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Trevor Ariza

31-Year-Old    SF,SG    Houston Rockets

2016-17 NBA Stats

PTS

12.7

REB

5.1

AST

2.1

STL

2.0

BLK

0.3

2016-17 NBA ROS Projections

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2016-17 Fantasy Basketball Outlook

In his second season with the Rockets, Ariza bolstered his reputation as an underrated fantasy asset at the forward spot. Ariza started 81 games, averaging 12.7 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.0 steals in 35.3 minutes per game. In addition to those useful, but not st...

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HT: 6' 8"   WT: 215 lbs   DOB: 6/30/1985  College: UCLA   DRAFTED: 2nd Rd, #43 Overall in 2004   Show ContractHide Contract

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Signed a four-year, $32 million contract with the Rockets in July 2014.

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Trevor Ariza NBA Stats – Per Game
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2004-05 19 80 17.3 5.9 3.0 1.1 0.9 0.2 0.0 44.2 69.5 0.9 1.1 1.9 0.2 23.1 2.2 4.9 1.5 2.2
2005-06 20 57 17.5 4.6 3.8 1.1 1.0 0.2 0.0 41.2 60.6 1.1 1.4 2.5 0.1 20.0 1.6 4.0 1.4 2.2
2006-07 21 57 22.4 8.9 4.4 1.1 1.0 0.3 0.0 53.9 62.0 1.5 1.7 2.6 0.1 0.0 3.5 6.5 1.9 3.0
2007-08 22 35 15.6 5.5 3.1 1.3 0.9 0.3 0.1 50.7 65.3 0.7 0.9 2.2 0.5 27.8 2.0 3.9 1.4 2.1
2008-09 23 82 24.4 8.9 4.3 1.8 1.7 0.3 0.7 46.0 71.0 1.1 1.4 2.9 2.3 31.9 3.3 7.3 1.5 2.1
2009-10 24 72 36.6 14.9 5.6 3.8 1.8 0.6 1.9 39.4 64.9 2.2 1.1 4.5 5.7 33.4 5.5 13.9 2.1 3.2
2010-11 25 NOP 75 34.7 11.0 5.4 2.2 1.6 0.4 1.1 39.8 70.1 1.6 0.8 4.6 3.6 30.3 4.0 10.2 1.8 2.6
2011-12 26 NOP 41 32.9 10.8 5.2 3.3 1.7 0.6 0.7 41.7 77.5 1.9 1.0 4.2 2.1 33.3 4.1 9.8 1.9 2.5
2012-13 27 WAS 56 26.3 9.5 4.8 2.0 1.3 0.4 1.4 41.7 82.1 1.5 0.8 4.0 3.7 36.4 3.4 8.1 1.4 1.7
2013-14 28 HOU 77 35.4 14.4 6.2 2.5 1.6 0.3 2.3 45.6 77.2 1.7 1.3 4.9 5.7 40.7 5.1 11.1 1.9 2.5
2013-14 28 WAS 77 35.4 14.4 6.2 2.5 1.6 0.3 2.3 45.6 77.2 1.7 1.3 4.9 5.7 40.7 5.1 11.1 1.9 2.5
2013-14 28 HOU/WAS 154 35.4 14.4 6.2 2.5 1.6 0.3 2.3 45.6 77.2 1.7 1.3 4.9 5.7 40.7 5.1 11.1 1.9 2.5
2014-15 29 HOU 82 35.7 12.8 5.6 2.5 1.9 0.2 2.4 40.2 85.3 1.7 0.9 4.7 6.8 35.0 4.5 11.1 1.5 1.7
2015-16 30 HOU 81 35.3 12.7 4.5 2.3 2.0 0.3 2.3 41.6 78.3 1.4 0.8 3.7 6.2 37.1 4.4 10.6 1.6 2.0
2016-17 31 HOU 21 33.6 12.7 5.1 2.1 2.0 0.3 2.8 43.8 77.3 0.8 0.8 4.3 7.4 38.1 4.5 10.3 0.8 1.0
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Age is determined on November 1st of each season.

Trevor Ariza NBA Stats – Recent Stat Breakdown
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Time Period G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
Last 7 Days 4 33.3 12.3 5.5 1.5 1.8 0.8 1.8 42.6 100.0 0.3 1.3 4.3 7.0 25.0 5.0 11.8 0.5 0.5
Last 14 Days 7 33.1 13.7 5.1 2.1 1.7 0.4 2.9 47.4 66.7 0.6 1.0 4.1 7.6 37.7 5.1 10.9 0.6 0.9
Last 30 Days 15 34.1 13.3 5.5 2.1 2.1 0.3 3.0 44.4 71.4 0.8 0.9 4.5 7.9 38.1 4.8 10.8 0.7 0.9
Last 5 Games 5 33.2 13.4 4.8 1.8 1.8 0.6 2.2 48.1 66.7 0.2 1.0 3.8 6.6 33.3 5.2 10.8 0.8 1.2
Last 10 Games 10 32.7 13.2 5.3 1.8 1.5 0.3 2.9 45.7 70.0 0.5 1.2 4.1 7.3 39.7 4.8 10.5 0.7 1.0
Last 20 Games 20 33.6 13.1 5.1 2.1 2.1 0.3 2.9 44.5 77.3 0.9 0.8 4.3 7.6 38.4 4.7 10.5 0.9 1.1

 

2016-17 NBA Game Log   Trevor Ariza
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Date Opp MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA OREB DREB FOULS
Dec 5 BOS 33 15 8 1 0 2 0 6 15 0 0 3 10 1 7 2
Dec 2 @DEN 31 16 7 3 5 0 0 6 11 0 0 4 7 2 5 1
Dec 1 @GSW 43 12 4 2 1 0 0 5 13 2 2 0 7 1 3 3
Nov 29 @UTA 26 6 3 0 1 1 1 3 8 0 0 0 4 1 2 2
Nov 27 @POR 33 18 2 3 2 0 0 6 7 2 4 4 5 0 2 3
Nov 25 @SAC 35 18 10 3 2 0 3 6 11 0 0 6 11 0 10 1
Nov 23 TOR 31 11 2 3 1 0 0 4 11 0 0 3 9 2 0 4
Nov 21 @DET 35 14 6 3 1 0 1 5 15 0 0 4 10 2 4 1
Nov 19 UTA 31 6 4 0 1 0 0 2 6 1 2 1 4 1 3 1
Nov 17 POR 29 16 7 0 1 0 0 5 8 2 2 4 6 2 5 0
Nov 16 @OKC 37 11 7 3 4 0 1 4 11 1 1 2 9 0 7 0
Nov 14 PHI 35 17 8 3 3 1 0 6 14 0 0 5 11 1 7 1
Nov 12 SAS 37 15 4 2 3 0 1 5 13 1 2 4 11 1 3 0
Nov 9 @SAS 41 9 5 3 4 0 3 4 8 0 0 1 5 0 5 4
Nov 7 @WAS 34 15 5 2 3 0 2 5 11 1 1 4 9 0 5 1
Nov 5 @ATL 31 10 3 3 2 1 1 4 10 0 0 2 7 0 3 2
Nov 2 @NYK 30 8 4 3 4 0 0 3 10 1 2 1 5 0 4 1
Nov 1 @CLE 31 11 1 2 0 0 1 4 11 0 0 3 10 0 1 3
Oct 30 DAL 33 6 7 3 2 1 3 2 4 0 0 2 4 2 5 1
Oct 28 @DAL 36 27 4 0 1 0 0 8 12 6 6 5 7 0 4 3
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Oct 26 @LAL 33 5 6 2 1 0 0 2 8 0 0 1 4 0 6 2
Trevor Ariza Projections For Upcoming Games – Next 3 Days
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Trevor Ariza – Playing Time & Selected Stats

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#1 Small Forward
Also Listed As:  #3 Power Forward, #6 Shooting Guard
Houston Rockets

True Shooting Percentage

58.7%

True Shooting % in 2016-17

In 2016-17, Trevor Ariza has a true shooting percentage of 58.7%.

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Trevor Ariza NBA Stats – Per 36 Minutes
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2004-05 19 80 36.0 12.2 6.3 2.2 1.8 0.5 0.1 44.2 69.5 1.9 2.3 4.0 0.3 23.1 4.5 10.1 3.2 4.5
2005-06 20 57 36.0 9.5 7.9 2.2 2.1 0.4 0.0 41.2 60.6 2.2 2.8 5.0 0.2 20.0 3.4 8.1 2.8 4.6
2006-07 21 57 36.0 14.3 7.0 1.8 1.7 0.5 0.0 53.9 62.0 2.4 2.8 4.3 0.2 0.0 5.6 10.5 3.0 4.8
2007-08 22 35 36.0 12.7 7.1 2.9 2.0 0.7 0.3 50.7 65.3 1.5 2.0 5.1 1.2 27.8 4.5 9.0 3.2 4.9
2008-09 23 82 36.0 13.1 6.3 2.6 2.5 0.4 1.1 46.0 71.0 1.6 2.0 4.3 3.4 31.9 4.9 10.7 2.2 3.0
2009-10 24 72 36.0 14.7 5.5 3.8 1.7 0.5 1.9 39.4 64.9 2.2 1.1 4.4 5.6 33.4 5.4 13.7 2.0 3.1
2010-11 25 NOP 75 36.0 11.4 5.6 2.2 1.7 0.4 1.1 39.8 70.1 1.6 0.8 4.8 3.8 30.3 4.2 10.6 1.9 2.7
2011-12 26 NOP 41 36.0 11.8 5.7 3.6 1.8 0.7 0.8 41.7 77.5 2.0 1.1 4.6 2.3 33.3 4.5 10.7 2.1 2.7
2012-13 27 WAS 56 36.0 13.0 6.5 2.8 1.8 0.5 1.9 41.7 82.1 2.1 1.1 5.4 5.1 36.4 4.6 11.0 1.9 2.3
2013-14 28 HOU 77 36.0 14.6 6.3 2.5 1.7 0.3 2.4 45.6 77.2 1.7 1.3 5.0 5.8 40.7 5.1 11.3 2.0 2.6
2013-14 28 WAS 77 36.0 14.6 6.3 2.5 1.7 0.3 2.4 45.6 77.2 1.7 1.3 5.0 5.8 40.7 5.1 11.3 2.0 2.6
2013-14 28 HOU/WAS 154 36.0 14.6 6.3 2.5 1.7 0.3 2.4 45.6 77.2 1.7 1.3 5.0 5.8 40.7 5.1 11.3 2.0 2.6
2014-15 29 HOU 82 36.0 12.9 5.6 2.6 1.9 0.2 2.4 40.2 85.3 1.7 0.9 4.7 6.8 35.0 4.5 11.2 1.5 1.8
2015-16 30 HOU 81 36.0 12.9 4.6 2.4 2.0 0.3 2.3 41.6 78.3 1.4 0.8 3.8 6.3 37.1 4.5 10.8 1.6 2.0
2016-17 31 HOU 21 36.0 13.6 5.5 2.2 2.1 0.3 3.0 43.8 77.3 0.9 0.8 4.6 7.9 38.1 4.8 11.1 0.9 1.1
Rest Of Season Projections 31 HOU 60 36.0 Subscribe now to see our 2016-17 rest of season projections for Trevor Ariza
2016-17 Projections 31 HOU 80 36.0 Subscribe now to see our 2016-17 projections for Trevor Ariza

Age is determined on November 1st of each season.

Trevor Ariza NBA Stats – Totals
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2004-05 19 80 1382 468 242 85 70 18 3 44.2 69.5 73 89 153 13 23.1 172 389 121 174
2005-06 20 57 999 264 218 61 57 11 1 41.2 60.6 62 78 140 5 20.0 93 226 77 127
2006-07 21 57 1278 506 249 65 59 19 0 53.9 62.0 84 98 151 7 0.0 200 371 106 171
2007-08 22 35 546 192 108 44 31 11 5 50.7 65.3 23 30 78 18 27.8 69 136 49 75
2008-09 23 82 1999 729 352 145 137 24 61 46.0 71.0 87 111 241 191 31.9 274 596 120 169
2009-10 24 72 2632 1072 403 276 126 40 136 39.4 64.9 161 78 325 407 33.4 394 999 148 228
2010-11 25 NOP 75 2600 826 408 162 120 31 82 39.8 70.1 118 61 347 271 30.3 303 762 138 197
2011-12 26 NOP 41 1350 444 215 135 69 25 29 41.7 77.5 76 41 174 87 33.3 168 403 79 102
2012-13 27 WAS 56 1471 530 266 113 72 20 76 41.7 82.1 84 44 222 209 36.4 188 451 78 95
2013-14 28 HOU 77 2723 1107 475 191 126 20 180 45.6 77.2 132 99 376 442 40.7 389 853 149 193
2013-14 28 WAS 77 2723 1107 475 191 126 20 180 45.6 77.2 132 99 376 442 40.7 389 853 149 193
2013-14 28 HOU/WAS 154 5446 2214 950 382 252 40 360 45.6 77.2 264 198 752 884 40.7 778 1706 298 386
2014-15 29 HOU 82 2930 1048 459 209 152 17 194 40.2 85.3 141 77 382 555 35.0 366 910 122 143
2015-16 30 HOU 81 2859 1025 366 188 160 26 185 41.6 78.3 113 67 299 499 37.1 357 859 126 161
2016-17 31 HOU 21 706 266 107 44 42 6 59 43.8 77.3 17 16 91 155 38.1 95 217 17 22
Rest Of Season Projections 31 HOU 60 2053 Subscribe now to see our 2016-17 rest of season projections for Trevor Ariza
2016-17 Projections 31 HOU 80 2819 Subscribe now to see our 2016-17 projections for Trevor Ariza

Age is determined on November 1st of each season.

Trevor Ariza NBA Advanced Stats
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Season Age Team G Min TS% eFG% AR TOR AST/TO EFF
2004-05 19 80 17.3 50.3 44.6 13.6 11.7 1.2 6.8
2005-06 20 57 17.5 46.8 41.4 15.1 15.3 1.0 6.4
2006-07 21 57 22.4 56.7 53.9 10.9 14.1 0.8 10.1
2007-08 22 35 15.6 56.8 52.6 18.6 9.7 1.9 7.7
2008-09 23 82 24.4 54.4 51.1 16.1 9.6 1.7 11.3
2009-10 24 72 36.6 48.8 46.2 18.0 10.5 1.7 14.9
2010-11 25 NOP 75 34.7 48.7 45.1 14.4 10.5 1.4 12.1
2011-12 26 NOP 41 32.9 49.6 45.3 20.5 11.5 1.8 13.5
2012-13 27 WAS 56 26.3 53.8 50.1 16.4 12.2 1.3 11.4
2013-14 28 HOU 77 35.4 59.0 56.2 15.1 10.5 1.4 16.6
2013-14 28 WAS 77 35.4 59.0 56.2 15.1 10.5 1.4 16.6
2013-14 28 HOU/WAS 154 35.4 59.0 56.2 15.1 10.5 1.4 16.6
2014-15 29 HOU 82 35.7 53.9 50.9 15.8 10.7 1.5 14.4
2015-16 30 HOU 81 35.3 55.1 52.3 15.3 9.2 1.7 13.8
2016-17 31 HOU 21 33.6 58.7 57.4 15.3 5.9 2.6 15.3
Rest Of Season Projections 31 HOU 60 34.2 Subscribe now to see our 2016-17 rest of season projections for Trevor Ariza
2016-17 Projections 31 HOU 80 35.2 Subscribe now to see our 2016-17 projections for Trevor Ariza

Age is determined on November 1st of each season.

Trevor Ariza: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Ariza (back) is considered questionable to play Monday against the Celtics, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.

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Ariza (back) won't practice Sunday, but he's said to be showing improvement and is being viewed as day-to-day heading into Monday's tilt with the Celtics, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.

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Ariza exited Friday's win over the Nuggets early due to back spasms, Calvin Watkins of ESPN.com reports.

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Ariza generated 18 points (6-7 FG, 4-5 3Pt, 2-4 FT), three assists, two rebounds and two steals across 33 minutes in Sunday's 130-114 win over the Trail Blazers.

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Ariza registered 16 points (5-8 FG, 4-6 3Pt, 2-2 FT), seven rebounds and one steal across 29 minutes in Thursday's 126-109 win over the Trail Blazers.

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Ariza scored 17 points (6-14 FG, 5-11 3Pt) and added eight rebounds, three assists, three steals and a block in 35 minutes during Monday's 115-88 win over the 76ers.

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Ariza finished with 15 points (5-11 FG, 4-9 3Pt, 1-1 FT), five rebounds, three steals and two assists across 34 minutes in Monday's 114-106 victory over the Wizards.

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Ariza (face) will start at small forward in Wednesday's game against the Knicks, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.

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Ariza temporarily left Tuesday's 128-120 loss to the Cavaliers after requiring five stitches under his right eye to seal a cut, Jonathan Feigen of The Houston Chronicle reports. However, Ariza was able to return to the game and finished with 11 points (4-11 FG, 3-10 3Pt), two assists, one rebound and one turnover while playing 31 minutes.

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Ariza registered 27 points (8-12 FG, 5-7 3Pt, 6-6 FT), four rebounds and one steal across 36 minutes in Friday's 106-98 victory over the Mavericks.

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Ariza will sit out Friday's preseason finale against the Spurs for rest purposes, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.

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Ariza was held to three points (1-8 FG, 1-6 3Pt), six rebounds, one assist and one steal across 26 minutes in Wednesday's 106-91 preseason win over the Mavericks.

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2016-17

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2015-16

In his first season back with the Rockets, Ariza averaged 12.8 points, 2.4 three-pointers, 5.6 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 0.2 blocks in 36 minutes per game while appearing in all 82 contests. He also posted career highs in steals (1.9) and three-pointers (2.4) per game. Coach Kevin McHale uses Ariza in a 3-and-D role, where Ariza uses most of his energy on defense and spreads the floor as a spot-up shooter on offense. While Ariza shot the three at a decent, 35 percent rate, his overall scoring average decreased and, more concerningly, his field goal percentage sunk from 46 percent in 2013-14 to 40 percent last season. That drop-off was unexpected, but it's likely a byproduct of Ariza attempting more three-pointers than ever before. Per Basketball-Reference, two-point shots accounted for only 39 percent of Ariza's attempts last season - by far a career-low - while his 61 percent three-point attempt rate was the highest of his career by nearly 10 percentage points. The Rockets made some changes this offseason, but Ariza still projects to serve as the starting shooting guard, and his role will likely be much the same as it was in 2014-15. He relies heavily on the playmaking ability of James Harden to generate open, perimeter looks, and the Rockets' addition of Ty Lawson provides the team with another player capable of penetrating and creating opportunities for others.

2014-15

After losing Chandler Parsons to the Dallas Mavericks, and missing out on a bunch of other key free agents, the Rockets found it essential to lock up Trevor Ariza to be their starter at the small forward position. Ariza is coming off a career year with the Wizards where he put up his highest scoring average since the 2009-10 season at 14.4 points per game, and posted a career best in rebounds with 6.2 per game. Ariza also ended the season averaging 2.5 assists, 1.6 steals, and 2.3 three-pointers made, while playing in 35 minutes per game. His shooting will be used to open up the lane for both James Harden and Dwight Howard, and he'll look to try and duplicate his stellar shooting percentages last season of 46 percent from the field and a career best 41 percent from behind the arc. While it may be hard to believe that Ariza will duplicate his scoring averages and percentages, he is joining a team where opponents' defensive focus will be placed squarely on Harden and Howard, which should allow Ariza some space to get off a bunch of shots. Look for him to get plenty of minutes, as he's coming off one of the healthiest years he's had in his 10-year career.

2013-14

Ariza could become a jack-of-all-trades player for the Wizards this season. He knows he'll have to back up the both forward positions and shooting guard, saying in August, "I'm going to compete...just go out there and play. Not any particular position, just whatever the coaches ask of me, I try to do." While his numbers were down across the board last year, the Wizards need his veteran presence. RotoWire hoops guru Andre' Snellings wisely reminded me that Ariza's "garbage-man type" skills do complement the young backcourt and should hold up despite lesser minutes. Last year's end-of-season knee injury should be fully healed.

2012-13

After two productive years in New Orleans, Ariza is now the Wizards starting small forward, playing on his sixth team in nine years. The Wizards didn’t get much production from the three last year, and Ariza is certainly an upgrade over Jan Vesely and Chris Singleton. Washington’s new nucleus could be good enough to contend for the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference, and if that’s the case, Ariza should see the 32-plus minutes per game he has seen over the past three seasons. He has averaged 10-plus points, 5-plus boards and 1.5-plus steals per game in each of those seasons. The one drawback here is his poor shooting percentages. Last season was the first time he has shot better than 40 percent from the field since the 2008-09 season, and he has never been a 35 percent three-point shooter. Still, late in the draft, there is enough to like here, and the crop of ownable small forwards gets ugly in a hurry after Ariza.

2011-12

Ariza is a highly inefficient small forward, but gets big minutes because of his ability to play defense. That he hits three-pointers and collects more than the average number of steals has made Ariza fantasy relevant even while shooting just 40 percent from the field, 30 percent from three-point range and 70 percent from the charity stripe last season. His role on the Hornets this year will be similar to last season’s; Ariza will play tough defense, and he’ll get sporadic touches on offense when Chris Paul deems it least destructive. If you’re looking for help with threes and steals late in drafts and can stomach the poor shooting percentages, Ariza would be a decent player to target.

2010-11

Since Michael Lewis's article ("The No-Stats All-Star") about Houston's front office and its use of advanced stats was published in the New York Times Magazine in February of 2009, every move made by Rockets GM Daryl Morey carries with it an extra air of authority. And when Houston signed Laker cast-off Trevor Ariza for roughly the same contract that Los Angeles signed former-Rocket Ron Artest, that authority was put to the test. How did it work out for the Rockets? Well, they didn't win a World Championship – though that's not the only way to tell, obviously. Maybe more telling is that Houston sent Ariza away as part of a four-way trade early this August. For fantasy purposes, Ariza is actually deceptively valuable. His field goal percentage (39.4) was terrible last season, and though it crept up towards respectable levels later in the season (44.1% over the season's last two months), Ariza's jump shot isn't exactly his bread and butter – nor does his free throw percentage (just 64.9) suggest it's likely to improve by much. What Ariza does do is hit threes (1.9 per game last season, probably a reason for the low FG%) and, in particular, get steals. His average of 1.8 steals per game last season placed him a full two standard deviations above the mean for rosterable players. Translation from the nerd: he's really good at it.

2009-10

A 6-8 defensive specialist, Ariza made a name for himself as a key member of the Lakers’ championship squad last season, consistently knocking down big shots and making key defensive plays along the way. He has since left the Lakers to move to a featured role in Houston, making him an intriguing fantasy prospect. Ariza had been an injury-plagued journeyman in the early part of his career, missing an average of 39 games per season in the three years leading up to 2008. He has also never played more than 24 minutes per game, and was a role player/fifth option on last year’s Lakers. On the other hand, Ariza’s per-36 minute averages for the last several years have been rock-solid at around 13 points, seven boards, three assists and two steals on good shooting percentages from the field. And in 31 minutes/game in last season’s playoffs, Ariza validated those estimates by averaging 11.3 points, 4.2 boards, 2.3 assists, 1.6 steals and a noteworthy 1.7 treys per while shooting 50 percent from the field over 23 games. Ariza is long, athletic, and as the new starting small forward on an injury-ravaged Rockets team he has the opportunity to play full-time minutes as featured offensive option for the first time in his career. Injuries are still a concern, as are his struggles from the free throw line (career 66% FT), but Ariza has plenty of upside on his new team.

2008-09

An aggressive defensive player with a propensity for highlight-reel dunks, but the competition for minutes in the Laker frontcourt makes Ariza a long shot to produce on a regular basis.

2007-08

Ariza is an intriguing player who could really see a big improvement in his overall numbers this year. He was just beginning to play well in December when he got injured and lost almost a month. He came back and played decently down the stretch, giving the Magic hope that he could become a good player for them this season. He has good size and is a good rebounder for a guard, but he won't make many threes, and his free-throw percentage is horrendous. However, he did shoot over 50 percent from the field last season, a very good clip for a guard. Ariza will likely increase his scoring to somewhere between 10 and 15 points per game and should have his best season yet.

2006-07

Ariza is a young, athletic talent with a lot of potential, but is unfortunately stuck behind Hill and Turkoglu. He shouldn't see more than 15 minutes a game.

2005-06

This 6’8” pogo stick was a second-round find out of UCLA for Isiah Thomas; if Ariza had stayed in school for another year or two, he’d likely have been lottery material. Ariza is long, quick and athletic but very, very raw. Look for him to play a key role for New York off the bench this season, but real worthwhile fantasy numbers might be another year away.

2004-05

Ariza is a 2004 second-round draft pick who came out of UCLA two years early. He faces an uphill battle to make the opening night roster and appears a likely candidate for the three-man injured reserve list.

2003-04

Ariza left UCLA after his freshman year and will not have much impact for the Knicks this season. He's a likely candidate for the injured reserve this season.