I always said Ariza is a good "role" player. I just don't like how some people overrate him and call him the next Scottie Pippen.
Maybe I'm a bit of a homer, but I haven't seen a small forward on the Lakers with this kind of potential since Caron Butler. He has the potential to be first team all-defense someday. His shot is already improving. For his size, he handles the ball well and has good court vision. Therefore, he has the potential to play the initiator at point forward like Scottie Pippen. He has hops and rebounds well; in fact, he plays a lot taller than he is. Sometimes he gets confused both on D and in the offense, but for the most part he gets it and is learning every day. He is only 23 years old. Most important, there is a certain chemistry that he brings to the team, and Kobe in particular, which has me excited. You may not like how I say that he has the potential to be Kobe's Scottie Pippen, but I haven't seen anyone else with his skill set other than Caron who could fill that role. In fact, I think he has certain skills that are better than Caron's. It doesn't mean I'm saying he'll be as good as Pippen or even Caron Butler, just potentially
Kobe's Scottie. And yes, potentially an all-star someday. Take LO off this team, give Ariza a more important role, and watch him blossom.
Edited by Ken #1 Beloved, December 23, 2008 - 07:27 AM.