Jacob Toppin admitted it was “kind of crazy” that his long-awaited first NBA points came on a dunk Thursday night, and the rookie clearly is looking forward to following in older brother Obi’s footsteps by representing the Knicks at the Slam Dunk Contest during All-Star weekend later this month.
Jacob Toppin was pressed into service with the Knicks shorthanded because of injuries and their trade earlier in the day, and the two-way forward scored two points in 12 minutes — his first rotation minutes in the NBA — in a 122-108 loss to the Mavericks at the Garden.
“It was a surreal moment,” the 23-year-old Toppin said of his dunk off an offensive rebound with 5:09 remaining in the fourth quarter. “This is the league, so everyone has to stay ready, and that’s what we did today. Obviously we didn’t come out with the W, but we fought hard, and that’s all you can ask for.”