Donovan Mitchell Allonzo Trier
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Allonzo Trier is a pleasant surprise for the New York Knicks. Given more time to develop, Trier may walk a path similar to Donovan Mitchell.

Geoffrey Campbell

The words potential, opportunity and development might as well be books in the bible for New York Knicks fans over the next several seasons. Perhaps no one more than Allonzo Trier symbolizes the dawn of a new beginning with his impressive play over the first 14 games.

Trier’s supreme confidence and natural scoring ability drew my eye to compare the undrafted talent to new-born star Donovan Mitchell.

Mitchell and Trier are different players with different sets of skills. Yet, both seem to have that prime-time quality and have exceeded expectations relative to draft position. Mitchell was drafted with the 13th pick in 2017 and traded to the Utah Jazz. The Louisville product did not have the cache like some of his peers, but Mitchell quickly separated himself in summer league.

Combining the 2017 summer league numbers from both Salt Lake City and Las Vegas, Mitchell averaged 20.4 points per game on 39 percent shooting over five games.

Trier for his efforts was no slouch as well. Over four summer league games in 2018, the undrafted Arizona product averaged 17 points per game on 45 percent shooting.

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