New York Knicks: Player Grades For Summer League

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New York Knicks Summer League Grades: Obi Toppin

The hope from all Knicks fans for Toppin during his first Summer League was to see him show improvement by displaying consistency and dominating NBA caliber competition. While at times he understandably struggled, in a couple of games he shined.

Toppin played so well in fact that he made the NBA’s All Summer League First Team.

It began with his dominating 24 point performance against Toronto. He shot only 2-10 from three that first game, but followed it up with a 3-6 shooting night from deep the next day vs Indiana, finishing with 22. His best game came against Detroit, when he compiled 31 points (13-20, 2-5 from three), 9 rebounds, 3 steals, and two blocks. It was also his best defensive game, an area that he has continued to make strides. Even in the other contests where he struggled to be efficient or hang on to the basketball, there was still plenty to like from Toppin. For example, Toppin was only 8-20 from the field vs the Cavs. That’s not great, but he showed great resiliency by scoring 17 of his 21 in the second half.

Ultimately, the best part of Toppin’s Summer League was the confidence he displayed. Sure, as a second-year former lottery pick it is expected of him to play well in a Summer League environment. However, in his small role last year it was very obvious at times that Toppin was lost on the court. Toppin was nothing short of aggressive in all areas of his game these last few weeks, which is huge for his development. His recognition for his play and the wins he was able to be a large part of should only boost his confidence as he enters the 2021-22 season.

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