Like so many of his points scored at UD, some of Toppin’s first points came on a dunk, though his first NBA dunk was a little less spectacular than this between-the-legs slam. Photo courtesy of Flyer News.
Former University of Dayton men’s basketball stand-out Obi Toppin made his NBA debut Friday night for the New York Knicks in preseason action against the Detroit Pistons, scoring 11 points and grabbing 7 rebounds in 20 minutes of game action in the Knicks’ 90-84 win.
Toppin’s first points came with 2:09 left in the first quarter. Taking a pass in the high post, Toppin backed down his defender, spun toward the basket, hesitated, and went down the baseline for lay-up, which he made after switching the ball from his left to right hand.
— NEW YORK KNICKS ON MSG (@KnicksMSGN) December 12, 2020
Just four game minutes later, with 11:00 left in the second quarter, Toppin grabbed a loose rebound, brought the ball up the court, passed it off to a teammate, before running behind the basket and establishing himself inbounds to receive a gift-wrapped pass to set up his first NBA dunk.
Just an awesome sequence from Obi Toppin. Such a fun player. Knicks fans got a good one. pic.twitter.com/JkEhK4zTKU
— Mike Schmitz (@Mike_Schmitz) December 12, 2020
By the end of the game, Toppin had amassed 7 rebounds, while pouring in 11 points on 4-9 shooting from the field, 3-5 on free throws. He also dished out an assist and blocked a shot, but finished the game with 4 personal fouls.
Although its just a preseason game, Toppin put up solid numbers in his first NBA action.
The rookie will once again face the Pistons Sunday at 7 p.m., before the preseason wraps up with two home games against the Cavaliers on Dec. 16 and 18, both at 7:30 p.m.