Washington Need a Wall: Wizards Should Use No. 1 Pick Wisely

May 19th, 2010 by Tim Jackson Leave a reply »

At age 28, he is in his prime years. Over the past several seasons, he has been considered to be one of the premier point guards in the NBA. In 2008, he signed a six-year, $111 million contract.

In short, on the surface, Gilbert Arenas is the face of the Washington Wizards franchise, and he is just about everything they could want.

With the Wizards securing the top overall selection in 2010 NBA Draft on Tuesday night, their situation with Arenas set to return from his suspension would seemingly place the team’s pick in question.

But it shouldn’t.

Yes, Arenas is a very good point guard who is a proficient scorer, can create his own shot, and get to the rim in a variety of fashions. But the reality is that, as his recent run-in with the law proves, he’s not the guy you want to be the face of your franchise.

Following a three-year stretch from 2004 to 2007 where he averaged 25-plus points per game, Arenas became plagued by injuries, and he made a mere 15 appearances in two seasons (starting 10 of them). His averages plunged, and it looked like the huge deal he signed in 2008 could potentially b ...

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