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NBA Draft prospect Obi Toppin wants to play for Warriors

Obi Toppin, Warriors, NBA

On an episode of Dell and Sonya Curry’s ‘Raising Flame’ podcast, the parents of Dayton University star and likely top-10 pick Obi Toppin said that their son’s preferred team at the moment is the Golden State Warriors.

Usually, a team that has made five straight NBA Finals appearances wouldn’t have the chance to draft an elite prospect such as Obi Toppin. However, due to injuries to Warriors star backcourt of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, Golden State has essentially been in tank mode the entire 2019-20 season.

With a league-worst 15-50 record before the NBA season was suspended, the Warriors are in contention to have the first pick in the NBA draft. If everything stands, they’ll have their pick of the litter when it comes to college basketball prospects.

On the other hand, while Toppin was recently named the College Basketball Player of the Year by the Associated Press, the 6-foot-9 forward is more often mocked to be selected around picks 3-8 rather than number one.

However, Toppin has seen his stock rise even more recently, with NBAMockDraft.net even putting the Dayton sophomore as high as number two to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Toppin was in the midst of a spectacular season for the Flyers, averaging 20.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.2 blocks and 1.0 steal per game while shooting an uber-efficient 63.3 percent from the floor and 39.0 percent from deep.

Unfortunately, like the NBA, the end of the college basketball season was suspended and fans never got a chance to see Toppin in the NCAA Tournament. With a strong 29-2 record, Dayton had a good chance to be a No. 1 seed in the tournament, giving Toppin even more opportunities to showcase his talent.