Arenas named NBA's Most Improved

Former Wildcat guard Gilbert Arenas justified his decision to leave school early two years ago by being named the NBA's Most Improved Player. The second-year player for Golden State received the award after having a terrific season for the surprising Warriors.

Arenas started all 82 games for the Warriors this season and averaged 18.3 points, 6.3 assists and 4.7 rebounds. His Golden State club made the NBA's biggest single-season improvement in its win total, from 21 to 38.

He got 41 of 118 first-place votes, finishing with 288 points surpassing Utah's Matt Harpring, who was second with 234 points, followed by Arenas' Warriors teammate Troy Murphy with 144. San Antonio's Tony Parker was fourth with 143.

Arenas left Arizona after his sophomore year in 2001, and struggled as a rookie. He spent the first two months of his rookie season on the bench or on the injured list before getting some time at the end of the season. He played two-guard in college but has made his mark on the NBA as a point guard.

Arenas will be a free agent this summer and may not be affordable for the Warriors who have salary cap problems. Due to the fact that Arenas was a second round draft pick, and not a first rounder, NBA salary rules make it so that the Warriors cannot offer as much money as other teams.

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