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New York Knicks Summer League: Game Four Notes - Allonzo Trier & Mitchell Robinson Shine
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12 Jul 2018 09:31 PM EST

-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: New York Knicks guard Allonzo Trier brings the ball up against Boston. (Image Source: NBAE/Getty Images)

With Frank Ntilikina sitting out for a second-straight game, Allonzo Trier took over the lead guard role, a role the appears to suit him well. While the overall stat line wasn’t as good as his Game 3 effort, the undrafted rookie played his best game of the summer league on Thursday.

The Arizona product played completely under control, allowed the game to come to him, and was extremely efficient. We saw him beat the shot clock with a jumper after he created space for himself with his dribble. More than in the previous three games, Trier used hesitation to beat his man, get into the painted area, and the free throw line, where he was six-of-six. Love his change of pace and he still flashed some explosive quickness with a baseline drive and dunk. Trier finishes well and has the ability to draw fouls. He only attempted one three-pointer, which he stepped into and knocked down. For the game, he finished with 17 points on 5-of-8 shooting with four boards and four assists, which begs the question, is Trier better at point guard?

Knicks Summer League Notes: Game 1 | Game 2 | Game 3 |

Center Mitchell Robinson had one of the more impressive stat lines anyone will have in Las Vegas: 17 points on 8-for-10 from the field, with 12 rebounds, six blocks, and three steals. The kid is a high-flying shot blocker and finisher. 

From the opening minutes he was back it, crashing the offensive glass with seven offensive boards in total. He gave us put-back slams and athletic finishes off alley-oop passes. Yes, he’s very athletic, but it’s more than that. Robinson has good instincts and knows where to position himself. He makes mistakes, but also makes plays. On one of his blocks, Robinson had his body turned and used his off hand for the rejection.

It wasn’t the best of efforts for first-round pick Kevin Knox, who had been receiving nothing but praise to this point. Facing stronger defenders, including a player like Semi Ojeleye, who has experience guarding NBA caliber players, made for a rough game for Knox.  For the first time, we saw him force shots and play out of control at moments. He’s only 18 and there will be growing pains, as he shot 25 percent from the floor (5-for-20) on his way to a summer-league low 15 points against Boston.

There were positive moments too. We saw his fluid catch-and-shoot three-point ability, both from the elbow and the corner. Knox made a balletic play with a tough catch in transition before he smoothly drove against multiple defenders for a three-point play. A step through move and just one dribble from the three-point line for a layup. The Kentucky product also had a pretty pull up midrange jumper off the dribble with the defender closing out on him beyond the arc. 

The play of the game was a beautiful driving hook pass by Knox to Robinson who was full extension and slammed it down with the foul. 

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Second-year man Luke Kornet got his first taste of summer league play and looked a bit rusty (3-for-8). The seven-footer drained a turnaround baseline jumper in the early going and later showed his great range when he knocked down a deep triple as the trailer. Kornet did not look as comfortable defending the perimeter, as he was late on guarding the three, then allowed his man to drive by him from beyond the arc, and he also fouled a jump shooter.

Shooting guard Damyean Dotson had a couple of nice drives but his summer continues to be disappointing as he was just 2-for-7 from the field. Another player who could split time between the Knicks and Westchester who needs to do more is power forward Isaiah Hicks, who went scoreless in 12 minutes. He should be stronger in the post as a defender and had his only shot blocked. 

Wingman Tony Williams was more out of control than explosive against the Celtics, as he shot just 3-for-9, although he did swish one of his two three-point attempts (spot up three in transition). He also grabbed eight rebounds, dished out three assists, and continued to be active defensively. That activity did include a bad foul on a jump shooter with the shot clock winding down. 

Forward Juwan Howard Jr. can handle the ball some but scored just three points in 15 minutes, the same scoring total for Tyrius Walker who hit a three-pointer among his two shots in five minutes, both from beyond the arc. The DII man looks to be a pesky defender. 

In addition to Ntilikina, Paul Watson, Billy Garrett, Michael Gbinije, and Daniel Ochefu did not play.

Daniel Mogollon is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America. He is also a voter for the Thorpe and the Rotary Lombardi Award, as well as the Latino Sports MVP Awards. You can reach him via email: danmogollon@gmail.com.

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