Allonzo Trier could be a budding star
The New York Knicks looked really bad early on during Wednesday night’s preseason game against the Brooklyn Nets. But thanks to Allonzo Trier they climbed back and were able to come away with a win.
Here are some observations I made from the game.
Allonzo Trier might be the real deal
Well if anyone thought that Trier’s first preseason game was a fluke, it wasn’t.
The undrafted rookie out of Arizona scored 25 points and grabbed 4 rebounds against the Nets.
At one point the Knicks were down by 15 points after a sloppy start. Thanks to Trier scoring 20 points in the first half, New York grabbed a four point lead at the half.
Don’t be surprised when the Knicks tear up Trier’s two-way contract and hand him an NBA deal.
No one stepping up at point guard
When it comes to the point guard position, no one has stepped up between Trey Burke, Frank Ntilikina and Emmanuel Mudiay.
For a second straight preseason game, Burke got the start and he finished with nine points on three of seven shooting and three assists.
Ntilikina also had nine points, but only one assist.
Mudiay put up only two points and one assist.
Burke put up the best numbers and seems to create more on offense If the regular season started today I think he would be the Knicks starting point guard.
Kevin Knox cooled off
After a double-double during his debut on Monday, Knox scored seven points on three of six shooting. He also added four rebounds.
This is expected given the fact that Knox is a rookie. Nothing to worry about. He still made some nice plays.
Fast paced offense looked good
The Knicks looked better in transition against the Nets than they did against the Wizards on Monday. It wasn’t perfect, but they were able to make Brooklyn uncomfortable with their fast pace play.
One player in particular that flourished was Trier who drew multiple fouls by driving to the hoop.
Knox also scored on a coast to coast run that ended up turning into a three point play after he was fouled
Mario Hezonja in a funk
The preseason hasn’t been good to Hezonja. After an OK game against the Wizards he only scored three points, grabbed two rebounds and one assist in 24 minutes against Brooklyn.
Right now, Hezonja has not earned a starting spot after being signed as a free agent this past summer.
Next up for the Knicks, their first home game of the preseason against the New Orleans Hornets on Friday night.
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