5 roster moves the New York Knicks need to make this offseason

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Apr 10, 2022; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks forward Obi Toppin (1) dunks the ball in front of Toronto Raptors forward Chris Boucher (25) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports /

Roster moves the New York Knicks need to make this offseason: 3. Pick up Obi Toppin’s team option

One of the brighest young stars of the Knicks’ squad, Obi Toppin has just finished the second year of his rookie deal. He developed nicely from his rookie season, almost doubling his averages in most of the basic statistical categories. He even improved his efficiency from the floor to over 53 percent.

This is where Toppin is at his best. He is a high-flying excitement machine who brings energy to the floor. When he gets out in transition, you can almost feel the anticipation inside Maddison Square Garden to see what dunk he will pull out of his arsenal. The impact this has on the atmosphere in the venue and his teammates is immeasurable.

Right now, Toppin has yet to fulfill the promise that is expected with a top ten pick in an NBA Draft. He is yet to average 10.0 points per game, he has not even averaged 4.0 rebounds per game, but it feels that Toppin is on the verge of a breakout season. What he needs is more playing time.

Toppin is due just under $6.0 million next season. For a player who flashes the potential that he does, this is cheap, especially if he comes into his own next year. Toppin will be hoping that more time opens up at either forward position so he can come into his own.