2020 NBA Draft Profile: Obi Toppin

I teach High School and many of my kids are into pro sports. They’re aware that I run this site and am creating draft profiles for each of the top prospects.

You know who they always ask about?

Obi Toppin

The product out of Dayton has a lot of intrigue around the league and amongst NBA fans. As one of the rare top 10 prospects to play more than their freshman year, the Brooklyn product had an impressive statistical season averaging 20 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.2 assists on 63.3% from the field.

Not only did he have an awesome statistical year, he was awarded for that awesome season with the Wooden Award, Naismith Award and the Associated Press National Player of the Year Award.

Scouting Report

I like to read the NBA Draft Scouting Reports from NBA.com before writing these articles as often there is so much information here that can be very helpful prior to watching any film of the player.

As we see in the sub-header, he is considered “the most bust proof player in the draft.” The article also says that “Toppin is quite possibly the best pick and roll big man of the last few season.”

CBS Sports also called him “one of the best dunkers in college basketball history.”

All of the highlight reels you find of Toppin display his insane athleticism, ability to box out, rebound, and quickly get back up for second shot opportunities.

At 6’9″ he has enough height and length to be a great wing player that can switch between the small forward and power forward position as needed a la Jayson Tatum and Lebron James.

He also displays the ability to dribble well, can defend, and he was a great shot blocker coming over as a help defender.

Of course, at 22 years old, the league is concerned about his age and whether or not he has hit his ceiling. This is obviously a concern as the NBA typically has 19 year old freshman jumping into the league that won’t hit their athletic peak for many years in the league.

The NBA.com profile compares him to Tobias Harris which is totally fair.

Best Fit, Trade Destination?

Its hard to say Toppin doesn’t fit on whatever roster he is put into. Obviously, every single prospect’s best fit is the Golden State Warriors, but with trade rumors heating up and Golden State not necessarily needing to hang on to a top 5 pick, you have to imagine they might be looking to deal that pick.

According to Brad Townsend of the Dallas Morning News, the Mavericks are willing to trade everyone not named Luka Doncic or Kristaps Porzingis and they possess the 18th and 31st pick in the draft.

There is a really, really good chance Dallas ends up in the lottery with a chance at Toppin.

Toppin would be an absolutely perfect fit for the Dallas Mavericks.

Luka is one of the most gifted players in the league and is already a superstar in just his 3rd season in the NBA. He beat a very good Clippers team on his own last season with an insane 40 point triple double.

Imagine a world where Luka is running the pick and roll with Toppin or a pick and pop with Porzingis.

Toppin being as polished as he is with a ceiling he may have met means that he would be a perfect 3rd Superstar on a team with two guys who need another explosive offensive threat that can offer defensive help on the perimeter and interior immediately which Dallas desperately needs.

This Dallas Mavericks fan really hopes to see that trade happen.

However, he is likely moving pretty quick. He and Edwards will most likely be the gem of the Golden State Warriors’ eyes if they don’t change their stance on big men and take Wiseman.

If he makes it past Charlotte, I see him going to Cleveland with Chicago looking to the Point Guard Position in the draft this year. Cleveland would likely be reminded of the exciting athleticism of Lebron James that put butts in seats and money in Dan Gilbert’s pockets.

Check out the rest of my NBA Draft Profiles!

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Anthony Edwards

James Wiseman

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