Gilbert Arenas Destroys Michael Jordan’s Pick Kwame Brown and Lakers Legend Pau Gasol: “I Didn’t Even Know Who the F*ck They Were”

Published 01/31/2022, 11:00 AM EST

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Gilbert Arenas was an NBA All-Star who was known for his stint with the Washington Wizards. He was drafted 31st overall by the Golden State Warriors in the 2001 NBA Draft. Arenas was one of the league’s best scorers in his prime and he averaged over 25PPG for over three seasons.

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He was also one of the most outspoken players and he has increased that volume in the last few years. Arenas has his own podcast, and he goes on several talk shows to speak about the league and his experiences. It is rare to see an ex-player who gives his insights like this, and Arenas is one of the best to do so.

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Gilbert Arenas was in an interview where he talked about his journey from high school to the NBA. He stated that he hates the draft process, and it’s stupid. The Draft process has the top 20 picks practice by themselves. It includes various drills, and they are just judged in those drills.

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Arenas said that the process is flawed as it doesn’t actually tell who can play basketball and compete in the NBA. He talked about how the process can’t tell who is a gamer, who is a one-on-one player, and who can’t handle pressure.

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Gilbert Arenas did not know the players who were drafted

Arenas revealed how he didn’t know who half of the top 15 picks were. He said,” Just watching the players. First of all, half of the people who got drafted, I didn’t know who the f*ck they were.”

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” I was part of the high school draft, which I was still 19… When it comes to high school, you have to grade them on a curve… It’s the potential.. A high school kid, a young kid, gets drafted on potential.”

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Gilbert Arenas was referring to Kwame Brown; the number 1 pick overall in his class. Brown is considered by many analysts as one of the biggest draft busts of all time. His career was hampered by injuries and controversies. However, Brown has often said that other influences played a major role in him not reaching his full potential and he should not be considered a bust.

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In fact, he has lashed out at former players like Stephen Jackson, Matt Barnes, and Gilbert Arenas for using his name and labeling him as a bust. He has an ongoing feud with Gilbert Arenas, and both players often take shots at each other.

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Vishwesha Kumar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Holder of a Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, Vishwesha has been writing content for about 3 years now. He has been following the NBA for nearly 10 years, since first starting off in the year 2012.
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