Allonzo Trier
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Mitchell Robinson and Allonzo Trier are ready to take another step forward and help the New York Knicks bounce back this season.

The New York Knicks have had success at finding talent in unexpected places. Mitchell Robinson, a second-round pick, and the undrafted Allonzo Trier are two examples of general manager Scott Perry finding a diamond in the rough.

Entering their second seasons, Robinson and Trier are looking to build off of their impressive rookie campaigns. They are looking forward to the opportunity that a new season provides.

“Just come in and be better,” Trier said via Ian Begley of SNY. “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.”

Robinson is excited about playing with some new teammates. Despite a busy offseason, the Knicks are still a young team at their core.

“Just to bond with (new teammates), to grow with them. Hopefully we’ll be teammates for a long time. … They don’t know how I play, I don’t know how they play. We’ve played against each other. When training camp starts, (we’ll) just grind together and get that connection.”

Robinson averaged 7.3 points and 6.4 rebounds last season, but his most impressive stat was his 2.4 blocks per game. He’s a natural rim protector. Although he can be a tad overaggressive resulting in foul trouble, he should improve with more experience.

Trier can be a dynamic option off the bench for head coach David Fizdale. He averaged 10.9 points per game last season. Simply put, Trier is a bucket getter and that is always en vogue in the NBA.

NY/NJ hoops reporter (NBA/NCAA) & sports betting writer for XL Media. Never had the makings of a varsity athlete.