Player Profile: Gilbert Arenas
#9 GILBERT ARENAS
Weight: 215 lbs.
Birthdate : January 6, 1982
High School: Ulysses S. Grant, Van Nuys, CA
NBA Years: 8
Drafted: 31st overall (second round) by Golden State in 2001
Career Transactions: Signed as a restricted free agent by Washington (8/8/03)…Re-signed as an unrestricted free agent by Washington (7/13/08).
Professionally: Is a three-time NBA All-Star (2005, 2006, 2007)…Was named to the All-NBA Second Team in 2006-07 after being an All-NBA Third Team selection in 2004-05 and 2005-06…Became the franchise’s first player since Elvin Hayes (1972-73 to 1976-77) to be named to an All-NBA team in three consecutive seasons…With Walt Bellamy, is one of only two players in franchise history to score 2,000+ points in three consecutive seasons (2004-05 to 2006-07)…Set a new Washington franchise scoring record with 60 points at LAL (12/17/06)…Tied the Verizon Center scoring record with 51 points vs. UTA (1/15/07)…Is Washington’s all-time leader in three-point field goals made (821)…Has recorded four career triple-doubles…Has been named Eastern Conference Player of the Week seven times during his career, and was named Eastern Conference Player of the Month once (12/06)…Has scored 40+ points 29 times in his career, and scored 50+ points in three games (all in 2006-07)…As a second-round draft pick, was the first player from the 2001 NBA Draft class to earn All-Star recognition…Named the 2002-03 NBA Most Improved Player…Named Most Valuable Player of the Rookie Challenge during NBA All-Star Weekend in 2003.
Personally: Raised in Los Angeles and was a standout basketball player at Ulysses S. Grant High School in Van Nuys, CA…Has a son, Alijah, and two daughters, Izela Semayah and Hamiley Penny…Served as a spokesperson for the NBA Fit program to raise awareness of physical fitness and nutrition to fight childhood obesity…Provided 100 children from Bright Beginnings Inc. with holiday gifts in 2009…Through the Gilbert Scores for Schools program, donated $100 for every point he scored at Verizon Center to a different school each game during the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons…Was featured on the cover of EA Sports NBA Live ’08 video game…Had a wax statue created in his likeness for display at Madame Tussauds in Washington, DC…Formerly wore #0 because of the number of minutes his detractors said he would get at the University of Arizona…Supported Beyoncé’s pre-concert food donation drive in Washington, DC, during her Beyoncé Experience Tour in 2007…Joined NBA Hall of Famer Earvin “Magic” Johnson for the Freddie Mac Hoops for the Homeless Basketball Tournament at Verizon Center in 2007 to benefit six non-profit organizations that serve the homeless…Recognized by The Sporting News as one of the top “Good Guys” in sports in 2005 and 2006…Has a collection of over 500 autographed jerseys of past and present players, and purchased a chair used and autographed by President Barack Obama at a Wizards game with a $25,000 donation to Wizards Care…Has created the Zero 2 Hero Foundation to promote the safety and well-being of children by raising funds to support organizations that aid in the preservation of families through foster care, adoption and child welfare services, as well as to help the homeless…Named the NBA Community Assist Award winner for the month of August, 2005…Purchased $18,000 worth of goods and delivered them to Hurricane Katrina victims sheltered at the DC Armory in 2005…Was featured in Essence Magazine as part of the magazine’s “Do Right Men” issue…Through the NBA Cares program, became involved with the Make-A-Wish foundation and the Special Olympics…Owns a top-ranked Halo Team called Final Boss, which is affiliated with Major League Gaming and X-Box…Also known as "Agent Zero" and "The Hibachi"…Has a website, gilsarena.com, where fans can learn more about his Zero 2 Hero Foundation.