Toppin hasn’t played for the Knicks since opening night after suffering a strained calf, but he is probable to make his return Wednesday vs. the Nets. Toppin was selected with the No. 8 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, and expectations are high for him with the Knicks. He finished with 12 shot attempts over 24 minutes in his first game of the year, resulting in 20.1 FanDuel points.
The Knicks remain shorthanded in their backcourt — Alec Burks and Frank Ntilikina remain out while Reggie Bullock is doubtful — but they suddenly have a bunch of options available in the frontcourt. Taj Gibson is also available to make his debut for the Knicks, and he and Toppin both figure to cut into Julius Randle’s playing time. Randle has been phenomenal for the Knicks this season, averaging 22.1 points, 11.2 rebounds, and 6.9 assists per game, but his fantasy outlook is not as bright with Toppin and Gibson officially in the mix.
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