Former NBA All-Star Arenas joins Yao Ming’s Shanghai Sharks

Former NBA All-Star guard Gilbert Arenas signed with the Shanghai Sharks and will play this season for the Chinese Basketball Association club owned by retired superstar Yao Ming.

He joins several other former US National Basketball Association (NBA) stars in the CBA, such as Stephon Marbury and Tracy McGrady, who have sought to prolong their stellar careers in China.

“The Shanghai Sharks basketball club have formally signed the American player Gilbert Arenas,” the Sharks said in a short announcement on their website. “He will wear the number 0 while representing Shanghai during the 2012-2013 CBA season.”

Arenas entered the NBA in 2001, and played his first two seasons with the Golden State Warriors, averaging 10.9 ppg in his rookie year, and an impressive 18.3 ppg the next year.

In 2003-2004 Arenas was traded to the Washington Wizards, where he played the next 7 NBA seasons, becoming a much better scorer.

2004-2005: 80 games played, 80 games started – 25.5 ppg
2005-2006: 80 games played, 80 games started – 29.3 ppg
2006-2007: 74 games played, 73 games started – 28.4 ppg

After the 2006-2007 season, Arenas’ stats started to decline thanks to injuries, and in 2010 he was traded to the Orlando Magic, where he played in just 49 games, averaging just 8 ppg for the team.

The next year the three-time NBA All-Star Arenas signed with Memphis Grizzlies, playing in 17 games, averaging 4.2 ppg, with 40 percent shooting from the field.


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