Obi Toppin is expected to be in the NBA’s AT&T 2021 Slam Dunk competition. This year the all-star events will not be spread throughout a weekend. The only events held will be on Sunday, March 7th. The Slam Dunk competition will be at halftime of the All-Star Game. There is no announcement of the format changes as of yet.
The city of Atlanta is the host even though the event will be closed to the public. There has been controversy surrounding holding the event in Atlanta during the pandemic. The NBA has tried to minimize the exposure risk by taking precautions. One of those precautions is flying the participants in on the day of the events.
Two young players expected to join New York's Obi Toppin in the All-Star Slam Dunk competition on March 7: Portland's Anfernee Simons and Indiana's Cassius Stanley, sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 28, 2021
Obi Toppin has been known as a great dunker since his college days at Dayton. He has even shown some of his creative dunks on social media. Obi is the first person known to be in the contest this year, so far. Anfernee Simons and Cassius Stanley are expected to also compete. Zion Williamson has not made a commitment to participating in the Slam Dunk competition. When asked he has left the door open to competing. The reigning champion Derrick Jones Jr. has not commented on his status for the event.
Obi Was Known For His Dunks at Dayton
At Dayton Obi Toppin was well known for his forceful dunks. He was known as the best dunker in college basketball last year. Check out this compilation on in-game dunks:
Obi Has Winning Potential
Obi’s teammates have raved about his dunks in practices. Some of these dunks have shown up on social media throughout the season.
— Overtime (@overtime) January 25, 2021
Knicks have a history of winning the NBA’s Dunk Contest
Nate Robinson 2006, 2009, and 2010 Champion
Nate Robinson is the latest Knick to win the NBA dunk contest. He is a 3x winner.
Kenny ‘Sky’ Walker 1989 Champion
Obi Toppin should be motivated to be the Knicks’ third Slam Dunk champion. He’s competing for more than a trophy and a title. The typical prize money from winning the dunk contest is $200,000. We are only a week away from March 7th’s AT&T Slam Dunk competition.
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