If and when the Lakers reach the Finals, they are almost certain to face a high-scoring small forward: Paul Pierce, LeBron James or former Magic teammate Hedo Turkoglu. Kobe pulled double duty against Pierce last June, and you didn't need to be in Nicholson's seat to see the toll that took. Ariza (in terms of size, skills and manner) is the closest thing right now to a young Posey.
RIGHT TIME -- It's all stability and structure these days. Fill lanes, defend, maybe take a wide-open three. Plus, with Luke Walton and Sasha Vujacic as the other small forward options, Ariza's athleticism is a crucial change of pace. Playing for a new contract and the chance to erase a "bust" tag in front of hometown crowds is a bonus.
[b]BIG TIME --
Finally, Trev is getting some appreciation and from Bucher.
Edited by popo, March 17, 2009 - 11:01 AM.