The New York Knicks seem to like what they have seen in Allonzo Trier’s game, especially his shooting from the perimeter. As a result, he says the team is asking him to shoot more 3s in the coming season:
“It’s something Coach talked to me about,” Trier told Mike Vorkunov of The Athletic in a recent interview. “‘You shoot it so good.’ And the front office talked to me about I need to shoot more 3s off the catch, as soon as I can get it let it fly. They said you have such a beautiful stroke and shoot such a high percentage that you have to get more off so you can get — according to analytics, the more I get off and I shoot at a high percentage then it’ll be good for us. Not only myself but as a basketball team, so that’s one thing I’ve been focused on doing.”
Trier signed a two-way deal with the Knicks after going undrafted in the 2018 NBA Draft. After showing his unique set of skills with the Westchester Knicks, New York decided to offer the former Arizona Wildcat a standard contract.
Trier made 64 appearances with New York in his rookie season, racking up averages of 10.9 points on 44.8 percent shooting from the field (39.4 percent from beyond the arc), 3.1 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 22.8 minutes per outing.
Now entering his sophomore season in the NBA, Trier says the game is starting to slow down a bit:
“I’ve been able to see the floor better, just the game is slowing down for me, being able to make reads, shooting the ball, playing off the ball, catch and shooting off the ball, just different things like that,” Trier told The Athletic. “Obviously you still gotta continue to work on the things you’re good at and try to become elite at them. I think I’ve done a good job of working on those things, and I’m going to continue to the rest of this offseason.”
The Knicks finished the 2018-19 regular season with a disappointing 17-65 overall record, which left the team well out of the playoff hunt. Hopefully, with an offseason to improve, they’ll find their way back into contention.