Obi Toppin’s fame rose furthermore after the 2021 Slam Dunk Contest where he put up creative and phenomenal dunks. But, he was later defeated by his opponent, Anfernee Simons who is currently playing for the Trail Blazers.
Toppin was drafted 8th overall by the New York Knicks in the 2020 NBA Draft.
1. Only Played As a Senior in High School
The high-flying power forward of the Knicks only played for one year as a senior in Ossining and led the theam to its first conference title in a decade.
Toppin almost averaged a double-double stat line. He averaged 20.6 points, 8.1 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. This means that Toppin was not only a skillful offensive player but a defender as well.
2. Played For The Dayton Flyers In College
During his college career, Toppin played for the Dayton Flyers. He was named Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year after leading his team in scoring as a freshman with the Dayton Flyers.
Kostas Antetokounmpo, the younger brother of “The Greek Freak” also played for the Dayton Flyers.
3. Breakout Season as a Sophomore Flyer
Toppin had an extraordinary season during his sophomore year, he earned the National College Player of the Year and the Atlantic 10 Player of the Year.
He averaged 20 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.2 blocks as a sophomore. Toppin was then later named to the first team All-Atlantic and the Atlantic 10 Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Year.
4. Dunked Over His Idol
During the 2021 NBA Slam Dunk Contest, Toppin dunked over his father and his teammate, Julius Randle. This was a dream come true for him because his inspiration, while he was growing up, is his father, Obadiah, a streetball legend whose nickname is “Dunkers Delight”
“I grew up watching him,” Toppin shared. “Every team he played on he was — his name was Dunkers Delight, so that speaks for itself,” Toppin added.
5. The Accolade Man
Toppin might have a closet full of trophies before joining the NBA in 2020 since because he earned alot of awards.
Toppin was a consensus first team All-American selection, was the nation’s top power forward, winning the Karl Malone Award and was the consensus National Player of the Year after being named the Associated Press College Basketball Player of the Year, NABC Player of the Year, Naismith College Player of the Year, and awarded the Oscar Roberston Trophy and the John R. Wooden Award. Not only that, but he also collected the National Player of the Year honors from CBS Sports, The Athletic, NBC Sports and USA Today.
Toppin ended his college career with 1, 096 points and 190 dunks, the record of the school.
Toppin is now averaging 4.7 points, 2.5 rebounds 0.6 assists while shooting 48.6% in 12.7 minutes per game.