Allonzo Trier is a budding star
We’re only one game into the 2018-19 NBA season, but let’s face it, it’s obvious who the New York Knicks’ best rookie is right now.
It’s Allonzo Trier.
Trier looked like the best player between himself, Kevin Knox and Mitchell Robinson during the preseason, as well as during New York’s regular season opener against the Atlanta Hawks.
Here are three reasons why:
Trier is almost 23 years-old
Maturity. Most rookies are coming into the NBA at the age of 18 or 19 years-old.
Robinson is 20 years-old and turns 21 in April, which is great given the fact that he’s only one year removed from high school. He skipped college to train for the NBA and looks like he has a lot of potential. But he’s raw due to the fact that he’s young ad his body needs to fill out more.
The same goes for Knox who just turned 19 years-old in August.
When it comes to Trier, he’s 22 years-old and will be 23 in January. After playing three years of college ball at the University of Arizona, he’s clearly ready to make an immediate impact in the NBA.
Thanks to every other NBA team passing on Trier, due to some off the court concerns, the Knicks likely landed a gem.
Trier is more confident than younger rookies like Knox because he’s played ball at a higher level for a longer time. He spent more than one year in college and is clearly convinced that he belongs in the NBA and is proving it night in and night out.
Trier is the reason the Knicks no longer need veteran Courtney Lee. Which is an entirely different article.
The worst thing that NBA teams did was not draft Trier because they’ve motivated a confident player that now has a chip on his shoulder to prove that not selecting him was a big mistake.
Motivation is very powerful and everyone who watches Trier play can see that.
I don’t know what kind of season Trier will have, but I think we will see more good than bad from him going forward.
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