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Trevor Anthony Ariza (born June 30, 1985 in Miamimarker, Floridamarker) is an Americanmarker basketball player in the National Basketball Association who is currently playing for the Houston Rockets. Primarily a small forward, he currently stands at tall.

Biography

Ariza attended Westchester High School in Los Angelesmarker, where, as a junior, he combined with teammates and fellow future NBA players Hassan Adams, Brandon Heath, Bobby Brown and Gabriel Pruitt to lead the Comets to the California State championship.

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

NBA career

New York Knicks

Ariza was drafted by the Knicks at age 19, after spending just one year at UCLAmarker. Ariza started his rookie season coming off the bench as the second youngest rookie in Knicks history playing in 80 games. Ariza then earned himself starting honors with the Knicks under Larry Brown, starting in 12 games during his rookie season as the team attempted to implement a youth movement, until 2005 draft pick David Lee replaced him. In Ariza's second season, he played in 36 games and started in 10 games.

Orlando Magic

On February 22, 2006, he was traded to the Orlando Magic along with Penny Hardaway in exchange for Steve Francis. After being traded to the Orlando Magic, he played in 21 games and only averaged 4.7 per game. In the 2006-07 season, he received more playing time, playing and starting in more games then he did in the previous season. He played in 57 games and started in 7 -- averaging a career high of 8.9 points and 4.4 rebounds per game.

Los Angeles Lakers

On November 20, 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. He has the nickname "Cobra", in reference to a comment by Phil Jackson about his quickness and ability to strike on defense. In Ariza's 2008-09 season, he played and started in a career high of 80 games and starting in 20 games. Ariza was ejected during a game with Portland on March 9, 2009, following a flagrant foul on Rudy Fernández. On March 15, 2009 versus the Dallas Mavericks, Ariza enjoying his new starting position, scored a career high 26 points along with 3 steals, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists. After becoming a starter, he began to show more of his ability to be a lock-down defender.

2009 Playoffs

In game one of the Western Conference first round playoff series between the Lakers and Utah Jazz, he tallied 21 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists. In the second round, the Lakers faced the Houston Rockets, winning the series in seven games, 4–3. In game 1 of the third round against the Denver Nuggets, Ariza stole the inbound pass from Chauncey Billups to help Lakers beat the Nuggets. In game 3 the Lakers led by two points with 37.1 seconds remaining, when Ariza made the exact same play as in game 1 -- he stole Kenyon Martin's pass to Carmelo Anthony near midcourt to help Lakers take a 2-1 lead. The Lakers eventually won the series in six games, 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 OT and finished the game with nine boards and three 3-pointers. The Lakers went on to win their 15th NBA title, beating the Orlando Magic in five games, 4-1. Ariza averaged 11.3 points and 4.2 rebounds and shot 50% from three-point range in the playoffs.

Houston Rockets

On July 3, 2009, Ariza reached an agreement with the Houston Rockets. The deal reportedly is worth $33 million over five years. Ariza was signed using the Disabled Player Exception the Rockets were granted for injured center Yao Ming.

Personal

In 1996, Ariza's youngest brother, Tajh Ariza, died after falling out of a window in Venezuelamarker from the 30th floor. His first son is named after his late brother.

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

Ariza is of Dominicanmarker and Turks & Caicos Islands descent through his grandfather Osvaldo Ariza, who is a native of Puerto Platamarker and his Mother Lolita Ariza who is a native of Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos. Ariza is in the process of changing his sports citizenship so that he can play for the Dominican Republic national basketball team. However, he later accepted an invitation to the Team USA training camp. It is currently unclear which team he plans to play for.

NBA career statistics

Regular season

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 .2 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 .4 .3 3.3
2007–08
L.A. Lakers
24 3 18.0 .524 .333 .683 3.5 1.5 1.1 .3 6.5
L.A. Lakers
82 20 24.4 .460 .319 .710 4.3 1.8 1.7 .3 8.9
Career
311 52 20.0 .470 .299 .661 3.8 1.3 1.1 .2 6.9

Playoffs

2006–07
Orlando
4 0 11.8 .313 .000 .250 2.3 1.3 .2 0 2.8
2007–08
L.A. Lakers
8 0 5.6 .583 .250 .500 1.4 .1 .1 .1 2.1
2008–09
L.A. Lakers
23 23 31.4 .497 .476 .563 4.2 2.3 1.6 .4 11.3
Career
35 23 23.3 .488 .466 .542 3.3 1.7 1.1 .3 8.2

References

  1. "NBA.com Profile" NBA.com Retrieved on 2007-06-19
  2. NBA.com: Trevor Ariza Retrieved January 7, 2007
  3. Magic acquire Cook, Evans from L.A. Lakers Retrieved November 20, 2007
  4. Trevor Ariza comes through for the Lakers Retrieved January 16, 2009
  5. Lakers crash and burn in Portland Retrieved March 9, 2009
  6. http://www.nba.com/games/20090315/DALLAL/gameinfo.html?ls=gt1hp0020800991
  7. Frank Isola (2009-06-07). "Former Knick Trevor Ariza is far from 'delusional' in his role with Lakers" Daily News Retrieved on 2009-06-19.
  8. http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/boxscore?gameId=290419013
  9. J.A. Adande (May 24, 2009). "Nuggets hit by inbound train again" ESPN Retrieved on June 15, 2009.
  10. Arnie Stapleton (May 24, 2009). "Bryant's 3, Ariza's steal spark Lakers past Denver" National Post Retrieved on June 15, 2009.
  11. Jeff Zillgitt (June 12, 2009). "Fisher, Ariza dazzle Magic in pivotal Game 4" USA Today Retrieved on June 15, 2009.
  12. Lakers get Artest; Ariza agrees with Rockets
  13. Ariza verbally commits to Houston
  14. Rockets Receive Disabled Player Exception For Yao
  15. UCLA's Ariza moves from tragedy to prospect Retrieved June 9, 2006
  16. http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=4060004


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