Axel Toupane (born July 23, 1992) is a French professional basketball player for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association on a two-way contract with the Wisconsin Herd of the NBA G League. Toupane also represents the senior French national team in international events. At 2.01 m (6'7") tall and 101 kg (223 lbs.), he plays at the shooting guard and small forward positions.
Toupane is the son of Jean-Aimé Toupane, a basketball coach and former player of Senegalese descent, and a French mother.
On December 3, 2020, Toupane signed with the Golden State Warriors. On December 18, 2020, the Warriors released him.
On January 12, 2021, Toupane was included on the roster of the Warriors' affiliate, the Santa Cruz Warriors, for the 2020–21 season that took place at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex of Walt Disney World Resort, located near Orlando.
On March 14, 2021, the Milwaukee Bucks announced that they had signed Toupane to a two-way contract.
Toupane returned to full health and showing off his improved skill set over his time with Santa Cruz Warriors where he averaged 17.9 points on .544/.386/.739 shooting, 8 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.7 steals in nine regular season appearances.
Showing an improved physique after his spate of injuries, Toupane now gives the Bucks more size, athleticism and positional versatility on the wing.
But Toupane brings a little more than juice than just being prototypical 3-and-D wing that all NBA teams are seeking. To that point, Toupane sports some creativity off the dribble, whether it’s with a head of steam in transition or showing off some shake in pick-and-rolls.
To maximize his role in the NBA and in Milwaukee, Toupane will surely put his exquisite cutting ability and timing to good use. And with his superb finishing skills at his size, Toupane astoundingly put down 29 of his 33 attempts within the restricted area in the G League this season, per the G League’s stats database.