New York Knicks forward Obi Toppin hasn't quite lived up to the expectations of being a No. 8 overall pick. It's obvious Toppin is still trying to find his role in the NBA after being a high-flyer at Dayton, but he's given New York an intriguing depth option at the very least over the past two seasons.
With Toppin's rookie deal soon expiring, the Knicks have made a decision on his fourth-year option.
New York is picking up the option, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. That means Toppin's contract now runs until the 2023-24 campaign.
Toppin's rookie season was much quieter than his some of 2020 lottery peers, averaging a meager 4.1 points and 2.2 rebounds per game. He improved as a scorer last campaign, upping his PPG to 9.0 while adding 3.7 RPG. However, his struggles beyond the arc (30.7% over his first two seasons) have been a clear factor holding him back from taking the next step offensively.
Not much has changed for the 24-year-old this season. He's averaging 16.0 minutes per game (down slightly from 17.1 in 2021-22), 9.3 PPG and 3.7 RPG.
Given his pedigree as a top draft pick and successful college career, Toppin still has value as a trade chip for a team willing to take a chance on his potential. New York seems unwilling to unleash him in a bigger role as of yet, especially with Julius Randle ahead of him on the depth chart, but picking up his option affords the team more time to see what he can develop into.
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