Birthplace: Tampa, FL
NBA Seasons: 11
All Star Appearances: 3
After spending the 2019 season as the Enemies’ captain, Arenas stepped to the sidelines, replacing Rick Mahorn as coach. His first season didn’t quite go according to plan, as the Enemies went 1-5. However, underestimating Gilbert Arenas has been a fool’s errand for just over two decades.
A prolific and entertaining player during his NBA career, Arenas was a three-time All-Star for the Washington Wizards, earning the nickname “Agent Zero.” He also spent two seasons with the Golden State Warriors, who selected the former University of Arizona star 31st overall in the 2001 draft. Crucially, that meant he was selected in the second round.
This meant Golden State was unable to keep him when he became a restricted free agent after his second season and received an offer sheet the Warriors would have needed to go over the salary cap to match, meaning they were forced to watch their budding young star go to the Nation’s capital. As a response to this, the “Gilbert Arenas Rule” was created, which gives teams the ability to go over the salary cap to match the contracts of restricted free agents taken in the second round. To put things simply, nobody thought a player every team in the league chose not to draft would be worth paying over the salary cap for until Gilbert Arenas came along.
I know that’s a lot of talk about some fairly boring NBA rules, but the moral remains simple: underestimate Gilbert Arenas, and by extension Enemies, at your own peril.