Obi Toppin selected by Knicks with No. 8 pick in 2020 NBA Draft
The New York Knicks have selected former Dayton Flyers standout Obi Toppin with the No. 8 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.
Sources: New York selected Obi Toppin with the No. 8 pick in the NBA Draft.
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To many experts and analysts, Obi Toppin is viewed as one of the best offensive options in this draft class. At 6-foot-9 and 220 pounds, he has explosive power when attacking the rim, but he’s also capable of knocking down shots from the perimeter — a trait that many teams seek in today’s NBA. He shot 39.0 percent from downtown last season, though it’s worth noting that he took less than three attempts per game.
Simply put, Toppin was a monster for Dayton. In his final year with the team, he turned in averages of 20.0 points on 63.3 percent shooting from the field, 7.5 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game. As a result of his outstanding play in that campaign, the New York native earned National College Player of the Year honors from several media outlets.
Impressively, Toppin finished his college career with 1,096 points scored and a school-record 190 dunks. He had 107 dunks in his sophomore season at Dayton, which were the second-most of the past 10 years.
Toppin has drawn comparisons to several notable NBA big men, including Detroit Pistons rim-rocker Blake Griffin and former star Amar’e Stoudemire. While Toppin is an older prospect at 22 years old, he still has plenty of upside thanks to his talented offensive game. His defense is an area for concern, but the hope is he’s not a liability on that end of the court.
Let’s see how the Knicks choose to utilize Toppin’s talents.