Report: Obi Toppin on Cavs radar with No. 5 pick in 2020 NBA draft

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The Cleveland Cavaliers have the No. 5 pick in the upcoming 2020 NBA Draft.

The team has not announced that it has plans to take a certain prospect, but it is rumored that University of Dayton standout Obi Toppin is “in the mix” at No. 5.

“League sources have placed Toppin in the mix for the Cavs at No. 5—he can contribute immediately and supply energy to a locker room searching for a collective identity,” Sports Illustrated’s Jeremy Woo wrote. “While there are legitimate concerns about him on defense, teams appear willing to take the production and work around it. This is a critical season for Cleveland, and tangible progress from their young talent might be the only thing that can take pressure off the front office.”

Toppin is coming off a fantastic campaign at Dayton during the 2019-20 season.

The forward averaged 20.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. He also shot a blistering 63.3 percent from the field and 39.0 percent from 3-point range.

Toppin would make sense for Cleveland as it already is loaded with young guard talent such as Collin Sexton, Darius Garland and Kevin Porter Jr.

While Toppin is 22 years old, he would not be as much of a project as many other players in the draft.

The NBA draft is scheduled for Nov. 18 of this year.

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Peter is a graduate of Quinnipiac University where he covered the MAAC and college basketball for three years. He has worked for NBC Sports, the Connecticut Sun and the Meriden Record-Journal covering basketball and other major sports. Follow him on Twitter @peterdewey2.