4. Obi Toppin
Obi Toppin has also journeyed to the Midwest to join the Indiana Pacers. The 6-foot-9 and 220-pound newcomer arrives in Indiana fresh off some significant playoff experience with the New York Knicks.
In his three years with New York, Toppin averaged 49.2% from the field but never put up more than 10 points a game. He averaged 14.7 minutes during his tenure for the Knicks but tallied 11 points and four rebounds in 19 minutes of action.
Toppin has shown he can shoot from distance a bit, too, as he is a career 32.5% three-point shooter. In Wednesday night’s game vs. Washington, Toppin went two for five from deep.
Inserting the forward into the starting lineup gives the Pacers a younger, more athletic presence to not only complement center Myles Turner, and it also provides another inside-outside punch for Haliburton to play alongside.
In his Pacers’ debut, Toppin also had a steal and an assist. His +/- was a +7 when on the floor for Indiana, too.
Having Toppin in the lineup as a lob threat and potential floor-spacer will help maximize what Haliburton brings to the table.