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Obi Toppin's parents say he wants Warriors to pick him in NBA draft

Obi Toppin's parents say he wants Warriors to pick him in NBA draft

At the time of the NBA season being suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Warriors owned the worst record in the league at 15-50.

That placed them four games below the Cleveland Cavaliers, earning the honor of the lowest win total in basketball. It also put them in line for a top draft pick, even potentially the No. 1 overall selection this coming June.

This year's draft class is considered to be thin with Anthony Edwards, LaMelo Ball, Obi Toppin, James Wiseman and Deni Avdija leading the way. One top prospect's parents, however, have made it clear their son hopes to be a Warrior in the coming months.

"Golden State," Toppin's mother, Roni, said when asked by Dell and Sonya Curry who Obi wants to play for on an episode of the "Raising Fame" podcast.

"Let's go to the Bay."

Toppin's father, Obadiah, was a well-known street baller in Brooklyn who played for several semi-professional teams. He seconded his wife's declaration, and praised Dell and Sonya's son, Warriors superstar Steph Curry. 

"I got my few point guards that I always dreamed of playing for, just because they were the truest point guards -- like Steph Curry," Obadiah said. "I think Obi would be great playing with Steph Curry." 

Toppin this season was the only player unanimously voted to the Associated Press All-America first team and was named the AP Player of the Year on Tuesday. The redshirt sophomore declared for the draft one day later. He led the Dayton Flyers to a 29-2 record (18-0 in the Atlantic-10 Conference) and they ranked No. 3 in the last AP Top 25 poll. 

Standing 6-foot-9 and weighing 220 pounds, the power forward averaged 20 points and 7.5 rebounds per game this season. He can step back beyond the arc and also can throw down dunks like this. 

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Toppin is a late bloomer and, at 22, is a bit old compared to other top draft prospects. He spent a fifth year of high school at a preparatory school and then sat out a year as a redshirt for Dayton. But the Warriors are looking to be championship contenders right away next season and Toppin could make an instant impact. 

Is he Golden State's guy? We'll see, but he certainly did everything possible this season to become a future Warrior.

Warriors coaches holding virtual 'cooking challenge,' Steve Kerr says

Warriors coaches holding virtual 'cooking challenge,' Steve Kerr says

With all NBA travel on an indefinite suspension due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, NBA coaches have been spending a lot more time at home than they normally would during March and April.

Instead of spending time on the road scouting and preparing for the NBA playoffs, they've been forced to find other ways to fill their time.

With just about all restaurants being confined to takeout or delivery, families have been staying in and cooking more frequently. In that spirit, the Warriors coaching staff is trying to stay competitive.

"Believe it or not, we have a coaches' challenge tonight," Kerr said on 95.7 The Game Thursday. "All of the coaches, either last night, tonight or tomorrow are supposed to cook the same meal. The team chef has basically challenged us, and we are all supposed to report back to him with a photo and some kind of video of a family member commenting on the dish."

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Kerr said the dish was chicken parmesan, a classic family meal.

Given Kerr's various successes as an NBA player, coach, executive and broadcaster, it's hard to imagine that his cooking skills wouldn't at least be above average.

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Why Joe Lacob mentioned Harrison Barnes when praising Andrew Wiggins

Why Joe Lacob mentioned Harrison Barnes when praising Andrew Wiggins

Andrew Wiggins was impressive in his first 12 games in a Warriors uniform.

The 25-year-old averaged 19.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.4 blocks, while shooting nearly 46 percent overall and just under 34 percent from 3-point range.

"Our coaching staff is very excited about Andrew and how he may fit here going forward," Warriors owner Joe Lacob told Tim Kawakami of The Athletic on Thursday. "Very hard -- it's so hard -- to find wings right now in the NBA with good positional size and athleticism.

"He's a walking 20 points. He's gonna go out there and he's gonna get you 20 points in any game. He's capable of doing a lot more than that. But that's pretty good."

And then Lacob mentioned a former Warriors player that had to sign elsewhere once Kevin Durant decided to come to Golden State.

"When Harrison Barnes was with us -- and I loved Harrison, different kind of player a little bit -- but we would sit there and say, 'If we can just get him to get 20 points in a game it would really help,'" he said. "You know (you've got a) good chance to win a game if you got three guys scoring 20 in a game.

"And we needed that."

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Barnes averaged 10.1 points per game during Steve Kerr's first year at the helm in 2014-15, and then 11.7 points per game the following season.

Over the 2015 and 2016 NBA Playoffs combined, he scored 20 or more points only one time (Game 5 of the 2015 Western Conference finals against the Houston Rockets).

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Assuming the Warriors are fully healthy next season, it might be difficult for Wiggins to average 20 per game. It's probably more realistic to expect him to register 15 to 18 points per night, but on the best shooting percentages of his career.

Combine that with consistent defense and engagement and Golden State would be thrilled with those results.

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