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Carlos Arroyo
Carlos arroyo miami heat.jpg
Arroyo taking a free throw, 2009
Miami Heat  – No. 8
Point guard
Born July 30, 1979 (1979-07-30) (age 30)
Fajardo, Puerto Rico
Nationality  Puerto Rico
Listed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight 202 lb (92 kg)
League NBA
High school Colegio Santiago Apostol
College Florida International University
Draft Undrafted, 2001
Pro career 2001–present
Former teams Fajardo Cariduros (1996-1997)
Cangrejeros de Santurce (1998-2003)
Toronto Raptors (2001-2002)
Denver Nuggets (2002)
TAU Cerámica (2002)
Utah Jazz (2002-2005)
Detroit Pistons (2005-2006)
Orlando Magic (2006-2008)
Maccabi Tel Aviv BC (2008-2009)
Awards BSN Rookie of The Year 1996
BSL Final Four MVP 2009
Profile Info Page

Carlos Alberto Arroyo Bermúdez (born July 30, 1979 in Fajardo, Puerto Rico) is a Puerto Rican professional basketball player currently playing for the Miami Heat in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Arroyo is the fifth player from Puerto Rico to play in the NBA. In the 2008-09 season, he played for Maccabi Tel Aviv in the Israeli Basketball Super League, winning the league's championship and being named the final's Most Valuable Player.

Arroyo has played in the NBA, NCAA, and the National Superior Basketball League of Puerto Rico (BSN) with the Cangrejeros de Santurce and Fajardo. Arroyo has also played internationally in Spain. Arroyo was a member of the Puerto Rican National Basketball Team that defeated the United States at the 2004 Olympic Basketball Tournament. He also represented Puerto Rico at the 2006 FIBA World Championship in Japan.

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Career

Early years

Arroyo began his career in the National Superior Basketball League of Puerto Rico, where he debuted with the Fajardo Cariduros and subsequently played for the Santurce Crabbers, where he was a teammate of then starting center of the Puerto Rico National Basketball Team, José Ortiz. During his participation with the team the Crabbers won four consecutive national titles in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2003, winning five league championships in six years.

Arroyo also studied in Florida International University from 1998 to 2001, where he played for the campus' team, the Golden Panthers.[1] He was a four-year letterman in the university having completed his baccalaureate and played with the team four years, establishing several records in the team's history. Among this records is the all-time lead in assists scored, having made 459 successful passes.[2] Arroyo is also the only player in Florida International University to have scored more than six hundred points in a single season.[2] He is in the second global position in lifetime scoring, having scored 1,600 points throughout his university career, with an average of 16.0 points per game and 4.6 assists per game over his 100 games.[3] Arroyo was also selected as a member of the Sun Belt Conference's All-Star team on two separate occasions.[4] On January 5, 2007, Florida International University presented a ceremony where Arroyo's university number (30) was symbolically retired to recognize his performance with the institution's team.[5]

After graduating from college, Arroyo was signed by the National Basketball Association's Toronto Raptors for the 2001–02 NBA season, but was released in January 2002. He then played briefly in the Spanish ACB League with TAU Cerámica before being signed by the Denver Nuggets in March of the same year. He saw limited action with those two teams, playing seventeen games with the Raptors and twenty with the Nuggets before his initial NBA season was over. He only played an average of 9.7 minutes per game during those thirty-seven games in which he saw action.

Utah Jazz

With the impending retirement of John Stockton, the Jazz needed a reliable replacement point guard. They envisioned Arroyo as being the player who could fill Stockton's shoes, acquiring him to start the 2002-03 NBA season. Arroyo was then relegated once again to watching from the bench, though head coach Jerry Sloan instructed Arroyo to observe Stockton and back-up guard Mark Jackson, who was also nearing retirement.

Arroyo was given the starting job after Stockton retired and Jackson joined the Houston Rockets before the start of the 2003-04 NBA season. He surprised many Jazz fans, and by November 2003 he was ranked 11th in the league in assists per game. On November 14, he broke the record for most points scored by a Puerto Rican in an NBA game, scoring 30 points against the Minnesota Timberwolves. He finished the season with a career-high average of 12.6 points per game.

Detroit Pistons

During the 2004-05 NBA season with the Jazz, Arroyo had several disputes with Sloan. He eventually found himself back on the bench. In January 2005, Arroyo was traded to the Detroit Pistons for veteran center Elden Campbell (who would quickly be waived and later be reclaimed by the Pistons).

With the Pistons, Arroyo came within one game of becoming the second Puerto Rican to win an NBA championship. What was dubbed by some Hispanic newspapers as The Hispanic NBA Finals (because Arroyo played for the Pistons and Argentine Manu Ginóbili starred for the San Antonio Spurs) was won by the Spurs, in seven games, with a final game score of 81-74. Arroyo's playing time was reduced significantly due to Larry Brown's tight defensive style.

Initially, with Pistons coach Flip Saunders' style of coaching, Arroyo received more minutes of playing time, and demonstrated value off the bench. He led the team in assists several times despite playing fewer minutes than other players. However, again, his minutes declined as the season progressed.

On January 11, 2006, Arroyo was suspended for one game after he allegedly ran into an official during the Pistons' 96-86 victory over the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets on January 10.

Orlando Magic

On February 15, 2006, Arroyo was dealt (along with Darko Miličić) from Detroit to the Orlando Magic, in exchange for Kelvin Cato and a future first-round draft choice.

The addition of Arroyo and Miličić, plus the return of point guard Jameer Nelson from the injured list, sparked a resurgence of the Magic in the last quarter of the 2005-2006 season, as they finished with a 12-3 run, nearly reaching the playoffs. During this run, the team had an eight-game winning streak, beating top teams such as the Dallas Mavericks, San Antonio Spurs, Miami Heat and the Detroit Pistons. During the stretch run, Arroyo averaged 22.1 MPG, 10.8 PPG, 2.9 APG, and 2.2 RPG off the bench, which earned Arroyo the back-up point guard position behind Nelson. These averages are significant improvements from the statistics he accumulated with the Pistons, when he averaged only 12 minutes per game. He scored a season-high 21 points against the Phoenix Suns on March 3, 2006. On April 9, 2006, Arroyo injured his left hamstring and was sidelined for four games, returning on April 17 and scoring 17 points in the last game of the season.

Arroyo started the 2006-07 season as the team's backup point guard but was demoted by the team's coach Brian Hill following an offensive slump, eventually returning to this position during mid season.

The Orlando Magic started the 2007-08 season with new coach Stan Van Gundy, and Arroyo again was at the backup point guard position. On November 28, 2007, he had a career-high 14 assists in a game against the Seattle SuperSonics. On December 29, 2007, Arroyo was promoted to the starting position after Nelson experienced an extended offensive slump.[6] With Nelson in the starting position during this period the team was having an average of seventeen turnovers per game, and he was unable to score in double digits on 10 out of 17 games.[6] This led to Van Gundy issuing several public notices concerning the team's performance eventually leading to changes in the starting formation.[6] During Arroyo's first three games in the starting position the number of turnovers produced by the team was lowered to eleven per game.[6] Arroyo's points average was within double digits in all of these games and he recorded seventeen assists.[6][7] Arroyo closed January in the starting position, the team finished the month winning five out of six games.[8]

However, after playing 5 minutes in February 6, 2008, and being replaced by Nelson, Arroyo saw his playing time limited again. Arroyo didn't play from February 11, when he played for less than 10 minutes and scored 7 points, until March 1.[9] In an interview with Puerto Rican newspaper El Nuevo Día, coach Van Gundy said that he prefers Keyon Dooling on the slot of back-up point guard right now.[10]. Due to injuries to both Nelson and Dooling, Arroyo was put back in the starting lineup that day and ended up scoring 13 points with 8 assists in 41 minutes. Following the conclusion of the 2007-2008 NBA season Arroyo became a free agent. When interviewed, Arroyo noted that he was interested in returning to Orlando, but that he was open to hear offers from the New York Knicks and Miami Heat.[11]

Euroleague

Arroyo first played in the Euroleague for a brief stint in the Euroleague 2001-02 season with the Liga ACB club TAU Cerámica. He then returned to the NBA. In the summer of 2008, Arroyo signed a three-year contract worth $7.5 million net income with his team paying all of his taxes and that included opt-out options after each of the first two seasons [12] with the Israeli League powerhouse Maccabi Tel Aviv and he returned to the Euroleague after having spent the previous 6 years in the NBA. In the end of the 2008-09 season with Maccabi he won the Israeli League, being named the Most Valuable Player of the league's finals. In Israel, he averaged 15.3 PTS (51.6% 2FGP) in 31 mins per game. [13]

Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv TEAM G MIN PTS 2FGP 3FGP FT RO RD RT AS PF BS ST TO
2008-09 TOTALS 28 871 429 81-157 62-137 81-99 10 93 103 163 67 3 36 0
2008-09 AVERAGE 28 31.1 15.3 51.6% 45.3% 81.8% 0.4 3.3 3.7 5.8 2.4 0.1 1.3 0.0

Miami Heat

On October 11, 2009, Arroyo signed a non-guaranteed, one-year contract with the Miami Heat.[14] He has his established residence in Pinecrest, Florida and had participated in a workout with the team before signing.[14] His contract was guaranteed for the full year later in the season.

International career

While Arroyo has only seen moderate success in the NBA, he has become one of the best international point guards. During the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Arroyo was the flag-bearer of the delegation and also led the Puerto Rican National Basketball Team throughout the Basketball at the 2004 Summer Olympics competition with 18 points per game overall, and led them to a 92-73 victory over the United States with 25 points, 7 assists, and 4 steals. Arroyo was selected with All-Olympic Team honors. [15]

During the 2006 FIBA World Championship, Arroyo averaged 21.2 PPG, 4.6 RPG and 5.2 APG in five games for the Puerto Rican team. Arroyo finished tied for fourth in PPG during the 2006 FIBA World Championship with fellow Puerto Rican teammate Larry Ayuso. Arroyo played at the 2008 Olympic Qualifying Tournament, but wasn't able to compete in the semifinals and finals due to a leg injury.[16]

NBA career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2001–02 Toronto 17 0 5.6 .448 .000 .667 .7 1.2 .3 .0 1.8
2001–02 Denver 20 1 13.8 .439 .000 .750 1.4 2.5 .2 .1 4.1
2002–03 Utah 44 0 6.5 .459 .429 .818 .6 1.2 .3 .0 2.8
2003–04 Utah 71 71 28.3 .441 .325 .804 2.6 5.0 .9 .1 12.6
2004–05 Utah 30 16 24.7 .401 .389 .841 1.5 5.1 .7 .1 8.2
2004–05 Detroit 40 0 17.7 .376 .083 .767 1.5 3.2 .6 .0 5.4
2005–06 Detroit 50 0 12.0 .363 .333 .724 1.4 3.1 .4 .1 3.2
2005–06 Orlando 27 0 22.0 .502 .357 .810 2.2 2.9 .7 .0 10.8
2006–07 Orlando 72 5 18.1 .425 .275 .795 1.9 2.8 .5 .0 7.7
2007–08 Orlando 62 20 20.5 .451 .345 .853 1.8 3.5 .4 .0 6.9
Career 433 113 18.2 .432 .318 .801 1.7 3.3 .5 .0 7.0

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2002–03 Utah 3 0 9.0 .333 .000 .750 .7 1.7 .0 .0 3.0
2004–05 Detroit 19 0 7.9 .356 .000 .667 .5 2.1 .2 .1 2.1
2006–07 Orlando 3 0 13.3 .357 .000 1.000 1.7 2.0 .3 .0 4.0
2007–08 Orlando 4 0 7.5 .500 .000 1.000 .5 1.0 .0 .0 1.5
Career 29 0 8.5 .361 .000 .750 .7 1.9 .2 .1 2.3

Personal life

Carlos Arroyo was born and raised on Fajardo, Puerto Rico. He is an identical twin, born along his brother Alberto. He graduated from Colegio Santiago Apostol in Fajardo. After finishing his studies, Arroyo established his residence in Florida, since its the closest location to Puerto Rico within the United States, where he works.[17] It was there that he met his wife, with whom he has a daughter, Gabriella Arroyo, born in 2005.[17] On November 2, 2007 Carlos was forced to miss two games with the Orlando Magic when he had to make an emergency travel to Puerto Rico because his daughter was suffering from pneumonia.[18] Arroyo's grandmother was a cancer patient, which motivated him to participate in activities directed towards children suffering from the condition.[19]

See also

References

  1. ^ Noel Piñeiro Planas (2008-01-08) (in Spanish). Donqueos. Puerto Rico: El Nuevo Día. "Estudiante atleta de los Golden Panthers entre el 1998 y el 2001, Arroyo es el poseedor de varias marcas individuales en FIU." 
  2. ^ a b Noel Piñeiro Planas (2008-01-08). Donqueos. El Nuevo Día. "El base de los Magic de Orlando es todavía hoy el líder de todos los tiempos en asistencias repartidas en FIU con 459 pases decisivos para puntos y es el único canastero en la historia del programa que ha anotado más de 600 puntos en una temporada." 
  3. ^ Noel Piñeiro Planas (2008-01-08) (in Spanish). Donqueos. Puerto Rico: El Nuevo Día. "De otra parte, el boricua es el segundo máximo anotador en la historia de la institución con 1,600 puntos marcados en su carrera de cuatro temporadas." 
  4. ^ Noel Piñeiro Planas (2008-01-08) (in Spanish). Donqueos. Puerto Rico: El Nuevo Día. "Fue además dos veces seleccionado al equipo All-Star de la Conferencia Sun Belt." 
  5. ^ Noel Piñeiro Planas (2008-01-08) (in Spanish). Donqueos. Puerto Rico: El Nuevo Día. "Carlos Arroyo visitó el pasado sábado la cancha de baloncesto de la Universidad de Florida International para ser parte de una ceremonia en la que fue retirada la camiseta #30 que vistió en dicha institución universitaria." 
  6. ^ a b c d e Noel Piñeiro Planas (2007-12-03). En su mejor momento. El Nuevo Dia. pp. 106–107. 
  7. ^ "Juegazo de Arroyo, pero Orlando perdió". Primera Hora. 2008-01-01. http://www.primerahora.com/noticia/baloncesto/accion_deportiva/juegazo_de_arroyo,_pero_orlando_perdio/143670. Retrieved 2008-01-03. 
  8. ^ "Los Magic sepultan a Miami". Primera Hora. 2008-01-31. http://www.primerahora.com/noticia/baloncesto/accion_deportiva/los_magic_sepultan_a_miami/152769. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  9. ^ "Carlos Arroyo Game Log". Yahoo! Sports. February 20, 2008. http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/players/3585/gamelog;_ylt=AjyApNsCpVi1A4NvO8etZNykvLYF. Retrieved 2008-02-20. 
  10. ^ "En tercer plano Carlos Arroyo". El Nuevo Día. February 18, 2008. http://www.elnuevodia.com/diario/noticia/baloncesto/deportes/en_tercer_plano_carlos_arroyo/363305. Retrieved 2008-02-18. 
  11. ^ Lester Jiménez (2008-06-17). "Arroyo quiere pacto de cuatro años" (in Spanish). Primera Hora. http://www.primerahora.com/noticia/baloncesto/accion_deportiva/arroyo_quiere_pacto_de_cuatro_anos/201439. Retrieved 2008-06-17. 
  12. ^ Arroyo chose to sign a three-year deal with Israeli giants Maccabi Tel-Aviv that will pay him $2.5 million net per season.
  13. ^ http://www.usbasket.com/player.asp?Cntry=USA&PlayerID=30678
  14. ^ a b Michael Wallace (2009-10-11). "Miami Heat signs former FIU point guard Carlos Arroyo". The Miami Herald. http://www.miamiherald.com/592/story/1278934.html. Retrieved 2009-10-11. 
  15. ^ Puerto Rico 92, USA 73
  16. ^ Raúl Álzaga Sánchez-Bretón (2008-07-21). "Lesión ‘noqueó’ a Arroyo" (in Spanish). Primera Hora. http://www.primerahora.com/noticia/baloncesto/accion_deportiva/lesion_noqueo_a_arroyo/212448. Retrieved 2008-07-21. 
  17. ^ a b "Carlos Arroyo está como pez en el agua" (in Spanish). Primera Hora. 2009-10-13. http://www.primerahora.com/diario/noticia/baloncesto/acciondeportiva/carlos_arroyo_esta_como_pez_en_el_agua/337319#comentarios. Retrieved 2009-10-13. 
  18. ^ Fuera de Accion Arroyo
  19. ^ Alex Figueroa Cancel (2008-07-03). "Carlos Arroyo solidario con los pequeños" (in Spanish). Primera Hora. http://www.primerahora.com/noticia/baloncesto/accion_deportiva/carlos_arroyo_solidario_con_los_pequenos/206584. Retrieved 2008-07-05. 

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