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Iowa Wolves Select Allonzo Trier With No. 4 Overall Pick in G League Draft

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The upcoming G League season will start this February down in Orlando, Florida.

Oklahoma City Thunder v New York Knicks Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

The 2020-21 NBA G League Draft was officially held yesterday, with 17 teams having the ability to draft a deep list of familiar players during the three-round event, which was conducted (like everything else in life) via Zoom.

Only players signed to a 2020-21 NBA G League “Standard Player Contract” were eligible to be drafted, and teams were not technically required to make any selections in the draft (although, once a team declines a pick, they no longer had the ability to make any selections for the remainder of the draft).

With the Iowa Wolves slotted to pick fourth overall, the top three picks of the G League Draft went like this:

  1. Greensboro Swarm: Admiral Schofield
  2. Memphis Hustle: Freddie Gillespie
  3. Canton Charge: Antonio Blakeney

When it was time to finally make their decision, the Wolves selected 24-year old Allonzo Trier, a five-star high school recruit out of Seattle, Washington who ended up playing three seasons at the University of Arizona:

Trier went undrafted back in 2018, and eventually signed a two-way contract with the New York Knicks. In his first two NBA seasons, the former Wildcat appeared in 88 games, averaged 9.7 points and shot 38.4% from three. A quick YouTube search brings up a fairly strong compilation of highlights from the former Knick during his short career thus far:

To the untrained eye (which is exactly what I possess), his game reminds me a *little* of how Jaylen Nowell looked in college. Trier is, as the kids say, a “walking bucket” and should get plenty of run with the Iowa Wolves down in the Orlando bubble, which is scheduled to kick off in February.

Speaking of the G League bubble — as far as I know, a lot still remains unknown about how exactly that will all play out. I’m fairly certain players on two-way contracts will not be participating, and we shouldn’t expect a lot (or any for that matter) of guys moving back-and-forth from the bubble to the big leagues dur to various COVID-19 protocols. (If you know anything else about the upcoming bubble, please feel free to share that information below in the comments).

Either way, Trier looks like a fun option for the Iowa coaching staff to get their hands on, and continues a theme of Gersson Rosas and his entire Minnesota Timberwolves staff leaving no stone unturned as it pertains to working the margins to find developmental projects.

A full list of the 2020-21 G League Draft results can be found below:

ROUND ONE

  1. Greensboro – Admiral Schofield
  2. Memphis – Freddie Gillespie
  3. Canton – Antonio Blakeney
  4. Iowa – Allonzo Trier
  5. Lakeland – Tahjere McCall
  6. Canton – Anthony Lamb
  7. Oklahoma City – Zavier Simpson
  8. Lakeland – D.J. Hogg
  9. Westchester – Justin Patton
  10. Rio Grande Valley – Armoni Brooks
  11. Raptors 905 – Kevon Harris
  12. Rio Grande Valley – Jarron Cumberland
  13. Oklahoma City – Vincent Edwards
  14. Austin – Jonathan Kasibabu
  15. Raptors 905 – Gary Payton II
  16. Memphis – Anthony Cowan Jr.
  17. Iowa – Dakarai Tucker
  18. Salt Lake City – Passed

ROUND TWO

  1. Delaware – Jemerrio Jones
  2. Fort Wayne – Oshae Brissett
  3. Westchester – Passed
  4. Iowa – Passed
  5. Long Island – Passed
  6. Agua Caliente – Passed
  7. Fort Wayne – Quincy McKnight
  8. Agua Caliente – Passed
  9. Santa Cruz – Selom Mawugbe
  10. Raptors 905 – Passed
  11. Memphis – Passed
  12. Austin – Anthony Mathis
  13. Erie – Passed
  14. Greensboro – Passed
  15. Austin – Kaleb Johnson
  16. Santa Cruz – Passed
  17. Memphis –Passed
  18. Oklahoma City – Rob Edwards
  19. Salt Lake City – Passed

ROUND THREE

  1. Greensboro – Passed
  2. Erie – Passed
  3. Westchester – Passed
  4. Delaware – Braxton Key
  5. Iowa – Passed
  6. Long Island – Passed
  7. Oklahoma City – Passed
  8. Fort Wayne – Passed
  9. Canton – Passed
  10. Raptors 905 – Passed
  11. Delaware – Passed
  12. Lakeland – Passed
  13. Memphis – Passed
  14. Canton – Passed
  15. Raptors 905 – Passed