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Gilbert Arenas Gets $127 Million—Is He Worth It?

Brandon SheehyAnalyst IJuly 1, 2008

Gilbert Arenas was just offered a deal worth $127 million over six years, but is he worth it?

For starters, of the seven years that he has been a player in this league, he has only played one full season. He played just 13 games last season due to bad knees and surgery.

Andre Miller, by comparison, has been in the NBA for nine seasons, and has played at least 80 games in every one of them.

Secondly, Arenas is a point guard. Despite the name, the point guard's job is not to score a lot of points. It is to make your teammates better! And he doesn't do that. 

In the 2006-2007 season he averaged 28.4 points a game. That's pretty good, right? Wrong. He is a point guard. He should be passing, but averaged only six assists per game. That is not what a point guard is supposed to do.

Meanwhile, Andre Miller averaged 9.1 assists per game, and he isn't even a great player. He is not getting paid $127 million for that. (I already had Andre Miller's stats pulled up, so what the heck?)

Thirdly, Arenas is very turnover prone. He averaged 3.8 turnovers a game in the 07-08 season, and in the 06-07 season he averaged 3.2.

So, I ask you America...is Gilbert Arenas worth $127 million? I don't think so.

He is getting paid more per year than Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Dirk Nowitzki, Steve Nash, Jason Kidd, way more than Deron Williams, Chris Paul, and, oh yeah, Andre Miller.

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