Allonzo Trier is making a case to start for the Knicks
I’m sure people will think I’m stupid for even writing this article, but let’s be honest, through the first two preseason games, New York Knicks rookie shooting guard Allonzo Trier looks like a budding star.
Yes, I’m well aware that it’s the preseason, but the fact that Trier been consistent through the first two games and is great at creating and finishing at the hoop, makes him one of the Knicks’ top weapons.
I can’t think of any other offensive player like Trier on the Knicks roster right now.
So, could Trier start over veteran Tim Hardaway Jr. when the regular season begins on October 17th?
Yes. Let me tell you why.
THJ is inconstant
First of all, Hardaway isn’t a consistent player. He missed his first five shots against the Nets on Wednesday before finally hitting a three pointer. He’s too streaky.
THJ hits a 3 after starting 0-5. #Knicks
— The Knicks Report (@TheKnicksReport) October 4, 2018
While THJ was struggling, Trier led the Knicks with 20 points in the first half to bring them back from a 15 point deficit.
Trier is hungry
There is just something about Trier when you watch him play. He’s hungry and confident, which makes sense after he went undrafted out of the University of Arizona this past spring.
When listening to Trier talk, he also sounds humble. He appreciates the leeway that head coach David Fizdale has given him when it comes to driving to the hoop.
Allonzo Trier expected to be drafted. “It didn’t happen. But that’s in the past…My job (now) is to continue to get better. Im glad to be here to be with an organization like the Knicks. They believed in me & took me so Im very happy to be where Im at.” Here’s Trier on Fizdale: pic.twitter.com/Uqg310N0Yl
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) October 4, 2018
Starting spots up for grabs
Fizdale said it himself that all five starting spots are up for grabs. With that being said, If Trier continues to outplay Hardaway this preseason, he’ll have to start the rookie over THJ.
At this point I feel like Trier has earned he right to start this Friday against the New Orleans Pelicans at The Garden. It wouldn’t hurt to see what he can do after looking great in two straight games.
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