Obi Toppin on signing contract with Knicks: “We’re going to put New York back on the map”

Photo: Erik Schelkun, University of Dayton Athletics

Obi Toppin signed his first NBA contract, after being drafted by the Knicks as the eighth overall pick of the 2020 NBA Draft, which took place a few days earlier.

Toppin made his first appearance as a Knicks’ player and shared his thoughts on the future with the organization. The Dayton product said one of his goals is to bring the Knicks back to prominence, per Newsday.com.

(via Bleacher Report):

“New York has been down a couple years, and I feel like with the guys they have now, and myself added to that, I feel like we’re going to win a lot of games, and we’re going to put New York back on the map, for sure,” Toppin said.

The athletic 6′ 9” forward averaged 20.0 points and 7.5 rebounds during his sophomore season with Dayton. He had also 1.2 blocks and 1.0 steals per game.

His sweet shooting and his great skillset in offense led the Knicks to select Toppin with the eighth pick. The young forward could form a remarkable front-court duo with Mitchell Robinson.