Given the way Trevor Ariza has played this year, yes, this is rather ambitious. But hopefully, at the end of this comprehensive look at Trevor Ariza's first 28 games, it will all make a little more sense.
Let's start with the area we're all familiar with- offense. Ariza simply isn't efficient from most areas of the floor. To begin, here's a look at where his shots generally come from:
The yellow (sorry, creole gold) numbers atop each bar represent Ariza's field goal % from that specific location. The bar heights themselves represent the percentage of total shots taken from that location. A breakdown of the breakdown:
- <1 feet: this essentially translates to plays made at the rim. And this should come as something of a surprise: Trevor Ariza converts close to 70% of his attempts near the rim. The game-threads have been rife with complaints about Ariza's finishing abilities. Does this statistic negate those criticisms? Not necessarily. What it does mean is that Trevor Ariza doesn't often miss near the rim- he either makes the basket or, as is often the case, draws a foul (and then misses the free throws... but that's a topic for the next section). This also means that it would be wise for the Hornets to run plays with Ariza going towards the rim. The team needs to maximize how often he gets to the rim relative to how often he shoots.
- 1-10 feet: This is the range from which Ariza puts up those awkward floaters. More often than not, his shots from 1-10 feet come as a direct result of drives he aborts half-way through. Careful observers will also note that his 1-10 foot shots often come off of his Euro-step/pull up short/fade move.
- 10-15 feet: At first glance, it appears there's something strange happening here. Ariza is shooting better from this range than from locations immediately closer and further. But in actuality, it's entirely a function of small sample size. Ariza has only attempted 10 shots from 10-15 feet this year. Moreover, he shot 21% on 50 attempts from 10-15 feet last season.
- 15-23 feet: Ah, the dreaded long two. This is the shot that had Houston Rockets fans screaming in agony last year. In 2009-2010, Ariza shot 156 long twos at 30% clip. He's cut down the rate a little bit this year, but it still accounts for a disturbingly large portion of his arsenal.
- 23+ feet: Conventional logic dictates that if you're going to take the long two, you may as well step back and fire from three. Conventional logic does not apply here; Ariza should be doing neither of these things. Ever. Almost 40% (!) of Ariza's shots come from three. Of all players launching as many threes per possession as Ariza, he has the second worst three point percentage in the league.
C. Anthony: 10-17, 24 pts, 3 turns
M. Ginobili: 8-19, 23 pts, 3 turns
K. Martin: 5-12, 18 pts, 4 turns
L. James: 6-16, 20 pts, 3 turns
J. Salmons: 4-11, 14 pts, 2 turns
R. Gomes: 4-9, 11 pts, 1 turn
N. Batum: 6-14, 14 pts, 2 turns
S. Marion: 2-6, 5 pts, 5 turns
C. Butler: 2-7, 5 pts, 1 turn
A. Jamison: 5-12, 20 pts, 1 turn
D. Greene: 6-15, 15 pts, 3 turns
A. Aminu: 6-11, 16 pts, 4 turns
A. Kirilenko: 0-6, 0 pts, 0 turns
N. Batum: 2-8, 5 pts, 0 turns
M. Ginobili: 8-17, 23 pts, 0 turns
K. Durant: 6-22, 26 pts, 3 turns
G. Wallace: 6-13, 18 pts, 1 turn
L. Fields: 2-5, 6 pts, 3 turns
M. Ginobili: 2-5, 8 pts, 1 turn
T. Prince: 2-8, 4 pts, 3 turns
K. Durant: 8-20, 25 pts, 2 turns
A. Iguodala: 5-7, 16 pts, 3 turns
L. James: 6-16, 20 pts, 5 turns
D. Greene: 3-8, 9 pts, 3 turns
A. Kirilenko: 3-9, 7 pts, 2 turns
C. Villanueva: 6-17, 17 pts, 3 turns
D. Granger: 8-22, 27 pts, 1 turn