With losses piling up for the New York Knicks and March Madness just beginning, Knick fans now have the opportunity to play general manager. Draft prospect, New York native and current Dayton’s star Obi Toppin along with current Knick center Mitchell Robinson could be similar to former Los Angeles Clippers Allstar front-court, DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin.
Although Dayton’s leading scorer Obi Toppin’s physical frame is imposing against his collegiate competition, Blake Griffin was stronger and even more physical which made Blake a stronger rebounder. Griffin entered the NBA at 6’10 240lbs. Blake Griffin rarely got knocked off his spots which scouts see as a concern for Obi Toppin. The 6’9″ 220lbs forward/center from Dayton separates himself from Blake Griffin due to Toppin’s ability to stroke the three-point shot. NBA three-point range for a power forward/center is a luxury and a necessity in today’s brand of basketball. Toppin’ is shooting .417 percent from three-point range during his entire time at Dayton. Griffin shot .300 from three-point range in two seasons at Oklahoma.
The New York Knicks could use a three-point sniper at the power forward position. Obi Toppin fits the bill. The 22-year-old is also an underrated passer. Playing alongside Mitchell Robinson and RJ Barrett could cause havoc against defenses in the future especially with a very good point guard in the mix. Toppin’ is also an above the rim lob threat just like a young Blake Griffin.
The 21-year-old Mitchell Robinson’s potential is still through the roof as he projects to be a better shooting DeAndre Jordan. Mitchell Robinson and Obi Toppin would make a crowd favorite, athletic front-court for the future of the Knicks.