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.
Obi Toppin has declared for the 2020 NBA Draft. He's a projected top-10 pick. pic.twitter.com/lEHqKnohvk— Legion Hoops (@LegionHoops) March 25, 2020
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.
Obi Toppin's parents say he wants Warriors to pick him in NBA draft originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area