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Obi Toppin Draft Profile

Obi Toppin – Power Forward – Dayton

Pros

  • Great vertical athlete with explosive leaping ability.
  • Awesome dunker due to athleticism, versatility, bounce, and creativity around the basket. He led the NCAA in dunks last season.
  • Consistent and efficient finisher around the basket due to his dunking ability and soft touch. He shot 70% from inside the arc on 9.8 attempts last season.
  • Constant lob threat. Huge reason as to why he’s so good in the pick and roll.
  • A menace in transition due to his ability to run the floor plus his athletic tools. He does a great job of pushing the ball up the court.
  • Has potential as a shooter. He has solid form, and shot 39% from downtown last season.
  • A capable ball handler who drives to the basket and runs transition offense well. He has shown flashes as a shot creator, but I don’t see that being a consistent thing for him in the NBA.
  • Doesn’t wow you with his playmaking, but he makes smart passes and decisions with the basketball.
  • Exploded onto the scene last season at Dayton. Has shown fast improvement and a great work ethic.

Cons

  • Horrific defender in space. Plays really stiff, has terrible footwork, lacks awareness, lateral quickness, and has way too many lapses on defense. He often gets blown by on the perimeter. This will definitely cost him minutes in the NBA.
  • Has a little bit of promise as a defender on the post due to his leaping ability, giving him some shot blocking potential. However, he’s still a liability here as well. He gets bullied by stronger bigs down low, mainly due to his lack of lower-body strength. Also, he is often out of position and he’s a poor help-side defender.
  • His soft touch, good form, pick and pop ability, and 39% from distance last season is encouraging, but he only attempted 2.6 threes a game. He shot 70% from the charity stripe last season on 4.5 attempts per game after shooting 71% on 2.6 attempts the season before. He’ll never be a bad shooter by any means, but I don’t see him being anything more than capable from three; this limits his upside.
  • Was efficient and showcased a soft touch around the rim in college. However, he doesn’t seem to have many post moves in his arsenal.
  • Mediocre rebounder. He averaged 7.5 rebounds per game last season on 32 minutes a night against mainly mid-major schools.
  • Already 22 years old. This is one of a few reasons his ceiling is a little lower than you’d like.

Prospect Overview

Obi Toppin is a highly regarded prospect heading into the 2020 NBA Draft after exploding onto the scene last season at Dayton where he won both the Wooden Award and the Naismith Award. Toppin is a versatile athlete, who’s crazy dunks alone are enough to catch the eyes of NBA scouts. He uses his athletic tools to help him thrive in transition and in the pick and pop, and his solid ball-handling, passing vision, and decision making will definitely help him out in the NBA. However, due to his age and defensive limitations, Toppin’s upside takes a hit. He will always be a threat to catch lobs and get buckets via transition and in the pick and roll, but his success will ultimately be determined by how good of a three point shooter he becomes, and how much of a liability he proves to be defensively.

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