NBA Mock Draft 5.0: How high can Obi Toppin fly?

Obi Toppin, Dayton Flyers, (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
Obi Toppin, Dayton Flyers, (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) /
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Deni Avdija, Maccabi Fox Tel Aviv, NBA Draft
Deni Avdija, Maccabi Fox Tel Aviv, (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images) /

Charlotte Hornets. Deni Avdija. 8. player. 170. . Forward

I realize this pick seems relatively implausible when there are highly regarded, well-known veteran college players still on the board, especially those with North Carolina roots. But I’m going to give the Hornets the benefit of the doubt and project this is the year they break some bad habits and think outside the box.

Avdija is probably not a future star but at this point in the draft, and with this class, that kind of upside is dwindling. What Avdija should be in the NBA is an extremely high-level complementary player, one who can fit in any system and makes his teammates better with his passing, decision-making and versatile defense. Becoming a reliable shooter would certainly raise his ceiling but even if he never excels in that regard he can contribute on a good team. He’s probably not going to the Hornets because of his international profile and lack of scoring pop but he can play next to P.J. Washington, Terry Rozier and Devonte’ Graham and certainly make this a more complete and competitive rotation.

Learn more about Deni Avdija with our full scouting report.