Revisiting The Offseason: Why The Trevor Ariza Signing Was a Slam Dunk

May 31st, 2010 by Patrick Harrel Leave a reply »


During a season in which he shot a miserable 39.5 percent from the field and showed a complete inability to create offense for himself and others, the signing of Trevor Ariza looked like a borderline disaster. Ariza played poorly in his role with the Rockets, but more importantly, the Rockets missed the playoffs for the first time under Rick Adelman.

After an outrageously good start, Ariza’s production came down to Earth. As in, way down. He shot in the 30’s percentage wise for the entire season after the first month, struggled with turnovers, and disgusted Rockets' fans with awkward off-balance shots that had no chance of going in. Suddenly, the five year, $33 million investment the Rockets made on Ariza was not looking good.

After this rough stretch, it became evident that Ariza is never going to be the go-to player or the number one scorer on the Rockets. He simply does not possess the coordination to create offense for himself against high-pressure defenses to be that kind of player. He constantly dribbled into trouble or had nowhere to go i ...

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