Gilbert Jay Arenas, Jr. (born January 6, 1982) is an American professional basketball player.
Arenas attended Grant High School in the Valley Glen district of Los Angeles, California, and accepted a scholarship offer to the University of Arizona late in his junior year. He entered the 2001 NBA draft and was selected in the second round (31st pick) by the Golden State Warriors.
Arenas is a three-time NBA All-Star, three-time member of the All-NBA Teams, and was voted the NBA Most Improved Player in the 2002–03 season. Arenas was most often nicknamed “Agent Zero,” due to his former jersey number, but has increasingly been referred to as “Hibachi,” a nod to the small Japanese barbequing device, which literally translates to “bowl of fire.” Both names quickly became fan favorites in the Washington area during his time there. He has also been nicknamed “Gibby.”
Arenas was suspended for most of the 2009–10 season because of handgun violations stemming from an episode on December 24, 2009, and for subsequent actions that appeared to make light of this episode.
In late 2010, Arenas was traded from the Washington Wizards to the Orlando Magic. On December 9, 2011, Arenas was waived by the Magic as the first victim of a new amnesty clause that was created to help teams that were in salary cap trouble. On March 20, 2012, nearing the end of the 2011–12 NBA season, Arenas signed a deal to play for the Memphis Grizzlies. Later in 2012, he joined the Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association.
Career highlights and awards
3× NBA All-Star (2005–2007)
All-NBA Second Team (2007)
2× All-NBA Third Team (2005–2006)
NBA Most Improved Player (2003)
NBA Rookie Challenge MVP (2003)
First-team All-Pac-10 (2001)
Pac-10 All-Freshman Team (2000)
Honorable-Mention All-Pac-10 (2000)