- NBA What If? -
In my new series I will recap some of the historic players/teams that could've been much more, going over what made them great and the reasons why they couldn't live up to the potential.
Starting off the series will be Gilbert Arenas. The Hibachi started his career with Golden State, but it was with the Washington Wizards that he reached All-Star level. He was a scoring point guard, in a time when there weren't many, and had a wide array of offensive weapons: good handles, outside shot (midrange and 3) plus the ability and speed to slash, finish at the rim and draw fouls. Playing for the Wizards he averaged 25 points, 5.7 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 1.8 steals and was selected to 3 All-Star games.
Unfortunately, Arenas and his Wizards kept facing Lebron and the Cavs in the playoffs, so they never got far in the postseason. His prime was also very short, partly due to injuries, and there were also some off court controversies. Agent 0 would end up spending some time in Orlando and Memphis, without much success, until he retired from the NBA at the early age of 30.
Despite that he was an explosive scorer during his short prime, and highlights of his are a joy to watch. The best example was a 60 point game against the Lakers in 2006. Arenas was scoring on Kobe at will and fully showcasing his offensive versatility. He also has the sickest nicknames (Agent 0, Hibachi) and the GOAT Instagram. Seriously, check it out.