Scouting breakdown: Arenas is a unique combo

Updated: June 15, 2007, 11:23 AM ET
By David Thorpe | Scouts Inc.
Editor's note: This article was originally published on January 12.

This summer I was working out some guys and I asked them, "Who is the toughest player to guard, off the dribble, in the league?"

Their answer surprised me: Gilbert Arenas.

Later I spoke to a video coach (who breaks down every play from every game and archives them) for a Western Conference team and asked him the same question. He said the same thing my players did.

With that in mind, and after studying Arenas this season, there is only one conclusion I can make: He is the best combo guard in the game today, and the benchmark that future combo guards will be measured against.

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