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Francis or Ariza?

Published by on May 29, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NBA





The Knicks drafted Trevor Ariza in the second round in the 2004 NBA Draft. He spent just one season at UCLA. 

Ariza averaged 11.6 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game as a Freshman. His quickness and athleticism quickly made him one of the best perimeter defenders in the Pac-10. 

At 19 years old he played 80 games in his rookie season averaging 5.9 points in 17 minutes per game. However, in his second season he lost playing time to rookie David Lee and head coach Larry Brown wanted to acquire Steve Francis.

Ariza was traded along with Penny Hardaway to the Orlando Magic for Francis. There has been speculation that if Ariza was...

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