Getting to Know Your Miami Heat: Carlos Arroyo

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With the pending retirement of John Stockton, the Jazz needed a reliable, replacement point guard on their team. They envisioned Arroyo as being the player who could substitute hall of famer John Stockton, and they traded for him before the start of the 2002-2003 NBA season.

Arroyo was given the starting job at his position after Stockton retired. He surprised many Jazz fans by becoming one of the most reliable players in the NBA. By November 2003, he was ranked eleventh in assists per game, and in assists per 48 minutes played. He also ranked sixteenth in two other categories. On November 14, he broke the record for the most points scored by a Puerto Rican in an NBA game, scoring 30 points against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

During the 2005 NBA Finals, Carlos came within one game to only become the 2nd Puerto Rican to win an NBA Championship. This was an exciting year for Hispanics world wide as you had Puerto Rican Carlos Arroyo facing Argentine Manu Ginobli. Hispanics Newspapers were calling it the “The Hispanic NBA Finals.”

While Arroyo is still questing for the coveted Larry O’ Brian trophy he is recognized as one of the best international point guards. During the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Arroyo led the Puerto Rican National Basketball Team throughout the 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 as All-Olympic honors.

In the 2006 FIBA World Championships national Puerto Rican coach Julio Toro knew that he had to build this team around his star Carlos Arroyo. 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 originally signed with the Heat as a free agent on Oct 12th 2009. During the 2009-10 seasons, Carlos appeared in 72 games (35) starts for The Heat, averaging 6.1 pts, 3.1 assists, 1.8 rebounds, and 22 minutes, while shooting 47.5 percent from the field and 84.4 percent from the foul line. He set the Heat single season franchise record for assist to turnover ratio (4.17), which ranked second in the NBA last season, and registered a career high on field goal percentage.

After a strong positive season Arroyo the first FIU alumni to ever play for the Heat proved himself to Riley. “By re-signing Carlos Arroyo, we feel we have accomplished another big step in adding to this team” said Heat President Pat Riley “Carlos showed last season that he is one of the most efficient and competitive point guards in the NBA, and we are happy to have him back.”

Arroyo has appeared in 505 career games (148 starts) over eight seasons. Not only does he bring a veteran basketball presence to Miami but he brings the Hispanic flare and attitude that Miami natives love. The video below will show that Latin flare I speak of.

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