Allonzo Trier, Mitchell Robinson are showing promise for the Knicks
Two rookies that have looked really good for the New York Knicks during the preseason have been Allonzo Trier and Mitchell Robinson.
With the NBA regular season starting in less than a week, the Knicks still need to make a decision as to whether Trier and/or Robinson spend time in the G League this season or not.
Knicks’ head coach David Fizdale spoke with the media on Wednesday and said that he doesn’t believe Trier will spend much time with the Westchester Knicks this season.
Now Fizdale didn’t rule it out, so it sounds like Trier will play in the G League in order to keep him fresh and give him more minutes, since he likely won’t get a lot with the Knicks at the start of the season.
Regarding Trier, Fizdale doesn’t envision him spending much time in the GLeague. And since he’s a two way player, the Knicks don’t have to make a roster move to accommodate.
— Stefan Bondy (@SBondyNYDN) October 10, 2018
The good news is that the Knicks don’t have to make room on their NBA roster for Trier right now, since he’s on a two-way contract.
One note on Allonzo Trier:
Under his two-way contract, he's allowed to spend up to 45 days on the Knicks roster.
NY can keep 15 players plus Trier.
And his 45-day clock does not begin until the Oct. 22 (the start of G-League training camp)
NY will have played 3 games by that date
— Tommy Beer (@TommyBeer) October 9, 2018
When it comes to Robinson, it sounds like he’ll be playing more G League games than Trier since he didn’t play organized basketball last season after deciding to not attend college and train for the NBA instead.
David Fizdale says Mitchell Robinson will spend some time in the G League this season, in part, because he hasn’t played a lot of basketball. But Fizdale makes it clear that Robinson will also be playing games/practicing with the Knicks in his rookie season. https://t.co/Qfn56q29LE
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) October 10, 2018
Robinson definitely needs more time in Westchester after not playing in a game since high scool in 2017., Trier onplayed four years of college ball at the University of Arizona.
When it comes to Trier getting NBA regular season minutes, he might have a hard time unless Courtney Lee and/or Tim Hardaway Jr. suffer an injury. So having him play in the G League makes sense for now.
Ultimately, I believe the Knicks will likely need to sign at least Trier to an NBA contract at some point this season.
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