New York Knicks rookie guard Allonzo Trier spent most of his life facing adversity. Trier went undrafted in the 2018 NBA Draft and it seemed like the only way to reach the NBA was through the G-League. Trier signed a two-way contract with the Westchester Knicks on July 3, 2018, to prove that he belongs in the NBA.
The 22-year-old already caught the attention of fans around the NBA for his aggressive play and explosive scoring ability. His play has left Knicks fans encouraged for the undrafted rookie as they may have snagged a diamond in the rough. Through 11 games, Trier is averaging 11.5 points, 1.1 assists, and 2.6 rebounds and shooting 49% from the field and 44% from the 3. Very impressive numbers from an undrafted rookie.
“The kid has shown that he is an NBA basketball player,”
said New York Knicks Coach David Fizdale in an interview with MSG.
Trier had an unusual childhood, born on January 17th, 1996 in Seattle Washington, he never met his father only growing up with his mother, Marcie Trier. As a child, Trier was diagnosed with dyslexia, a disorder which makes reading and interpreting words difficult. These setbacks never stopped Trier from reaching his dreams to be in the NBA.
In high school, Trier attended Findlay Prep and Montrose Christian school. He was a McDonald’s All-American and a Jordan Brand Classic MVP. His scoring prowess led him to be 5-star college recruit.
Spending 3 years at the University of Arizona, Trier did it all on the offensive end. He had a knack for knocking down open shots, making tough plays, finishing through contact, passing and running the floor. Trier was rewarded the nickname of “Iso Zo” due to his ability to score efficiently in isolation situations.
Listed at 6’5, 200lbs, Trier is the ideal size for a shooting guard in the NBA. His offensive ability is valuable for any NBA team if the Knicks doesn’t sign him to a full-time contract. Although there are many signs that Trier is going to be a productive player, there are some negatives that he needs to fix to become a consistent NBA player. Trier isn’t the best defender nor a consistent offensive player but through time and some tough coaching Trier can polish these negatives and produce.
Trier already had career nights scoring 23 points in a win vs the Dallas Mavericks earlier this season. He also scored 21 points, sending the game into overtime in Monday night’s loss vs the Chicago Bulls.
Knicks fans should be optimistic about their young talent on the team, it’s going to take time for them to develop but the talent and potential are there.