Tom Thibodeau hails Obi Toppin's progress

Tom Thibodeau hails Obi Toppin’s progress

Last season, Julius Randle remained a starter until the end. This year, the Knicks being already far from the playoffs, the interior can cure his pain in the quadriceps and more easily give way to his replacement: Obi Toppin. This night against the Nets, the one who had never been in the five as a rookie chained a third tenure in a row.

And after two outings to 20 points, the usual substitute still scored 19 points (7/13 on shots) while enjoying one of his longest career playing times (43 minutes).

Obi was awesome. He brought a lot of energy and showed that he was comfortable. We needed that. He got some easy shots and he helped a lot – helped me a lot – on defense today. Obi is very active, he is a player who can also score without having to have the ball in his hands. He’s always a guy you want to play with “Notes RJ Barrett about him.

Their coach, Tom Thibodeau, probably has a more nuanced opinion on the matter. Prior to this end of the season without a stake, Obi Toppin was indeed rarely mobilized beyond ten or fifteen minutes of play, including when Julius Randle was in the middle of crossing the desert.

Get even better

The interior can now take advantage of a favorable context to make his coach understand that he can count on him. ” I believe he is learningsays about him Tom Thibodeau, who appreciates his work ethic. He had a really good streak where he carried the ball and really attacked the circle, including in the fourth quarter. I want him to keep attacking like that. In my opinion, this is one of its great strengths. You’re not going to be subtle at this point in the game. You just have to attack the circle. And he has that ability. He is making very good progress. Overall, I’m very satisfied with him. »

We imagine that the coach is referring to his player’s authoritarian tap dunk, in front of Kyrie Irving, or his dribble attack, baseline, ending with a nice left-handed finish in front of Kevin Durant.

In addition to his offensive performance, Obi Toppin used his athletic qualities to counter three shots. He also grabbed 5 rebounds and distributed 3 assists.

I feel like I’ve improved on a lot of things, but I’m very demanding of myself. I can definitely improve in a lot of areas of my game, defending, shooting, passing, penetrating to find the player in the opposite corner. There are still a lot of things to improve in me. “, agreed the person concerned, earlier in the week, convinced that the repetition is the basis of his progress.

15 point average

With the increase in his playing time, his statistics are in any case logically tending to climb at the moment. For eight matches, including five as a starter, he has averaged 15 points, 5 rebounds and 1 against with very good percentages (56% including 40% from afar) in 28 minutes of play.

In these last games, I’m starting to realize that I have more minutes, and I’m starting to see the little mistakes I’m making. I can correct them by studying them. I wouldn’t know what to do if I wasn’t put in these situations. Having this opportunity helps me a lot “, Continues the 8th choice of the Draft 2020.

He would particularly like to be able to prove his worth in defense, a particularly important sector in the eyes of his coach. ” Being able to defend on all positions is the most important element (which I have to develop): be able to change on Kyrie (Irving), (Stephen) Curry or Kevin Durant, defend on these athletes. I want to be a very good defender because it will take it to the next level “, judged the strong winger by promising:” I’m far from at the top of my game, I’ll keep working to get there. »

Obi Toppin Percentage Bounces
Season Team GM Minimum Shots 3 points LF Off Def Early pd party Int bp CT Points
2020-21 NYK 62 11 49.8 30.6 73.1 0.4 1.8 2.2 0.5 0.9 0.3 0.4 0.2 4.1
2021-22 NYK 69 16 52.2 26.8 76.1 0.9 2.7 3.6 1.0 1.4 0.3 0.8 0.4 8.0
Total 131 14 51.4 28.2 75.5 0.7 2.3 3.0 0.8 1.2 0.3 0.6 0.3 6.2

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