Ariza did fit in pretty well in L.A. but Artest needs more time and probably will be more effective. Your thoughts?
L.A. Times: Artest and Ariza are different players. Artest is bigger and stronger, but Ariza is quicker and sleeker. Yes, the Lakers do miss some of what Ariza did, like his hustle, his diving on the floor for loose balls, his unselfish play.
But if you look at both of their numbers — and stats don’t tell the entire story — it is interesting.
Artest averages 11.1 points, Ariza 15.5, a career-high.
Artest averages 33.1 minutes, shoots 41.4% from the field, 38.6% from three-point range, collects 4.7 rebounds, hands out 3.3 assists and gets 1.02 steals.
Ariza, in his first season with the Rockets, averages 38.1 minutes, shoots 37.8% from the field, 29.9% from three-point range, gets 5.6 rebounds, hands out 3.6 assists and gets 1.7 steals.