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Potential Warriors’ pick Obi Toppin wins Wooden Award

The Dayton forward swept the major national accolades.

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Even though we will not have a 2020 NCAA Men’s Basketball Champion, the final major individual award has been given to a potential Golden State Warriors first-round draft pick.

Dayton forward Obi Toppin won the John R. Wooden Award, which is presented to the outstanding collegiate basketball Player of the Year.

The redshirt sophomore swept every major national honor he is eligible for. Toppin won the Naismith Trophy and awards from the Associated Press and National Association of Basketball Coaches. On top of that, the 22-year-old was also named the winner of the Karl Malone Award, which is given annually to the top power forward in the nation.

Toppin averaged 20 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists this season, leading his Dayton team to national prominence. He was an efficient scorer for the Flyers, shooting 63.3% from the field and 39% from beyond the arc.

Toppin’s parents didn’t pull any punches when asked where their son wants to play in the NBA.

“Golden State,” Toppin’s mother, Roni, said on Dell and Sonya Curry’s “Raising Fame” podcast last month. ”Let’s go to the Bay.”

This is all dependent on where the Warriors will pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. The season is on hiatus due to the coronavirus outbreak and it is still unknown when, or if play will resume.

The Dubs have 17 games left on their schedule and if the NBA season is cancelled, they will most likely be tied for the best odds to win the lottery at 14%.

Getting into a hypothetical situation where the Warriors get the second pick and miss out on Georgia Bulldogs guard Anthony Edwards, who would you want them to select at No. 2?

The Warriors are thin on the front court and could add a scorer like Toppin to what should be a stacked starting lineup next season with a fully healthy Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry.

If the Dubs elect to keep the pick, there are plenty of other options as well, including: Memphis Tigers big man James Wiseman, Israeli forward Deni Avdija and USC center Onyeka Okongwu.

I like what Okongwu can grow into and am intrigued by Avidja’s skillset as well

Who would you want the Warriors to pick at No. 2?

Poll

If the Warriors get and keep the No. 2 pick, who do you want them taking?

This poll is closed

  • 52%
    Obi Toppin
    (154 votes)
  • 22%
    James Wiseman
    (67 votes)
  • 13%
    Deni Avdija
    (39 votes)
  • 8%
    Onyeka Okongwu
    (24 votes)
  • 4%
    Other
    (12 votes)
296 votes total Vote Now