Knicks begin preseason with a win
The New York Knicks first preseason game under new head coach David Fizdale is a wrap and honestly, they didn’t look that bad after coming away with a 124-121 win over the Washington Wizards.
Now yes, I know it’s the preseason and the games don’t count, but New York has some young talent that showed some promise on Monday night.
Allonzo Trier has some skills
After going undrafted this year out of the University if Arizona, the 22 year-old Trier looked very impressive with a nasty crossover that gave Wizards’ defenders problems throughout the night.
Trier scored 13 points on 42 percent shooting. He connected on all six of his free throws and hit one of his two three point attempts.
Trier is an exciting player that could force the Knicks to add him to their roster for the regular season if he keeps this up.
Mario Hezonja struggled in debut
Mario Hezonja wasn’t awful, but he also wasn’t great during his first game as a Knick after having a hard time creating and pushing the pace.
During his 22 minutes on the floor, Hezonja scored six points on three of six shooting. He also led the team with five turnovers and that’s where he struggled.
The good thing is that this is only one game and like every other player he’s learning Fizdale’s fast-paced offense.
Kevin Knox produced
The Knicks wanted to see what their lottery pick could do and Knox played well during his 26 minutes on the floor. He scored 13 points and added 10 rebounds. Not bad for a pro debut.
Knox hit two of his five three point attempts and three of four free throws.
If Knox can continue to put up double doubles this preseason, Fizdale might need to have him begin he regular season as a starter.
Next up for the Knicks, a preseason game against the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday.
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