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Jacob Toppin Making A Strong Impression With The Westchester Knicks

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A Toppin is indeed playing a pivotal role in the Knicks‘ victories, but not in the way one might have anticipated back in 2020.

Jacob Toppin, the sibling of former New York Knick Obi, has been showcasing remarkable performance for the team’s G League affiliate in Westchester. Across the last three games, Toppin boasts an impressive average of 26.3 points and 9.7 rebounds per game, including a notable 37-point, 10-rebound double-double in a triumph against Raptors 905.

During this stretch, Westchester (5-2) has surged to the top of the G League’s East division standings.

The ascent of the younger Toppin doesn’t come as a surprise to Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau. Even though Thibodeau only collaborated with the undrafted rookie during training camp and the preseason, it’s evident that Toppin has made a lasting impact on him.

“I like him a lot,” Thibodeau said, per Stefan Bondy of the New York Post. “I like the way he works. He’s done a good job. I think just for him, the challenge will be developing consistency with his shot. But he’s a very good all-around player.”

Emerging from Kentucky, Toppin didn’t carry the same NBA prospect status as his brother Obi, who was the eighth overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. Despite the elder Toppin’s challenging journey to secure a consistent role in the Knicks’ rotation, marked by his high-profile selection, he was traded to the Indiana Pacers during the summer.

Similar to his brother, Toppin brings an unparalleled sense of athleticism. His time in Westchester has revealed an expanded skill set, demonstrating the ability to handle the ball and outmaneuver defenders off the dribble. Standing at 6-8 and weighing 200 lbs., Toppin’s versatility as a post threat adds a potential x-factor to Westchester as they navigate their first season back in White Plains after three years in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

During training camp in October, Toppin conveyed a desire to carve out his own distinct skillset, separate from his brother’s.


“We’re two different people,” Toppin said, per Steve Popper of Newsday. “Obviously, we’re going to be different players. I feel like I could bring a lot defensively. I think I could guard multiple positions. I’m just very versatile on that side. Obviously, whatever the team needs me to do, I’m going do.” 

Westchester will resume action on Wednesday night at Westchester County Center, squaring off against Boston’s affiliate from Maine (7 p.m. ET, MSG/ESPN+).

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