*To increase potency OP recommends washing this down with a splash of your favorite liquor*
I know others have noticed. It is quite clear really. The probability of Arenas turning into a star is at this point greater than that of us landing a Chris Paul or Deron Williams. It may be a sad reality, but it is a reality none the less. So, in order to ease the digestion of this reality, I've concocted some "Gilbert Arenas Kool-Aid". I take no responsibility for any resulting indigestion.
Regular Season Units
Nine post-trade Magic units logged a plus/minus of +10 or greater. Arenas was on five of them (Nelson on four of them, sharing one with Gil).
The top plus/minus unit included the Gilbert.
3/5 of Gil's +10 units were bench units (this means that 3/5 of the unit was comprised by bench players).
Six playoff units logged a plus/minus of +10 or greater. Arenas was in 3 of them (Nelson on four of them, sharing one with Gil).
Again, the top plus/minus unit included the Gilbert.
Only one of Gil's +10 units was a bench unit.
One More Positive Nugget for the Gilster, from the Playoffs no-less
While he was dropped to 9th man in the rotation (and taken out completely for a bit) he produced the 2nd highest PER among our rotation players, beating out Nelson 16.4 to 15.7.
What It All Means
Well, the man has quite the resume pre-injury. We all know that. He was the best player on a playoff team for several years. Can he come back to be the second best player on a championship team? We'd better hope so. Half a season with the Magic lumped together with his previous 2.5 seasons post injury shouldn't change the evaluation that Otis Smith made when he brought him over. So either fire Otis for making a mistake with Glibert based on a priori knowledge that you had at the outset or ride it out with Otis and hope that Gilbert can come back strong.