The New York Knicks had the eighth pick in the 2020 NBA Draft and selected Dayton F Obi Toppin on Wednesday night virtually from ESPN’s headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut. After finishing 21-45 last season, the Knicks had the sixth-best odds to win the draft lottery. They fell to the No. 8 slot and were in search of adding more talent before the 2021 offseason. Here we’ll take a look at their first-round pick and the impact on the roster and in fantasy basketball.
The Knicks have been trying to land big-time free agents for what seems like forever. The allure of New York City isn’t what it used to be and as a result, the Knicks have had to try and build through the draft. That started with last year’s first-round pick RJ Barrett, who will have the chance to become a solid starter in the NBA. Mitchell Robinson, a 2018 second-round pick, is the other promising young prospect on the roster. Other than that, it’s pretty underwhelming.
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Toppin was the National College Player of the Year last season and averaged 20 points and 7.5 rebounds per game in his final season at Dayton. His athleticism gives him tremendous scoring ability around the rim, but his offense could be limited by the talent in front of him. Julius Randle led the Knicks in points (19.7), rebounds (9.7), and assists (3.1) per game last season at power forward so it’s unclear how Toppin will fit in with New York. Don’t expect to see huge numbers from the rookie, as Barrett and Randle could dominate the ball on offense.