Trevor Ariza

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Trevor Ariza
Trevor Ariza Wizards.jpg
Ariza with the Washington Wizards in 2013
No. 1 – Houston Rockets
Position Small forward / Shooting guard
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1985-06-30) June 30, 1985 (age 29)
Miami, Florida
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school Westchester
(Los Angeles, California)
College UCLA (2003–2004)
NBA draft 2004 / Round: 2 / Pick: 43rd overall
Selected by the New York Knicks
Pro career 2004–present
Career history
20042006 New York Knicks
20062007 Orlando Magic
20072009 Los Angeles Lakers
2009–2010 Houston Rockets
20102012 New Orleans Hornets
20122014 Washington Wizards
2014–present Houston Rockets
Career highlights and awards

Trevor Anthony Ariza (born June 30, 1985) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA).[1]

Biography[edit]

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.

After one season at UCLA Ariza declared for the NBA draft and was a second round choice (43rd overall) of the New York Knicks in 2004.

NBA career[edit]

Early years[edit]

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.[2] 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[edit]

In November 2007 Ariza was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for Brian Cook and Maurice Evans.[3] 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.[4] On March 15, 2009 versus the Dallas Mavericks, Ariza scored a career-high 26 points along with 3 steals, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists.[5] After becoming a starter, he began to show more ability on defense.[6]

2009 Playoffs[edit]

In the playoffs, Ariza scored a playoff career-high 21 points in Game 1 of the first round against Utah Jazz.[7] 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.[8] 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.[9] 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.

Houston Rockets[edit]

On July 3, 2009, Ariza reached an agreement with the Houston Rockets worth $33 million over five years.[10] Ariza was signed using the Disabled Player Exception the Rockets were granted for injured center Yao Ming.[11] 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[edit]

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.[12] 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.

Washington Wizards[edit]

On June 20, 2012, Ariza and Emeka Okafor were traded to the Washington Wizards for Rashard Lewis and a draft pick.[13]

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.[14]

On March 1, 2014, Ariza recorded a career high 40 points, including eight 3-pointers, in a 122–103 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.[15]

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[edit]

On July 15, 2014, Ariza was acquired by the Houston Rockets in a sign-and-trade deal that also involved the Wizards and the New Orleans Pelicans.[16]

Personal[edit]

On March 18, 1996, Ariza's youngest brother, Tajh Ariza, died after falling out of a hotel room window in Caracas, Venezuela. His first son is named after his late brother.[17]

Ariza's stepfather, Kenny McClary, played at the University of Florida in the mid to late 1980s, and professionally with the Sydney Kings in Australia.

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.[18] Ariza once considered changing his citizenship to play for the Dominican Republic national basketball team.[19] However, he later accepted an invitation to the Team USA training camp.

NBA career statistics[edit]

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[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2004–05 New York 80 12 17.3 .442 .231 .695 3.0 1.1 .9 .2 5.9
2005–06 New York 36 10 19.7 .418 .333 .545 3.8 1.3 1.2 .3 4.6
2005–06 Orlando 21 0 13.8 .400 .000 .700 3.9 .7 .7 .1 4.7
2006–07 Orlando 57 7 22.4 .539 .000 .620 4.4 1.1 1.0 .3 8.9
2007–08 Orlando 11 0 10.5 .452 .000 .533 2.2 .7 .5 .3 3.3
2007–08 L.A. Lakers 24 3 18.0 .524 .333 .683 3.5 1.5 1.1 .3 6.5
2008–09 L.A. Lakers 82 20 24.4 .460 .319 .710 4.3 1.8 1.7 .3 8.9
2009–10 Houston 72 71 36.5 .394 .334 .649 5.6 3.8 1.8 .6 14.9
2010–11 New Orleans 75 75 34.7 .398 .303 .701 5.4 2.2 1.6 .4 11.0
2011–12 New Orleans 41 41 32.9 .417 .333 .775 5.2 3.3 1.7 .6 10.8
2012–13 Washington 56 15 26.3 .417 .364 .821 4.8 2.0 1.3 .4 9.5
2013–14 Washington 77 77 35.4 .456 .407 .772 6.2 2.5 1.6 .3 14.4
Career 632 331 26.9 .434 .347 .696 4.6 2.0 1.4 .3 9.7

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2007 Orlando 4 0 11.8 .313 .000 .250 2.3 1.3 .2 0 2.8
2008 L.A. Lakers 8 0 5.6 .583 .250 .500 1.4 .1 .1 .1 2.1
2009 L.A. Lakers 23 23 31.4 .497 .476 .563 4.2 2.3 1.6 .4 11.3
2011 New Orleans 6 6 40.2 .412 .333 .727 6.5 3.3 1.3 .5 15.5
2014 Washington 11 11 37.0 .481 .446 .778 8.9 1.7 1.5 .4 13.6
Career 52 40 28.1 .470 .442 .628 4.9 1.9 1.2 .3 10.2

References[edit]

External links[edit]

  • Career statistics and player information from NBA.com
  • Trevor Ariza at Basketball-Reference.com