Former Arizona basketball star Allonzo Trier has been playing great for the New York Knicks.
Unlike Phoenix Suns rookie Deandre Ayton, Allonzo Trier had a long career for the Arizona basketball program. Trier, now a rookie with the New York Knicks, was in Tucson for three years between 2015 and 2018.
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while Ayton was a one-and-done. But while Ayton has been the most talked rookie out of Arizona so far, Trier is beginning to snag his own headlines in the Big Apple.
On November 2nd, Trier notched his first-ever NBA game with 20-plus points as he helped the Knicks to their third win of the season. In just 24 minutes, the undrafted rookie led the team with 23 points off the bench en route to a 118-106 win over Dallas.
Most impressive of all, though, is the manner in which Trier got those 23 points. Rather than shooting a ton of time, Trier was an efficient 8-for-10 from the field with six successful free throws (out of seven). The only two shots he missed were from downtown as he went 1-for-3 from three-point land.
While the performance was certainly a breakout and his new career high, it was actually his third consecutive game in double figures. Over the course of his last three games, he’s averaging 16.3 points while shooting 19-for-24 from the field. That’s right, the 6-foot-5 rookie has only missed five shots in his last three games, and just two have been two-point shots.
During this three-game span, Trier has played exactly 24 minutes per game. On the season, however, he hasn’t played more than 26 minutes in a single contest and is averaging 21.3 minutes per night overall.
Because he’s been so efficient, it wouldn’t surprise me to see him get either more minutes or a chance to start. With the Knicks being just 3-6, they will definitely be tinkering with things and the former Arizona star has proven capable.