Ariza with the Washington Wizards in 2013
|No. 1 – Houston Rockets|
|Position||Small forward / Shooting guard|
June 30, 1985 |
|Listed height||6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)|
|Listed weight||215 lb (98 kg)|
(Los Angeles, California)
|NBA draft||2004 / Round: 2 / Pick: 43rd overall|
|Selected by the New York Knicks|
|2004–2006||New York Knicks|
|2007–2009||Los Angeles Lakers|
|2010–2012||New Orleans Hornets|
|Career highlights and awards|
Ariza played AAU basketball for 4D, a traveling youth basketball team that had numerous All-Americans[who?] on the roster. Ariza attended Westchester High School in Los Angeles, California, where as a junior he combined with teammates and fellow future NBA players Hassan Adams, Brandon Heath, and Bobby Brown to lead the Comets to the California State championship.
Ariza started his rookie season coming off the bench; at 19 he was the second-youngest rookie in Knicks history to play in 80 games. As the season progressed he impressed coach Larry Brown enough to start 12 games. In Ariza's second season, he played in 36 games and started in 10. In February 2006, Ariza was traded along with Penny Hardaway to the Orlando Magic in exchange for Steve Francis. After the trade he played in 21 games and averaged 4.7 per game. In the 2006-07 season he played in 57 games and started in 7, averaging a career high 8.9 points and 4.4 rebounds per game.
Los Angeles Lakers
In November 2007 Ariza was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for Brian Cook and Maurice Evans. He fractured a bone in his right foot in January 2008, but made his return in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals against the San Antonio Spurs in late May, scoring a basket within his first minute of play. In the 2008-09 season, he played in a career-high 80 games, starting 20. Ariza was ejected during a game against Portland on March 9, 2009, following a flagrant foul on Rudy Fernández. On March 15, 2009 versus the Dallas Mavericks, Ariza scored a career-high 26 points along with 3 steals, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists. After becoming a starter, he began to show more ability on defense.
In the playoffs, Ariza scored a playoff career-high 21 points in Game 1 of the first round against Utah Jazz. In the Western Conference Finals against the Denver Nuggets, Ariza stole an inbound pass for Chauncey Billups in Game 1 to help Lakers beat the Nuggets. In Game 3, the Lakers led by two points with 37.1 seconds remaining when Ariza stole Kenyon Martin's pass to Carmelo Anthony near midcourt to help Lakers take a 2-1 lead. The Lakers eventually won the series 4–2, sending them to the NBA Finals against the Orlando Magic. In Game 4 of the finals, Ariza who was 0-for-6 in the first half, scored 13 in the third quarter to help the Lakers win in overtime and finished the game with nine rebounds and three 3-pointers. The Lakers went on to win their 15th NBA title in five games, 4-1. Ariza averaged a career-high 11.3 points and 4.2 rebounds and shot 50% from three-point range in the playoffs.
On July 3, 2009, Ariza reached an agreement with the Houston Rockets worth $33 million over five years. Ariza was signed using the Disabled Player Exception the Rockets were granted for injured center Yao Ming. On October 31, 2009, against the Portland Trail Blazers, Ariza scored a career high 33 points in a 111-107 Rockets win. On April 14, in the Rockets' final game of the season, Ariza recorded his first career triple-double, tallying 26 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists.
New Orleans Hornets
On August 11, 2010, Ariza was traded to the New Orleans Hornets as part of a four-team, five-player trade, with Darren Collison and James Posey going to the Indiana Pacers, Troy Murphy to the New Jersey Nets, and Courtney Lee to Houston. During the 2011 NBA playoffs, Ariza logged career highs in minutes per game (40.2), points per game (15.5) rebounds (6.5) and assists (3.3). The Hornets lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in 6 games in the first round.
On February 12, 2014, Ariza recorded a career high 10 made three pointers to score a season high 32 points, as well 11 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals, in a 112-113 loss to the Houston Rockets.
On April 27, 2014, Ariza set a playoff career-high 30 points against the Chicago Bulls in Game 4 of their 2014 NBA Playoffs first round match-up, which the Wizards won 98-89. The team went on to lose to the Indiana Pacers in six games in the conference semifinals.
Return to the Houston Rockets
Ariza is of Dominican and Turks & Caicos Islands descent through his grandfather Osvaldo Ariza, a native of Puerto Plata, and his mother Lolita, a native of Grand Turk Island. Ariza once considered changing his citizenship to play for the Dominican Republic national basketball team. However, he later accepted an invitation to the Team USA training camp.
NBA career statistics
|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|
- Trevor Ariza Stats, Video, Bio, Profile
- NBA.com: Trevor Ariza Retrieved January 7, 2007
- Magic acquire Cook, Evans from L.A. Lakers Retrieved November 20, 2007
- Lakers crash and burn in Portland Retrieved March 9, 2009
- Frank Isola (2009-06-07). "Former Knick Trevor Ariza is far from 'delusional' in his role with Lakers" Daily News (New York) Retrieved on 2009-06-19.
- J.A. Adande (May 24, 2009)."Nuggets hit by inbound train again" ESPN Retrieved on June 15, 2009.
- Jeff Zillgitt (June 12, 2009)."Fisher, Ariza dazzle Magic in pivotal Game 4" USA Today Retrieved on June 15, 2009.
- Lakers get Artest; Ariza agrees with Rockets
- Rockets Receive Disabled Player Exception For Yao
- "Pacers get Collison from Hornets in 4-team trade". NBA.com. August 11, 2010. Retrieved August 11, 2010.
- Hornets trade Trevor Ariza, Emeka Okafor to Wizards for Rashard Lewis, 2nd-round pick
- Notebook: Rockets 113, Wizards 112
- Jasner, Andy (March 1, 2014). "Notebook: Wizards 122, Sixers 103". NBA.com. Retrieved March 2, 2014.
- "Rockets Land Ariza & Valuable First Round Pick". NBA.com. July 15, 2014. Retrieved July 15, 2014.
- UCLA's Ariza moves from tragedy to prospect Retrieved June 9, 2006
- "Ariza to play for Dominican Republic National Basketball Team". Retrieved April 14, 2009.