New York Knicks’ combo guard Allonzo Trier solidified himself as an NBA talent with the potential to become an elite scorer in the future. The 6’5″ 200lbs scoring assassin looked very smooth in his second offseason summer league action against Zion Williamson, Jaxon Hayes, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, and the New Orleans Pelicans. If Trier wasn’t scoring, he was making sweet dishes to his teammates including lobbing passes to Mitchell Robinson. Below shows Trier getting buckets before the earthquake in Las Vegas.
Allonzo Trier playing the point guard position is nothing new to the former Arizona Wildcat. He performed point-guard duties sporadically in college. The focus for Trier has been to improve his vision and gain efficiency going left. Therefore, an improved playmaking Allonzo Trier next season could be possible. Below is a clip of Trier playing point-guard against the Detroit Pistons last season.
The New York Knicks would definitely welcome an improved playmaking Allonzo Trier. After all, if playmaking was one of Trier’s strengths while entering the draft last season, he might’ve ended up being selected in the mid-first round. However, scouts were scared away from Trier due to feelings of him being selfish on the court.
Last season Allonzo Trier seemed to build a connection with Mitchell Robinson on the court. As the 2018-19 NBA season progressed, Trier found himself on the court with Robinson often. Therefore, more pick-and-roll two-man games involving Trier and Robinson increased, leading to either drop off assists around the rim to Robinson or lob passes leading to athletic finishes from the 7’1″ tall and ultra-athletic 21-year old future DPOY in Mitchell Robinson.
Overall, Allonzo Trier is definitely a dark-horse candidate to get time at the point-guard position for the New York Knicks. Of course, Dennis Smith Jr., Elfrid Payton, and Frank Ntilikina will fight it out. Therefore, Trier must bring his best on both ends of the court in training camp in terms of the point-guard duty slot.