The New York Knicks recently signed former Arizona Wildcats shooting guard Allonzo Trier to a two-way contract. That will enable Trier, 22, to spend 45 days on New York’s main roster, and the rest of the 2018-19 season with its G League affiliate in Westchester.
Trier certainly justified the investment at Summer League, proving to be a dynamic slasher and a capable playmaker who has the raw tools for the coaching staff to work with.
Trier appeared in four games for the Knicks, averaging 17.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 1.3 steals in 31.0 minutes per game. He buried a pair of three-point field goals, but most of his damage was done on the drive and in transition.
Trier had no trouble whatsoever getting past the first defender, and finished with craftiness and creativity when tasked with scoring amongst the trees.
Trier made a polarizing transition to point guard when Frank Ntilikina was ruled out, but his willingness to do so should speak louder than the early results. He’s more of a scoring guard than a natural facilitator, but he could hone his combo skills in Westchester in 2018-19.
Trier was signed to a two-way contract for his immediate value and long-term potential, and he showed both what he is and what he can be at Summer League.