Obi Toppin Rumors
Obi Toppin let out tears of joy after the Knicks selected the Brooklyn native No. 8 overall in the 2020 NBA Draft on Wednesday. On Thursday his mother, Roni, shared a picture on Twitter that may have provided just a touch of foreshadowing of what was to come for her son and proved his Knicks fandom.
NBA drafts often will see teams get their holiday gifts early when other teams make unexpected picks ahead of them, thus paving the way for a top-of-the-line talent being on the board. That’s the case for these six below, all surprising because of how they fell in the draft, but the teams that picked them now get to be the beneficiaries. Obi Toppin, New York Knicks (No. 8): USA TODAY Sports’ national player of the year, Toppin can make an immediate impact with his athleticism and rim-rising ability in the open court. But it’s the intangibles that make Toppin such a game-changer, as he’s great on the pick-and-rolls and can step out to make threes. Expect for him to take in the New York spotlight with ease.
Mike Vorkunov: New Knicks forward Obi Toppin says he’s been watching Anthony Davis and Amar’e Stoudemire film during the pandemic. “A lot of people say I play like Amar’e Stoudemire so I’ve been looking at a lot of film on him and seeing how dominant (he was) and the hard work he put in.”
Stefan Bondy: The Knicks sent out a statement from Leon Rose: “As one of the highest ranked players on our draft board, Obi was someone we really coveted. He’s an explosive athlete and one of the most dynamic players in college basketball, which earned him the Naismith Player of the Year.”