Which Teams Should Pick Obi Toppin in the 2020 NBA Draft?
Obi Toppin’s ascension this past season in Dayton was fast and furious. The 22-year-old Brooklyn native put the Flyers on the map, leading them to a 29-2 record and a #3 national ranking. Unfinished business on campus might have tempted Obi to return for his junior year, but the allure of the NBA is simply too appealing.
A near-lock to a be a top-5 pick in the upcoming draft, the 6’9” 220-pound forward is arguably the most polished prospect in the entire 2020 class. Toppin can score from inside and out, he can defend multiple positions, and his motor never turns off.
In short, his services will be in high demand.
Let’s take a look at 4 teams that should pick Obi Toppin in the 2020 NBA Draft.
With Dayton being just a 3-hour commute down the I-71 from Cleveland, the Cavaliers scouts have seen plenty of Obi Toppin. Not only do they understand how sophisticated his game is, but they recognize how perfect of a fit he would be in the Cavs system.
GM Koby Altman spent his last two early picks on guards Collin Sexton and Darius Garland, then he boosted the frontcourt by trading for Andre Drummond. Kevin Love is still on the roster (for now), but Cleveland is missing a hybrid forward who can step in right away and provide an impact.
Karl-Anthony Towns is one of the best centers in the league, and D’Angelo Russell is making top dollar at the point guard position. Minnesota is hoping Jarrett Culver evolves into a big-time shooting guard, but what else does this team have?
The answer is an extremely depleted cast of forwards. Jake Layman and James Johnson have no business being in an NBA rotation, and Josh Okogie and Juan Hernangomez certainly aren’t justified as starters.
Drafting Obi Toppin in 2020 would solve this glaring deficiency, and it would take loads of pressure off of KAT and D’Lo. Sounds like a win-win for Scott Layden and his staff.
The Hawks have some exciting pieces in place, but the fact of the matter is they haven’t been competitive in the last two years. Hopefully, trading for Clint Capela can ease some of the pain, but depending on Trae Young to score 30+ per night and carry you to the finish line just isn’t sustainable.
If Atlanta can scoop Obi Toppin in the draft, the standout from Dayton can plug in as a versatile small forward who doesn’t need the ball in his hands to be productive. This would enable De’Andre Hunter to slide into a role in the second unit that includes Jeff Teague and Cam Reddish, and voila.
Kevin Huerter would see his game flourish on the perimeter, while John Collins can continue doing damage at the “4.”
Obi Toppin could be the first pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, but chances are he gets plucked somewhere between picks 2-5. That should likely put him squarely in play to become a Detroit Piston.
Frankly, the roster in Motor City is so battered that Ed Stefanski will be best served to draft the best player available.
That’s where Obi comes in.
Toppin’s a high-flyer who excels in transition and around the basket, but let’s not lose sight that the dude connected on 41.7% of his three-point attempts as a collegian. A menace on defense with no red flags to speak of, I might as well just state the obvious.
The Pistons are absolutely one of the teams that should draft Obi Toppin.
Who Will Draft Obi Toppin in 2020?
Until the lottery takes place and the ping pong balls are airborne, we won’t know the order of the 2020 Draft. However, this chart displays the chances each franchise has of landing each specific pick. One thing that becomes crystal clear is that the Cleveland Cavaliers are guaranteed a top-6 pick. Over 40% of the time, Dan Gilbert’s team receives a pick inside the top 3.
Perhaps this means Toppin falls right into the Cavs’ lap.
Obi can shine in the pick-and-roll game and possesses serious physicality in the post. Dare I say Toppin reminds me of a young Amar’e Stoudemire? The one who was a walking highlight reel in Phoenix, only with more range from the outside?