He is long and gets into the passing lanes but will struggle defending on the perimeter early on in his NBA career. He’s an explosive above-the-rim athlete, and his redshirt sophomore year at Dayton contained highlight-reel dunk after highlight-reel dunk. But if the Warriors are keeping it, or even trading back a couple of spots, Toppin should absolutely be in the mix. Indeed of the 14 players taken by the Warriors since Bob Myers joined the franchise as assistant General Manager in 2011, only three other selections taken from the NCAA (Harrison Barnes, Patrick McCaw, and Jordan Poole) played only two seasons of college ball. He can get plenty of buckets of the more challenging variety as well, as his 39% 3-point shooting from last season attests. He does struggle to keep up defensively at times, but he’s a late-bloomer, and his work ethic should carry him. Add in the fact that the Warriors don’t really have that much time left with their current core at their prime and Toppin can help you win now, and you have to question whether it’s a risk you want to take if you’re Golden State. Under the current management, only Kevon Looney was a one-and-done, and he took three years to start producing. Wiseman, Avdija, Okoro and Haliburton all are likely possibilities as well. Rebounding: 8. But what if there were a player available in this draft who could help right away and had the potential to become a multi-time All-Star? Toppin may be the best player in this draft class now, but will he be in three years, or five years?

Dribbling: 6. He also had several mental lapses on the defensive end last season and struggled to maintain his positioning when defending off-ball. Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green were all multi-year college players. He posted unheard of advanced stats with a 68% true shooting percentage and an effective field goal percentage of 67.4%. His aggressiveness and authority at the rim pop on film, and he has continuously exceeded expectations throughout his career to this point. Upside: 9. Player Card Info. Warriors, Toppin could be wild-card NBA draft pairing, Six guards Warriors could target in second round of NBA draft. In that sense, Toppin’s also got some real Amare Stoudemire to his game, though he has more range and is a much better playmaker than the dynamic former Suns and Knicks great, who interestingly was also a six-time All-Star and five-time All-NBA selection. The case for Obi Toppin to the Warriors is actually pretty strong. It’s a major part of how they built their championship teams. After speaking with a number of scouts and executives, it's clear that Toppin is seen as one of the draft's "safer" prospects, along with the likes of Avdija, Haliburton, Isaac Okoro and Onyeka Okongwu. Toppin is an absolute offensive dynamo. He’s also very smart with when to attempt the 3-pointer as he doesn’t force his own offense. He is also potent in the transition offense as he flies down the court and can finish the fast-break attack with an explosive bucket at the rim. In his redshirt sophomore season, Toppin broke through massively as he was the consensus NCAA player of the year and won several awards as he led Dayton to a 29-2 record in what was pacing to be the team’s best season of all time. Toppin is also a surprisingly great passer at times – he had a stable assist/turnover ratio last season and is adept at finding open teammates. That means everyone, from selectors, to coaches, to writers, to fans, had Toppin as the best player in college this season. "He has great touch with both hands, and his shooting looks like it could be replicated over and over," one NBA executive told Wasserman. Those skills would mesh well with a Warriors team that needs to add some more role player shooting and versatility. I focus on the strategy, salary cap and business side of the Warriors. Front and Back Pictured. He received offers from a handful of programs and committed to Dayton before having to redshirt his true freshman season as he was academically ineligible to play. Toppin would fit in well as a high-floor role player and could continue to refine his game alongside an elite roster of players. Obi Toppin would fit in right away and make a significant contribution to the team’s championship aspirations. This isn’t an Enes Kanter-style situation where he’ll top out as providing a bench scoring boost but ultimately is too much of a liability to be counted on to play big minutes. Could the Warriors take Toppin at No. Basketball IQ: 9. As it stands right now though, Toppin is absolutely the best player available in this draft. Toppin is a very bouncy player and is explosive above the rim, allowing him to get easy buckets. A trade down remains a very realistic possibility. The Dayton Flyer's Obi Toppin could be a slam dunk pick for the Golden State Warriors. He wasn’t recruited and had to play a year at prep school to get offers. Before joining Forbes in the summer of 2018 I wrote about the Warriors and the salary cap for the SB Nation blog Golden State of Mind. College/International Team: Dayton Flyers. If Toppin is ready to go off the bat, that suits the Golden State’s championship aspirations just fine.

Toppin isn’t a guy you’re going to feel comfortable switching onto any high-end guards in pick-and-roll defense. Interestingly, in an interview with Mike Schmitz of ESPN Toppin said he’d always been able to shoot but as soon as he started dunking, he fell in love with that instead. And if his track record of improving every year continues, the multi-time All-Star the Warriors need in their future is definitely in scope. Everything is on the table for Golden State. Hottest 2020 Card! Athleticism: 8. Then there are the uncertainties around the competition in this draft. Toppin’s awareness and anticipation are some of the more attractive parts of his game offensively, but his lack of those same attributes on defense is puzzling. Toppin could fit nicely in a lineup with the Warriors' big four of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andrew Wiggins. Passing on Toppin effectively means taking a bet that one of these rawer draft prospects can become a better player in three years’ time than Toppin is right now at 22, and then improve beyond that further than Toppin himself can grow. A great gift or collectible for a fan! He only played one season of varsity basketball as a senior at Ossining High School in New York.

2? Ultimately, Obi Toppin is just a really good, smart basketball player.

Toppin’s not just individually dominant either. But Toppin has a more polished offensive game than most of the prospects in the draft and just might be exactly what the Warriors are looking for. While Wiseman’s incredible physical tools and defensive potential are definitely intriguing, what that actually might turn into is pretty much a complete unknown.

This season, his sophomore year, he exploded onto the scene. He runs the floor like a gazelle, destroying opponents in transition. Sports Illustrated for Kids cards are Officially Licensed Trading Cards. In a draft with no generational talent, could Toppin in fact be the player the Warriors are looking for? for Kids #915 Rookie Card PGI 10 Our Price: $29.99. The 2020 NBA Draft’s wild card is almost certainly going to be Obi Toppin of Dayton. And if they get into a series where Toppin’s limitations are too damaging in the short-term, as well as Green they also have Kevon Looney who is a proven playoff performer. 2 given the wide range of possibilities: taking Toppin for his NBA readiness, making a trade or filling a need with either Wiseman at center or one of the top-tier wings," Wasserman writes. The Golden State Warriors face a potentially franchise-altering decision after they won the second overall pick in the 2020 NBA draft. He had several double-doubles while at Dayton and should continue to do so in the NBA. Toppin provides the type of long-range shooting and out-of-position playmaking that the Warriors’ front office guys will fawn over, and his defensive limitations would be masked playing next to Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.

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