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Prospect Spotlight -- Obi Toppin

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Re: Prospect Spotlight -- Obi Toppin 

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Re: Prospect Spotlight -- Obi Toppin 

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Re: Prospect Spotlight -- Obi Toppin 

Post#43 » by Jamaaliver » Wed Sep 16, 2020 2:26 pm

2020 NBA Draft Big Board: Latest Top 80 Rankings

5. Obi Toppin, F/C, Dayton | Sophomore

Height: 6' 9" | Weight: 220 | Age: 22 | Previous Rank: 10

Toppin’s stock has risen to the point where he’s essentially a lock to go top-five, and he’s viewed as more of a sure thing in a relatively thin lottery class, with some teams willing to overlook his age and prioritize the here-and-now offensive contributions. Keeping perspective here is important—Toppin needs to add lower body strength and doesn’t move all that well laterally, which may eventually lead to him getting hunted on defense. He’s going to be more of a face-up big than low-post scorer, and his continued ability to hit corner threes and finish at a good clip is essential to his long-term success. Toppin is probably best off at power forward alongside a defensive-minded big. But there’s a good chance he’s ready to contribute immediately, and if everything translates, he could certainly justify an early pick.
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Re: Prospect Spotlight -- Obi Toppin 

Post#44 » by King Ken » Wed Sep 16, 2020 4:58 pm

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2020 NBA Draft Big Board: Latest Top 80 Rankings

5. Obi Toppin, F/C, Dayton | Sophomore

Height: 6' 9" | Weight: 220 | Age: 22 | Previous Rank: 10

Toppin’s stock has risen to the point where he’s essentially a lock to go top-five, and he’s viewed as more of a sure thing in a relatively thin lottery class, with some teams willing to overlook his age and prioritize the here-and-now offensive contributions. Keeping perspective here is important—Toppin needs to add lower body strength and doesn’t move all that well laterally, which may eventually lead to him getting hunted on defense. He’s going to be more of a face-up big than low-post scorer, and his continued ability to hit corner threes and finish at a good clip is essential to his long-term success. Toppin is probably best off at power forward alongside a defensive-minded big. But there’s a good chance he’s ready to contribute immediately, and if everything translates, he could certainly justify an early pick.
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He should be a lock to go in the 3 to be honest.
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Re: Prospect Spotlight -- Obi Toppin 

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Re: Prospect Spotlight -- Obi Toppin 

Post#46 » by Jamaaliver » Mon Oct 19, 2020 2:11 pm

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Obi Toppin sounds like the most popular prospect in the 2020 NBA draft...practically every scout and executive Bleacher Report has spoken with has expressed confidence in his potential, fit and character.

Teams are buying into Toppin's scoring carrying over based on his explosiveness, inside-out skill level and efficient volume production. And while they acknowledge the concerns about his defense, nobody seems too alarmed or ready to suggest they'll negate or neutralize his projected offensive output.

"Everything he does offensively translates," one scout told Bleacher Report.

"He has great touch with both hands, and his shooting looks like it could be replicated over and over," said one NBA executive. "A stretch 5 than can be a finisher is tough to ignore. He'll never be quick laterally, but he's capable."

there is a sense any team could take Toppin—including one he doesn't fit perfectly with like the Charlotte Hornets, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers or Atlanta Hawks—because of the stronger likelihood he receives a best-player-available nod over more divisive prospects. The Hawks just traded for Clint Capela, but his stock has fallen recently, and injuries have limited his availability. He's also on a relatively tradable contract. They could go all-in with offense and pair John Collins with Toppin.

He still falls under the perceived "safe" category with Tyrese Haliburton, Isaac Okoro, Deni Avdija and Onyeka Okongwu. But teams see more upside tied to Toppin's vertical bounce, three-point shot, post game and passing. The perception is that he offers the most favorable ratio of risk and reward.

Multiple NBA front office members told B/R they feel they can mask Toppin's defensive weaknesses by playing him at center, where he won't guard as much around the perimeter and can still use his athleticism for shot-blocking at the rim.


Toppin's age (22) has also rarely come up as a deterrent. Teams sound persuaded by his offense, which is something the Timberwolves (No. 24 in offensive rating), Hawks (No. 25), Cavaliers (No. 26), Hornets (No. 28) and Bulls (No. 29) could obviously use.

Asking around the league, it seems highly unlikely Toppin will make it to the Detroit Pistons at No. 7.
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Re: Prospect Spotlight -- Obi Toppin 

Post#47 » by Jamaaliver » Sat Oct 24, 2020 10:38 pm

2020 Draft Prospects Who Are the Most NBA-Ready

Obi Toppin (Dayton, PF/C, Sophomore)

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Obi Toppin figures to be one of the more productive, efficient rookies. Though he's bound to struggle defensively, so will LaMelo Ball, Anthony Edwards and most others in the class.

Offensively, Toppin appears NBA-ready to continue finishing at a monster rate after leading the NCAA in dunks. His vertical explosiveness is tough to top, even by NBA standards.

But he can also generate offense with skill as a post player, shooter and passer. Scouts have confidence in his jump shot, and he regularly dished out beautiful assists at Dayton from the inside out to his guards and wings.

Toppin seems like a lock to average double figures in points with a field-goal percentage in the 50-60 range. For this class, that should be enough for him to make the All-Rookie first team regardless of how easily he's beaten in space or scored on near the block.
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