KEY POINTS

  • The Golden State Warriors are currently last in the NBA
  • The Warriors are looking to improve their team with a high pick in the upcoming draft
  • Dayton Flyers Star Obi Toppin prefers to Golden State Warriors

After five straight Finals appearances, the Golden State Warriors have stepped down as the top team in the league. With a series of injuries to their star players, the Bay Area squad hasn’t been near their dominant image.

Steph Curry spent most of the season sidelined after injuring his hand only a couple of games into the season. His partner Klay Thompson has been recovering from season-long injury care of an ACL tear in the final game of the 2019 NBA finals.

The team has made some moves in order to bounce back stronger in the succeeding seasons. They acquired D’Angelo Russell in the offseason and eventually traded him for former number 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins. Given that the team is last in the league, they are also the favorites to win a high pick in the upcoming NBA draft.

If the Warriors end up with the lottery pick, Dayton Flyers Big Man Obadiah Richard “Obi” Toppin is a good option to take. Toppin is among the leading scorers in the Atlantic 10 Conference with 19.4 points per game. He was also averaging 7.7 rebounds and is also 62.4% shooting from the field.

While there are no definite commitments yet for the Warriors, Toppin’s parents spoke up recently about their son’s preference. It was revealed in Dell and Sonya Curry’s podcast by way of Bleacher Report, that the six-foot-nine forward has an inclination to join the Warriors.

With his long frame and athletic ability, Toppin is compared to multiple NBA stars. He has the likeness and explosiveness of Amare Stoudamire. But he’s also versatile enough to be compared to Al Horford and his floor-stretching ability. He’s an all-around presence on the court as he can drive inside the paint but can also shoot from the perimeter.

 

If the Warriors can pick up Toppin, he can be trained to further improve his skills. He’s scouted to have a high basketball IQ, knowing where to cut and move without the basketball – a good fit for a team with the championship culture like the Warriors.  

Golden State Warriors The Golden State Warriors stars received their championship rings before defeating the Oklahoma City Thunder. In this picture, Stephen Curry #30 and the Warriors celebrate after receiving their 2017-2018 Championship rings prior to their game against the Thunder at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California, Oct. 16, 2018. Photo: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images