Preview of the Phoenix Suns’ 2020 Draft: Picking every lottery pick

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Obi Toppin, Phoenix Suns
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Pick #3: Obi Toppin

Here is where the perfect player for the Phoenix Suns in the 2020 draft, wherever he should be selected: Obi Toppin, the 6’9″ forward from Dayton. With what James Jones did in last year’s draft in acquiring Cameron Johnson and Ty Jerome, both veteran college players, it makes sense why he might draft Toppin as early as the third overall pick.

Toppin will be 22 years old at the time of the draft and would fit the mold of drafting older players. Just because he is slightly more aged than the rest of the field does not mean he can not play.

Toppin has led Dayton to a top-10 program in the country and has been arguably the best player in the NCAA. At 6’9″ he would slide right into the Sun’s rotation at the power forward spot and a case could be made for him to be the start right away.

Averaging nearly 20 points and eight rebounds per game while shooting 52 percent from 3 this year, Toppin is everything the Suns need at this position. He is an athletic body who can score in and out of the paint and has the ability to guard multiple positions. This pick makes too much sense, and if the Suns have the ability to draft Toppin, almost wherever that may be, and pass, it will be a mistake.