As we all know, the 2020 draft is coming up, and the teams that get a chance at the #1 pick are those that miss the playoffs. The Washington Wizards (my favorite team) were the 9th seed in the East before the season was postponed due to COVID. They may make the playoffs as an 8th seed, but more then likely will end up missing the playoffs. Which brings the Wizards to one question: if they get a high lottery pick, who should they draft?
Some mock drafts have the Wizards landing as high as #2, while others have them landing as low as #11. Now let’s pretend for a second that they did land the #2 pick. Chances are that either Lamelo Ball or Anthony Edwards would be taken with the #1 pick. I personally think Lamelo Ball will be first, but you can read about that in the article below this one. Both of these players would be horrible choices for the Wizards.
Anthony Edwards is a 6’5” shooting guard, and the Wizards already have Bradley Beal in his prime, so that’s a definite no. Lamelo Ball probably won’t work out, but might if John Wall doesn’t come back at 110%. The answer to their draft dilemma is Obi Toppin.
Obi Toppin is one of the best projected players in the draft, and was the college basketball player of the year this year. He is a 6’9”, 220 pound forward, who dunked between his legs in-game once. He would be the perfect third option for the Wizards, behind John Wall and Bradley Beal. His game compliments there’s perfectly, and on the floor together they would be deadly.
Another reason he would fit on the Wizards flawlessly is because he is a young player with a lot of potential, and Scott Brooks is incredible at developing young players. With all the young talent the Wizards have with Thomas Bryant, Troy Brown Jr, Moe Wagner, Davis Bertans, and Rui Hachimura, he could be the final piece to the Wizards young core that could win them a CHAMPIONSHIP this decade.
During his sophomore season where he won National Player of the Year, he averaged 20 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 2.2 assists per game on 63.3% shooting. He played college basketball for the Dayton Flyers.
So, in conclusion, Obi Toppin is an athletic forward who can play the 3 or 4 that would give the Wizards a young core with an incredibly bright future, and could propel them into the playoffs next season. Is there any reason they shouldn’t draft this kid?
Let me know in the comments if you think the Wizards should or shouldn’t take Obi Toppin, or if there is someone else on the board that they should. And until then, have a great day!