While Kevin Knox and Mitchell Robinson have highlighted the New York Knicks’ draft class, one underlying player has started off the summer with a bang. Former Arizona guard, Allonzo Trier, finished the Knicks’ first summer league game with 15 points, 6 rebounds and four assists.
Trier was given ample time to shine alongside Knox, Robinson, Damyean Doston, and Frank Nitilikina. The former Wildcat played 31 minutes in the 91-89 win over the Atlanta Hawks. While Trier was 0-3 from beyond the arc, he was 5-of-6 from the free throw line and made several impressive jump shots.
One of the most impressive aspects that Trier displayed on the court was his ability to initiate contact. On one specific play, he forced a defender to jump on a fake shot which drew a foul. This can be seen in the highlight clip above.
Trier also has solid movement on the court, as his off the ball positioning put him in good spots to receive the ball and drive to the basket. His step-back jumper was J.R. Smith-esque, but he seemed smoother in his technique and more articulated. One of the more interesting stats was his rebound total (6). His rebounding skills are highly beneficial, as the Knicks gave up far too many offensive rebounds last season.
Allonzo Trier is absolutely an NBA player and I remain baffled why he didn’t get more buzz. One of the best shooters in the class, plus athleticism, smart player in a dull Zona offensive system. Not just summerscorer.
— Michael Levin (@Michael_Levin) July 7, 2018
It took until the second half of the game for Trier to really liven up and show his true abilities, but once he grew into the game his potential was on full display. The guard went undrafted which was a surprise to most, including Trier himself.
“It was absolutely shocking (I didn’t get drafted),” Trier said (via the New York Daily News). “I definitely believe I belong in this league and I can play and I’m as good as all these guys who were drafted. But that’s done and over with, in the past. I’m looking forward to this opportunity here and taking advantage of it.”
Trier will have to work on his defensive prowess, as it was his primary concern coming out of college. He believes his scoring abilities will be an asset for the Knicks, but he will have to become a complete player to earn a starting spot on the roster.