Where He Went on Draft Night: No. 8
Stats: 4.0 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 11.2 PER
Actual Pick: Payton Pritchard
Too far of a drop? I understand if you feel that way. But there were legitimate questions about Toppin heading into the draft, namely his advanced age (22) for a high lottery pick—and the track record of the “older” guys taken in the lottery ain’t exactly sterling. Toppin’s first year in the league hasn’t featured the highlights we saw during his days at Dayton. Nor has it featured that much playing time under coach Tom Thibodeau who loves him some vets. Toppin’s a work in progress for sure—most especially defensively where he looks completely lost—and those Amar’e Stoudemire comparisons were a little too hyperbolic. But he’s too athletic for his size with a high offensive ceiling to pass up this far down.