Knicks rookie Obi Toppin provides sneak peek into plans for NBA dunk contest
Obi Toppin hasn’t officially been named a contestant in the NBA Dunk Contest during All-Star weekend just yet. But when — or if — he does get named to the dunk contest as a member of the New York Knicks, Toppin shared a sneak peek into what he could have planned during the event.
“Yeah, for sure. I grew up watching my dad,” Toppin said, via Steve Popper of Newsday. “My dad’s nickname is ‘Dunkers Delight.’ He had a lot of trick dunks when he was playing with the Court Kings and all the other teams he played for. Maybe I might pull out one of his dunks. we’ll have to see. He definitely had some tricks. I think I have better ones.”
After being selected with the eighth overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, Toppin has had a relatively quiet rookie season with the Knicks. The high-flying Dayton product has seen limited minutes and has dealt with an injury earlier in the season.
Despite his forgetful numbers thus far, Toppin has shown flashes of his athletic ability during the season, dunking on opponents when he has the chance. With his ability to dunk the ball, it’s expected that the NBA will allow him to take part in the dunk contest on All-Star weekend.
Players never like to share what they have planned in the dunk contest as they want to surprise the fans who are watching. Even though he was mum on what dunks he could pull out, Toppin insinuated that he could mimic one of his dunks that his father — Obadiah Toppin, a former streetball player — if he gets an opportunity to.