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Ron Artest By the Numbers

Posted By Josh Hoffman On Aug 30 2009 @ 8:31 am In Los Angeles Lakers | No Comments

Mercurial and capricious, Ron Artest is like a set of newborn triplets: manageable in theory, overwhelming in reality. Ron-Ron’s defensive prowess and hard-nosed mentality have ultimately been his saviors, but there were many instances when Artest appeared to wear out his NBA welcome. Everyone and their mom remembers the infamous Malice at the Palace, but that’s not where it began – or ended – for the former McDonald’s All-American. As a rookie with the Bulls, Artest applied for a job at Circuit City only because he wanted an employee discount. While a member of the Pacers, Artest once arrived to practice wearing a bathrobe and, in another incident, asked for a one-month leave of absence because he was tired from promoting an album on his record label. In 2007, he was arrested for domestic abuse and subsequently spent 10 days in jail. Although his behavior has been questionable at the very least, the Lakers signed Artest to a five-year deal in excess of $30 million this offseason following the departure of Houston-bound Trevor Ariza. Entering his 11th campaign – and first in purple and gold – here is a numerical breakdown of Ron Artest:

1 – All-star game appearance and Defensive Player of the Year award (both in 2004)

1.5 – Steals per game during the 2008-09 season, the fewest in his career

4 – Defensive-team selections (two first-team and two-second team)

5 – Top-10 rankings in total steals, most recently in 2007-08

6 – Seasons he has played less than 70 games

8 – Career-high for steals in a game, which he has achieved on four different occasions

10 – NBA seasons, spanning four teams (Chicago, Indiana, Sacramento and Houston)

16 – Shoe size

37 – Jersey number he will wear with the Lakers

39 – Career-high for points in a game (twice)

44 – Playoff games under his belt in five postseason opportunities

153 – Three-point makes last season, good for 14th most

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