According to Shams Charania of Competitive Sports, Obi Toppin’s father is a former Brooklyn street baseball player, nicknamed “Duncan’s Joy”. He will participate in the 2020-21 NBA Slam Dunk Contest. Make the Knicks and Julius Randle (Julius Randle) together become another representative of All-Star Weekend.
Toppin had laughed before that he might participate in the competition, but before Shams or Woj tweeted, no one knew it was official.
The source told @TheAthletic @Stadium that New York Knicks rookie Obi Toppin is expected to participate in the All-Star Sunday night NBA Slam Dunk Contest in Atlanta.
-Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 26, 2021
Toppin was the 8th overall pick in this year’s NBA Draft. He spent most of his time on the bench behind Randle. He missed the first 10 games of the season due to an injury and only played 12 minutes a night. He has yet to show off the full range of offensive Arsenal assigned to him on draft night, but Toppin did one thing. This shows the ability to dunk.
He got your standard high dunk.
He likes that basic dunk, you can reach a higher level than humans think.
Of course, like most of us, he can pass the ball to himself without rebounding, then put the ball between his legs in mid-air, and then kick the ball back violently.
To be honest, Toppin has always been a devout dunker, and it can be traced back to when he was in college.
In fact, Toppin remembers his first dunk. According to the description of the rookie in the Bleacher Report, he had thought of dunking for a lifetime, and finally threw one in the summer before graduating from high school.
Toppin said: “It’s pure relief.” “It’s really exciting. It took a long time. That’s why I still dunk every time now. Just like three or four years ago, I’m just getting started. Dunk. It’s still new to me. It’s still an amazing feeling every time.”
Obviously, this will be the eighth time the Knicks have someone in both the Slam Dunk Contest and the All-Star Game, which is really cool.
Sorry, the eighth Knicks participated in the All-Star Game and Dunk Contest:
1986: Ewing and Gerald Wilkins
1990&’91: Ewing and Kenny Walker
1992: Ewing and John Starks
1996: Ewing & Doug Christie
2010: David Lee and Nate Robinson
2013: Merlot/Tyson and James White
-Jonathan Macri (@JCMacriNBA) February 26, 2021
There is no other dunk contest participant’s name this year. This year’s game was played in the half of the All-Star Game, because you know the pandemic. Let Toppin represent the team very happy, because the last few Knicks (Dennis Smith Jr. and James White) participated in the game, but this does not necessarily make the team look great.
Toppin turns 23 a few days before the All-Star Weekend; what better way to celebrate than to praise himself as a top dunker? He certainly hopes to do this. We hope he will too.
Is Obi Toppin’s favorite dunk contest performer of all time? Zach LaVine, Vince Carter and Aaron Gordon:
“I will have to do a lot of research and come up with something that no one has seen before” pic.twitter.com/eD3MZQHfCM
-Knicks Film (@sny_knicks) February 26, 2021