Future Watch: Obi Toppin Basketball Cards, New York Knicks

Future Watch: Obi Toppin Basketball Cards, New York Knicks – Obi Toppin was one of the few players in the 2020 NBA Draft with more questions concerning his ceiling than his floor. The consensus National Player of the Year, Toppin was robbed of a chance on the big stage in March to show that he could transcend his status as a player who dominated mid-major competition at Dayton by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Imagine such a player emerging a mere two years after actually redshirting at said mid-major. After that, the lightly-recruited Toppin came from nowhere to become the first freshman to make the first team All-Atlantic 10 and to win the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year since Lamar Odom exactly 20 years prior.

Between Toppin’s post-high school year in prep ball at Mt. Zion and his emergence in college, he grew four inches to his present frame of 6’9”. It is for this reason that he excels as a stretch four, having built a game that existed well before his growth spurt. His shooting, primarily from outside, is beyond reproach, even though his free throw rate is below where it should be for a gunner of his skill level. As a player who will have to be something of a forward tweener, so long as Julius Randle and RJ Barrett both remain on the Knicks roster, Toppin needs to refine his post moves for his minutes at power forward and will have to translate his athleticism into better on-ball defense for his minutes at small forward.

Having missed several games due to a calf injury, Toppin’s minutes per game have been few as he worked his way back, but they have been impactful on occasion – none more so than his 12 points and five assists in only 17 minutes against Boston:

Badly needing players with big upside, New York nonetheless gratefully picked Toppin when he fell to the eighth pick in the draft, but if they are successful in his development and his ceiling becomes as impressive as his floor, then he will become a franchise player.

Obi Toppin rookie cards can be found in early products this year, including his first NBA-uniformed cards in 2020-21 Panini Hoops.

Future Watch: Obi Toppin Basketball Cards, New York Knicks – Stats

Per Game Table
Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% eFG% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
2020-21 22 NYK NBA PF 15 0 11.7 1.8 4.1 .435 0.5 1.9 .276 1.3 2.2 .576 .500 0.5 0.6 .778 0.3 2.3 2.6 0.5 0.2 0.4 0.6 0.8 4.6
Career NBA 15 0 11.7 1.8 4.1 .435 0.5 1.9 .276 1.3 2.2 .576 .500 0.5 0.6 .778 0.3 2.3 2.6 0.5 0.2 0.4 0.6 0.8 4.6
Provided by Basketball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 2/8/2021.

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