New Post at Bullets Forever on Trevor Ariza

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with the acquisition of Ariza, the Wizards have a more reliable slasher at small forward. The Wizards shouldn’t let Ariza dribble into isolation situations, but when he can take one or two dribbles against a scrambling defender, he can get to the rim. On a similar amount of spot-up drives as Singleton, Ariza got to the rim twice as many times. Ariza is listed as 15 pounds lighter than Singleton, but he plays much stronger than Singleton in these situations. The video below shows Ariza’s ability to beat his man even when they aren’t closing out with urgency.

The problem here is that although Ariza may get to the rim more, he doesn’t always finish those shot attempts. He’s been up and down as a finisher in recent years, and he shot only 47 percent on these at-the-rim attempts on spot-up drives. At the very least, those shot attempts at the rim bring a greater possibility of drawing fouls. With a little random variation in terms of made layups and fouls, Ariza could be a solid bailout option instead of a negative presence.

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