10. Trevor Ariza
Ariza is a true NBA journeyman. He played 18 seasons in the league for ten different teams, and the 6’8 wing never played for the same franchise for more than four straight years. Ariza was drafted in the second round by the New York Knicks in 2004, and he did not arrive in Los Angeles until his fourth season.
In Nov. 2007, the Lakers gave up Brian Cook and Maurice Evans to land Ariza from the Magic. He was only 22 years old and coming off a promising third season. The 6’8 wing played a minimal role that first season, but did earn some minutes against the Celtics in the NBA Finals.
In his first full season in LA, Ariza helped the Lakers win the championship as he started every game in the playoffs. He was a 3-and-D wing that averaged 11.3 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 1.6 steals in 31.4 minutes per game. Making 40 of his 84 3-point attempts was massive as the Lakers cruised to the championship, which was their first in the Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol era.
Ariza departed in free agency to join the Rockers in 2009. He did come back to the Lakers for his final season, but the 6’8 forward helped the Wizards, Hornets, Rockets, and Heat make the playoffs before that. Trevor Ariza was a key role player for 15 years, and the Los Angeles Lakers let him get away too soon.