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NBA Christmas Day 2018: Meet New York Knicks rookie Allonzo Trier

While much will be made of Giannis Antetokounmpo making his Christmas debut - and rightly so - the young New York Knicks team that he's set to face features an intriguing trio of rookies in Kevin Knox, Mitchell Robinson and Allonzo Trier that are set to take centre stage.

NBA.com recently spent time with each of the Knicks rookies to chat about their experience, the NBA lifestyle and their unique situation.

Get to know Allonzo Trier

• Undrafted

• Won Gold at 2015 FIBA U19 World Championships

• College roommates with Chicago Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen

Coming into the season, fellow Knicks rookies Kevin Knox and Mitchell Robinson were getting all the buzz, but it didn't take long for Allonzo Trier to jump off the page. By now you know the story - Trier went undrafted in this past summer's NBA Draft but ended up signing a two-way deal with New York to start the season.

With the Knicks closing in on surpassing Trier's 45-day maximum allowance with the team, they decided to ink the rookie to a two-year, $7 million dollar deal. It's the biggest contract signed by a two-way player and the biggest first-year salary for a non-international undrafted player, and it's been earned.

In the early stages of his career, "Iso-Zo" has already drawn comparisons to one of the league's all-time great sixth men Jamal Crawford. Trier's averages of 17.4 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.9 assists per 36 minutes have given coach David Fizdale a reliable go-to option off the bench.

Trier has already gone over the 20-point mark four times this season, including his career-high 25 points in a 114-109 win over the New Orleans Pelicans earlier this year.

"I'm learning something new every single game," Trier told NBA.com. "There's a new (rookie) moment probably every single game that I'm learning more and more about myself and about this game.

"I'm improving and I look forward to every single night taking this floor."

Trier has been out since the beginning of the month with a left hamstring strain. Knicks' fans will be happy to welcome his scoring back to the lineup on Christmas Day.

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