Reason for the Los Angeles Lakers signing Trevor Ariza: He has as much playoff experience as anyone else in the league
Sometimes experience can get overstated in the NBA as it is one of the biggest tropes in sports that seemingly makes someone more qualified to play in a big game. However, as trivial as it might be, it proves to make an impact time and time again.
Just look at this last NBA Playoffs. The Los Angeles Lakers, who had so many experienced players on the roster, were able to persevere in the NBA bubble and had this calm and collective approach about them that allowed them to overcome any sort of adversity.
It is an important thing to have and if anything it gives the Lakers another option in the playoffs. That is what makes Ariza interesting as he has as much playoff experience as anyone in the league and that could absolutely translate into him getting a bigger role in the playoffs because he has been there before.
He won the NBA Championship with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2009 and made it to the FInals with the team in 2008. He has not been to the Finals since but he has been a part of some deep runs since then.
Ariza has played 102 playoff games and has logged 3,293 playoff minutes in his career. Ariza is one of just 23 players in the league right now with at least 100 playoff games and he ranks 24th, right behind Marc Gasol, in playoff minutes.
A three and D role player that knows what it takes to win a title (as well as come up short)? That sounds like a fantastic fit. The reasons for signing Trevor Ariza certainly outweigh the reason against.