Trevor Ariza won’t be confused for a player that scores 20 points a game. Ariza is doing a great job coming off the bench for the Washington Wizards and added a 26-point performance on Saturday night in a victory. Ariza had been starting while Bradley Beal was out due to injury, but it is clear now that Ariza is better off being a player that comes into the game later on.
Ariza is in his ninth season in the NBA and is already on his sixth team along the way so the term journeyman would be quite fitting. Ariza has averaged in double figures the last three seasons and is close to that again this season. While I believe that Ariza is better off the bench, I still think that the Wizards should be starting him. Washington isn’t going anywhere this season and Ariza has been a starter most of his career anyway so why not just throw him out there with Beal and John Wall? What is the harm at this point of the season to try a different plan?
Washington is a disappointing 20-41 this season and isn’t going to make the playoffs. The time has come with this young group to just go with them as much as possible on the floor together and see what sticks. I’m not saying that Ariza will become the best small forward in the NBA, but it is something to try. The Wizards have been a bad team for a long time and the fans do deserve better along the way, but at least they have a solid player to cheer for in Ariza.