It’s becoming more obvious that the New York Knicks are in dire need of a true point guard, as Trey Burke and Frank Ntilikina seem to be more projects than legitimate options at the position. That’s not to say Ntilikina can’t emerge as the starter in the future, but his offensive abilities have held him back considerably thus far in his career. His defense on the other hand is superb and has earned notice throughout the league.
Alternative PG options for the New York Knicks:
One alterative the Knicks have tested at point guard is Allonzo Trier, aka Iso Zo. The young shooter has emerged as a stellar player off the bench and often has bursts of high-caliber play. Being that he’s just a rookie it’s going to take some time for him to become consistent, especially since he’s an undrafted player. Moving forward, head coach David Fizdale might be smart to utilize him as a rotational piece that can influence the game at certain points.
Trier’s defense isn’t anything to write home about, but his offensive production has been impressive – shooting nearly 50% from the field and 40% from beyond the arch. He’s averaging a healthy 11 points per-game, while his defensive capabilities lag behind. Additionally, Trier managed about two assists per-game, which rules out the idea of him being a point guard, or a player than can pass effectively.
How I view Trier moving forward:
Personally, I see Trier being a sixth-man type of player. Similar to that of JR Smith a few years back – a guy that can come off the bench, get hot, and give the Knicks some breathing room in close games.
That’s not to say he can’t be a legitimate starter, but his lack of size limits his potential in the NBA considerably.