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 31)
Miami, Florida
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 215 lb (98 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
Playing 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
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

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

High school and college career[edit]

Ariza attended Westchester High School in Los Angeles, where as a junior in 2001–02, 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. Considered a five-star recruit by Rivals.com, Ariza was listed as the No. 5 power forward and the No. 18 player in the nation in 2003.[1]

As a freshman at UCLA in 2003–04, Ariza played in 25 games (23 starts) and averaged 11.6 points, 6.5 rebounds and a team-high 1.7 steals. He subsequently earned All-Pac 10 Freshman Team honors. He declared for the NBA Draft following his freshman campaign at UCLA.[2]

Professional career[edit]

New York Knicks (2004–2006)[edit]

Ariza was selected by the New York Knicks in the second round (43rd overall) of the 2004 NBA draft. He played in 80 games during his rookie campaign with New York and averaged 5.9 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game. At the time, he became the youngest player to ever wear a Knicks uniform (19 years, four months and four days old). His 80 games and 1,382 minutes were the most played by a Knicks rookie since Greg Anthony in 1991–92 (82 games played).[2]

Orlando Magic (2006–2007)[edit]

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 points 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 (2007–2009)[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. The Lakers went on to defeat the Spurs in 5 games and advance to the 2008 NBA Finals, but lost to the Boston Celtics in 6 games. In the 2008–09 season, he played in all 82 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 (2009–2010)[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 December 13, 2009, Ariza was ejected after he attempted to punch DeMar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors after having the ball stolen by him. He was subsequently suspended for one game.[12] On April 14, 2010, 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 (2010–2012)[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.[13] 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 (2012–2014)[edit]

On June 20, 2012, Ariza and Emeka Okafor were traded to the Washington Wizards for Rashard Lewis and a draft pick to the New Orleans Hornets.[14]

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.[15]

On March 1, 2014, Ariza recorded a career high 40 points, including eight 3-pointers, in a 122-103 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.[16]

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.

Second stint with Houston (2014–present)[edit]

On July 15, 2014, Ariza was acquired by the Houston Rockets in a three-team sign-and-trade deal that also involved the Wizards and the New Orleans Pelicans.[17] On February 6, 2015, he tied a season-high with 24 points in a 117–111 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.[18]

On December 9, 2015, Ariza sat out Houston's game against the Wizards with a bruised lower back, which snapped Ariza's streak of 172 straight games played.[19] On January 24, 2016, he scored a season-high 29 points and made a season-high six three-pointers in a 115–104 win over the Dallas Mavericks.[20] He topped that mark the following night, scoring 31 points in a 112–111 win over the New Orleans Pelicans.[21] On February 27, he made two three-pointers against the San Antonio Spurs to extend his streak with at least one three-pointer to 29 games, the longest streak by a Rockets player since 39 in a row by Aaron Brooks in the 2009–10 season.[22] The streak ended at 30 after shooting 0-of-8 from three-point range against the New Orleans Pelicans on March 2.[23]

Personal life[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.[24]

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 Turks & Caicos Islands and Dominican descent through his grandfather Osvaldo Ariza (a Turks and Caicos Islander of Dominican descent), and his parents, Lolita Ariza and Trevor Saunders[25] of Grand Turk.[26] Ariza once considered changing his citizenship to play for the Dominican Republic national basketball team.[27] 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
Denotes season in which Ariza won an NBA Championship

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
2014–15 Houston 82 82 35.7 .402 .350 .853 5.6 2.5 1.9 .3 12.8
2015–16 Houston 81 81 35.3 .416 .371 .783 4.5 2.3 2.0 .3 12.7
Career 795 494 28.6 .427 .352 .716 4.7 2.1 1.5 .3 10.3

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
2015 Houston 17 17 38.5 .426 .375 .905 6.4 2.6 1.8 .1 13.2
2016 Houston 5 5 36.2 .255 .143 .750 4.2 .8 2.6 .2 6.6
Career 74 62 31.1 .441 .391 .701 5.2 2.0 1.4 .3 10.6

References[edit]

  1. ^ Trevor Ariza – Rivals.com
  2. ^ a b Trevor Ariza stats, details, videos, and news
  3. ^ Magic acquire Cook, Evans from L.A. Lakers Retrieved November 20, 2007
  4. ^ Lakers crash and burn in Portland Retrieved March 9, 2009
  5. ^ http://www.nba.com/games/20090315/DALLAL/gameinfo.html?ls=gt1hp0020800991
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/boxscore?gameId=290419013
  8. ^ J.A. Adande (May 24, 2009)."Nuggets hit by inbound train again" ESPN Retrieved on June 15, 2009.
  9. ^ Jeff Zillgitt (June 12, 2009)."Fisher, Ariza dazzle Magic in pivotal Game 4" USA Today Retrieved on June 15, 2009.
  10. ^ Lakers get Artest; Ariza agrees with Rockets
  11. ^ Rockets Receive Disabled Player Exception For Yao
  12. ^ ESPN news services (December 15, 2009). "NBA suspends Ariza for one game". ESPN.com. Retrieved December 25, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Pacers get Collison from Hornets in 4-team trade". NBA.com. August 11, 2010. Retrieved August 11, 2010. 
  14. ^ Hornets trade Trevor Ariza, Emeka Okafor to Wizards for Rashard Lewis, 2nd-round pick
  15. ^ Notebook: Rockets 113, Wizards 112
  16. ^ Jasner, Andy (March 1, 2014). "Notebook: Wizards 122, Sixers 103". NBA.com. Retrieved March 2, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Rockets Land Ariza & Valuable First Round Pick". NBA.com. July 15, 2014. Retrieved July 15, 2014. 
  18. ^ Trevor Ariza 2014-15 Game Log
  19. ^ Harden leads Rockets to lopsided 126-97 win over Lakers
  20. ^ Harden's triple-double leads Rockets over Mavericks 115-104
  21. ^ Harden and Ariza lead Rockets to 112-111 win over Pelicans
  22. ^ Leonard leads Spurs to 50th win, 104-94 over Rockets
  23. ^ Trevor Ariza 2015-16 Game Log
  24. ^ UCLA's Ariza moves from tragedy to prospect Retrieved June 9, 2006
  25. ^ "NBA Player Ariza visits relatives in TCI". Turks and Caicos Weekly News. 30 (26). July 2016. p. 45 – via Turks and Caicos Weekly News. 
  26. ^ "NBA star Trevor Ariza fouls against TCI". 
  27. ^ http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=4060004

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