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Allonzo Trier says Knicks has ‘no excuse’ not to improve next season


The New York Knicks didn’t quite have the summer they expected. Nevertheless, guard Allonzo Trier thinks the Knicks should be better, and there’s no excuse for them not to be.

“Just come in and be better,” Trier said, per Ian Begley of SNY.TV. “Obviously, there’s no question that we have more talent across the board, which can always be more helpful. Now it will be on us to execute Coach Fizdale’s plan for us and to come together and find a way to be a better basketball team, which there should be no excuse for with the talent that we have coming into this season. It will be a great opportunity for us.”

The Knicks missed out on nearly every marquee free agent, including their top targets Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. Even before free agency, New York lucked out on the ping-pong balls after failing to land the no. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NBA draft, subsequently losing the Zion Williamson sweepstakes.

Still, despite their disastrous summer, the Knicks will still enter the 2019-20 season with a better roster compared to the one they fielded in 2018-19. They added a bevy of power forwards in Julius Randle, Marcus Morris, Bobby Portis, and Taj Gibson. They also selected R.J. Barrett with the 3rd overall pick in this year’s draft.

New York is also expecting some of their incumbent young prospects to take another step next season. This includes the 23-year old Trier, along with the likes of Dennis Smith Jr. and Mitchell Robinson.

The Knicks found themselves a gem in Trier after he went undrafted in 2018. Initially signing a two-way contract in July 2018, Trier became the first player on a two-way deal to sign a standard NBA contract within the first two months of the season. The Knicks have him on the books for $3.5 million this upcoming season.

The Arizona standout averaged 10.9 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 1.9 assists across 22.8 minutes per contest in his 64-game rookie campaign.