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Trevor Ariza was born in Miami, Florida on June 30, 1985. He began his basketball career by playing AAU basketball for 4D, a youth basketball team with numerous All-Americans on their roster. Trevor Ariza attended Westchester High School in Los Angeles and played varsity basketball. As a junior, he and other future NBA players Bobby Brown, Brandon Heath, and Hassan Adams led Westchester to the California State championship. As a senior, Trevor Ariza was considered the number 18 player in the nation, listed as the number 5 power forward, and rated a five-star recruit by Rivals.com in 2003.
Trevor Ariza accepted a scholarship to the University of California at Los Angeles, where he played under coach Ben Howland for the 2003-2004 season. After one season, Trevor Ariza opted to declare his intent to enter the NBA Draft.
During the 2004 NBA Draft, Trevor Ariza was a second round choice and was picked up by the New York Knicks as the 43rd overall choice. At 19, he was the second-youngest rookie to play 80 games in New York’s history. He managed to impress coach Larry Brown enough to start in 12 games in his rookie year. During his second year with the Knicks, Trevor Ariza started in 10 games and played a total of 36 games.
In February 2006, Trevor Ariza was traded with Penny Hardaway to the Orlando Magic in exchange for Steve Francis. In Orlando, Trevor Ariza averaged 4.7 points per game in the 21 games he played. During the 2006-2007 season, he started in 7 games and played in a total of 57 games and averaged a career high of 8.9 points and 4.4 rebounds per game.
Trevor Ariza was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers in November 2007. Shortly after his debut for the Lakers, he fractured a bone in his right foot, but managed to return to play in the Western Conference Finals against the San Antonio Spurs in late May 2008.
In the 2008-2009 season, Trevor Ariza started in 20 games and played a career high of 80 games. In March 2009, he scored a career high of 26 points, 3 rebounds, 3 steals, and 2 assists against the Dallas Mavericks. During the 2009 playoffs, Trevor Ariza scored a career high of 21 points in Game 1 against the Utah Jazz.
In Game 4 of the NBA Finals, Trevor Ariza made a comeback in the second half of the game to help the Lakers win in overtime with 9 rebounds and 3 three-pointers. After helping the Lakers to win their 15th NBA title in five games, Trevor Ariza ended the playoffs with a career high average of 11.3 points, 4.2 rebounds, and shot 50% from the three-point range.
In July 2009, Trevor Ariza negotiated with the Houston Rockets and reached a $33 million contract agreement over 5 years. In October 2009, he scored another career high with 33 points in a 111-107 win against the Portland Trail Blazers. In April 2010, Trevor Ariza completed his first career triple-double with 26 points, 10 assists, and 10 rebounds in the final game of the regular season.
In August 2010, Trevor Ariza was traded to the New Orleans Hornets in a five player trade involving four teams. During the 2011 NBA Finals, he once again completed career highs in points, minutes played, rebounds, and assists.
In June 2012, Trevor Ariza was traded to the Washington Wizards. In February 2014, he recorded another career high with 10 made three pointers in a 112-113 loss to the Houston Rockets. In March 2014, Trevor Ariza recorded a career high in points per game with 40 points made, which included 8 three-pointers against the Philadelphia 76ers.
In July 2014, Trevor Ariza was acquired by the Houston Rockets in a sing-and-trade deal involving the Rockets, the Wizards, and the New Orleans Pelicans. In February 2015, he scored 25 points to tie a season high in a 117-111 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.
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