Houston Rockets 2015-2016 Player Profile: Trevor Ariza

By Joshua Van Horn
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Apr 18, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets forward Trevor Ariza (1) drives the ball during the second quarter against the Dallas Mavericks in game one of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Areas to Improve

Three- Point Shooting

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On offense Ariza is primarily expected to contribute by hitting spot-up threes.

Though he shoots at a decent percentage from the three point line, the Rockets would improve if he could increase his three-point field goal percentage by just a little bit, as he did during the Golden State series, where he shot about 40% from the three point line.

Having shot more threes than any other small forward in the league last season, look for Ariza to focus on increasing his three-point field goal percentage so that the Rockets offense can be more efficient.

Offensive Consistency 

Every game Ariza shows up ready to guard the opposing team’s best perimeter player. On the offensive end the Rockets just want him to knock down open shots. From the 2013-2014 season to the 2015-2016 season Ariza’s field goal percentage dropped from 45% to 40%. With Lawson on the team, Ariza wont be expected to do as much on offense since more of the weight can be distributed. The Rockets hope that the addition of Lawson will translate into Ariza being a more consistent shooter on a night-to-night basis.

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