece, Adam. And Gil did ruin my best friend’s fantasy season (and he also had Greg Oden on the team).

  • http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-berri/how-bad-will-the-washingt_b_716801.html nbk

    lol I just want to point out, that by the statistical measure, endorsed by a member of the Wizards front office, Ted Leonis, called wages of wins estimates the Wizards will be among the worst teams in the NBA and possibly one of the worst teams of all time. Just saying. (you can read an article about it by clicking my name)

  • http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-berri/how-bad-will-the-washingt_b_716801.html nbk

    Beno Udrih started the Majority of the season, Tyreke Evans played a Dwyane Wade-esque 2-guard all season

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    I don’t trust stats to tell the future, but that’s a nice argument.

  • http://thephotoriot.com davidR

    tyreke is a point, so i dont think he counts for SG

  • http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-berri/how-bad-will-the-washingt_b_716801.html nbk

    I don’t much like the idea of that either Ryne. I like it as a window more then anything else. And given that they will be starting JaVale McGee at Center I don’t think they have a shot at 35 wins let alone the playoffs.

  • ClydeSays

    Oof. That’s brutal: ” Gilbert averaged 22.6 gave up 20. He shot 41% his opponent shot around 50% – 82games.com”

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    nbk has a point – I think we should chill out sometimes when discussing these rankings. Being on this list means you’re at the top 10 at your position, more or less. There are 30 squads in the league, with at least 2 guys on each team at each position. So as long as your favourite player is even ON this list, it means he beat out the 60-90 or so other guys at his position in the league, it means he’s effectively top 10 percentile of his position of the best league in the world by a large margin. That’s pretty lofty company. No need to overreact and get cheesed off.

  • Bruno

    9 SG better than Gilbert??? no way … I still believe in Glibert

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    nbk has a point – I think we should chill out sometimes when discussing these rankings. Being on this list means you’re at the top 10 at your position, more or less. There are 30 squads in the league, with at least 2 guys on each team at each position. So as long as your favourite player is even ON this list, it means he beat out the 60-90 or so other guys at his position in the league, it means he’s effectively top 10 percentile of his position of the best league in the world by a large margin. That’s pretty lofty company. No real need to get cheesed off.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Since he really didn’t play last year, this is about right.

  • Wiz fan

    Good call dsleepy. As a post-Jordan wiz fan, Gil has been my hero for a long time (and still is). Reading this article just makes me sad thinking what could have been if Gil had been just 3 inches furher fom the basket when gerald Wallace came tumbling down on his career. But remember, for all the wasted years, he’s still only 28, the time when most players are entering their prime. Look at Kobe still doing it at 32. Keep the hope alive. I still think Gil can pick up where he left off in 06-07, the takeover, where he ended up on the cover of NBA live 08 as the next big thing in sports. With Wall runnng the point and Gil as OUR BEST PLAYER, maybe we can make a few runs over the next four years. Let’s go Wiz!

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  • http://hoopistani.blogspot.com hoopistani

    by the end of this season, we will be thinking of arenas as top 15. book it.

  • tinchek

    gilbert for carmelo? their salaries are practically the same, works on trade machine, and if melo wants out, denver could do a lot worse than gil…

  • http://www.google.com/news BETCATS

    Mr. #2 in your shoe!!

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Nice job on this write-up, Adam.

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  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Again, don’t be surprised if Yi starts over Blatche eventually.

  • http://www.threadsandkicks.com.au Eduardo

    Hope he breaks out again this seaons. It’s been a long time coming. Good player.

  • elvis Freshly

    Lmao @ some of you putting Salmons ahead of Ray ..smh I pity the fuc*in fool

  • tavoris

    This might be right for Gil, considering all the players on the team that need shots and touches (Wall, Gil, Howard, Thornton, Blatche, Young, and McGee). Of course he’s better than 30 of the players who are ranked higher than he. But if he has a typical Arenas season, then the Wiz will be vying for the #1 pick next year.

  • 76ers

    I used to lave watching him rip teams apart. So many deep threes, buzzer beaters, unbelievable dishes. Wizards are going to be fun to watch this season.

  • http://dsjkfl.com Jukai

    WTF GILBERT ARENAS OVER ALLEN IVERSON THIS IS BS SLAM!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • mubwar

    always be a fan of Agent Zero…who can forget the 60 he dropped in L.A. with plenty coming in the face of Kobe…

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  • Jay Reyes

    go back to being Agent Zero… that’s not you right now man…

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