Toppin showcases an impressive long-range jumper, and I’m very confident he’s going to be a high-level shooter in the NBA. He led the NCAA in dunks last season, many of which came on putbacks, heads-up plays that highlighted his anticipation and awareness. 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. I focus on the strategy, salary cap and business side of the Warriors. He doesn’t force his shots, and he would fit in well with most established offenses in the NBA, but he needs to work on translating his strong basketball IQ to the defensive end of the floor. He’s an explosive above-the-rim athlete, and his redshirt sophomore year at Dayton contained highlight-reel dunk after highlight-reel dunk. Most 22-year-old prospects are relatively close to their ceiling as professional players. Wiseman, Avdija, Okoro and Haliburton all are likely possibilities as well. Shot selection – he is very capable of hitting the deep ball, but he doesn’t force it and is always looking to make the right play An explosive above-the-rim athlete who excels with putback dunks and finishing around the rim Reliable playmaker, makes good decisions and could be an excellent pick-and-roll passer Tons of offensive versatility – can work in a variety of roles A high-floor player who will surely be an impact player on offense in his rookie year Activity around the rim could make him a strong offensive rebounder, Serious concerns over his lack of athleticism A bit of a tweener – not strong enough to defend some big men, not fast enough to defend on the perimeter Solid rebounder but has some work to do Pick-and-roll defense is awful at times, awareness/feel for the game doesn’t extend to defense Limited post-scoring moves, can’t create his own shots, raw dribble-drive player. Golden State Warriors. Against really big centers he will struggle with their strength and size. Still, his natural feel for the game should allow him to be an impressive offensive rebounder. Obi Toppin has often received the comp of A’Mare Stoudemire due to his combination of explosive rim-rocking dunks and long-range shooting. Player Card Info. But the Warriors will hold him accountable, and he will have some of the best minds in the business to learn from in Green and Ron Adams. Sports Illustrated for Kids cards are Officially Licensed Trading Cards. A Final Four appearance may well have tipped the balance Toppin’s way and cemented his status as a top pick. Alternatively, if the Warriors decide they need help now, they could look to trade it for veteran help. I don’t expect ball-handling to be a real asset for him at any point in his career, at least in the half-court offense, and he’ll need to play alongside multiple ball-handlers to allow his strengths to shine. It is often said that when drafting high in the lottery, teams should just take the best player available. And the last time the Golden State Warriors selected a mid-major college star who was knocked going into the draft for being a tweener at his position, it worked out pretty well for them. Toppin might not be the average 22-year-old though. Download and subscribe to the Runnin' Plays Podcast. I focus on the strategy, salary cap and business side of the Golden State Warriors. 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. Defense: 7. However, that same athleticism doesn’t always translate to his efforts on the defensive side of the floor. He has the work ethic to continue honing his game and become one of the best all-around players in his class. Toppin could fit nicely in a lineup with the Warriors' big four of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andrew Wiggins. The case for Obi Toppin to the Warriors is actually pretty strong. Toppin has some physical limitations.