In an effort to further alienate my readers, let’s note the current All-Star balloting for Eastern Conference guards where Gilbert Arenas “ranks fourth among Eastern Conference guards with 225,923 votes, putting him behind Iverson (595,200), Wade (586,679) and Vince Carter (433,363).” And, of course, it’s no surprise to see Agent Zero lagging behind one of the top-30 players of all time. Except for the fact that, this season, Gilbert is doing better at virtually every aspect of the game. TS% 56.7 versus 52.9, so Arenas is more likely to put the ball in the hoop when he shoots. Assist ratio 18 versus 17.7, so he’s more likely to make the pass to the open man. Turnover ratio of 10.5 to 10.7, so he protects the ball better. Rebound rate of 5.6 versus 3.8 so he’s better at helping his team get possession.
Iverson gets some better aggregate numbers because of his elevated usage rate 34.2 versus 31.4 and because he plays about four additional minutes per game. Even as a pure scorer, Iverson’s 29.2 points per 40 minutes is worse than Gilbert’s 29.3 p/40. Obviously, the All-Star Game’s a popularity contest and the fans should get to see the Wade-Iverson backcourt they want rather than the Wade-Arenas backcourt they deserve but still . . . the injustice!