We find it easy to muster up tons of appreciation for Trevor Ariza and his ability to play some game changing defense but one thing that has been quite a surprise this season is Trevor’s ability to hit the trey. The 6’ 8” 210lb forward from UCLA is hitting an impressive 80% of his three-point shots adding a whole new dimension to the Lakers lineup.
Of course, it’s still early in the NBA season but if Trevor can continue to knock down shots from beyond the arc, the Lakers’ opponents are going to have one heck of a time trying to match up.
Ariza brings such a dynamic aspect to the team and seems to make an impact every time he steps on the court. His relentless energy and playmaking ability have been key to the Lakers early season success.
When healthy, Trevor Ariza has made a significant impact reminding us of one Ron Harper, who played a key role on the Lakers back-to-back title runs of 2000 and 2001 and Rick Fox, another great role player. Both Fox and Harper made an enormous contribution to the Lakers title runs.
The headliners fill the seats but it’s the role players that make a world of difference and teams are going to have to take notice of #3 or pay the consequences.
Trying to stop the 2008 Los Angeles Lakers is no easy task as opponents will have to pick their poison with the likes of Andrew Bynum, Derek Fisher, Lamar Odom, and the Mamba himself, Kobe Bryant. A few long range bombs from downtown will only make things miserable for defenders who play off Ariza, completely opening up the middle for Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum. As would be defenders struggle between double teams or allowing the rain to pour down. This adds an important dimension to the Purple and Gold.
Suffocating defense is one thing but an athletic playmaker that can shoot the rock from three-point range brings a whole new level of depth to an already stacked Lakers bench. Hopefully, Trevor Ariza can maintain his shooting touch giving Coach Phil Jackson plenty of reason to keep him out on the floor and opposing coaches stuck in a tail spin.