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NBA Mock Trade: Thunder Give Obi Toppin Fresh Start

Second-year forward Obi Toppin could kickstart his career in a larger role with the Thunder.

Forward Obi Toppin was drafted by the New York Knicks with the No. 8 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. Early in his second season with the team, he’s still not a player that’s earned a significant role. In fact, through 95 career games, he’s averaged just 13.0 minutes per contest.

For many young players in the NBA, it takes time to adjust to the speed of the game. Often times, players don’t get into their groove until season three or four. Other times, players never hit their stride due to being in the wrong situation.

The Knicks are a team that would like to win now, which is a disadvantage for Toppin. On a rebuilding team in an increased role, a new situation could be a breath of fresh air for his career.

Would Toppin make sense for the Oklahoma City Thunder?

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