New York Knicks: Allonzo Trier Is a Player to Watch in 2018-2019
The New York Knicks are in a state of a rebuild right now. With star player Kristaps Porzingis still recovering from surgery on his ACL, the Knicks are playing with house money this year. The team has a collection of young guys including 8th overall pick Kevin Knox from Kentucky. However, the player that people should be keeping an eye on is rookie guard Allonzo Trier.
Allonzo Trier signed with the Knicks this offseason after going undrafted out of Arizona. He was a potential first-round pick, however, he tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug his junior year which hurt his draft stock. The 6’5 rookie has made an immediate impact for the team that could be seen during the preseason. Trier averaged just over 14 ppg during the preseason including dropping 25 points against the Nets in his second preseason game.
Although his scoring has gone down a bit so far in this young season he is still playing at a high level. What makes his game fun to watch is his fearlessness. No matter who is guarding him, he doesn’t seem phased or backs down. He has an attack mentality and plays bigger than he appears. He does a good job of creating for himself whether it’s off the dribble or penetrating the defense for a shot at the rim. On the year he is averaging just under 12 ppg and hauling in a little over 2 rebounds per game. His steady and reliable play has him playing at just over 23 minutes a game.
Over his last 4 games, Trier has been on a tear. He’s averaging 17.2ppg and a tad under 3 rebounds. This stretch includes his first career start against the Bulls which came this past Monday. A game in which the Knicks lost in overtime but Trier scored 21 points. Trier’s performance on the court has been one of the nicer surprises in a year that is bound to be painful for the Knicks. Now, as a rookie, he still has a ways to go. He won’t be in any of the Rookie of the Year discussions either. He needs to improve his playmaking and passing as he’s currently averaging about the same number of turnovers as assists. But this is something that should even out over the course of the long season.
New head coach David Fizdale’s job this season is a tough one. To see which players are worth keeping and become building blocks for the future. So far on the year, Allonzo has shown that, in a crowded backcourt, he can be a very valuable role player off the bench.