Toronto Raptors: 3 things to know about Malachi Flynn

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San Diego State Aztecs guard Malachi Flynn (22) dribbles during the first half of the Mountain West Conference tournament. (Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports)

The Toronto Raptors decided to address their future by selecting Malachi Flynn with their first round pick of the 2020 NBA Draft.

Going into the 2020 NBA Draft, it was noted that the Toronto Raptors would be looking to bolster the team’s point guard position with their first round pick.

That is why it was not a big surprise to see the team take Malachi Flynn at 29th overall. Really, it’s a pick that fits the mould of how the Raptors have been operating under this management regime.

Flynn was named the West Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year averaging 17.6 points, 5.1 assists and 4.5 rebounds. He also worked out with the Raptors ahead of the draft so he is a player the team had their eyes on.

Here are three things to know about the Raptors newest player.

1. Has strong combination of playmaking, shooting

It’s well known that Flynn is one of the best pick-and-roll player heading into the draft. He also isn’t afraid to shoot or pass up for a better opportunity either which allows him to spread out the floor.

“He’s a modern NBA point guard,” general manager Bobby Webster told reporters after the draft. “I think he can do it all on the offensive end. A lot of people are going to talk about pick-and-roll, shooting off the dribble, shoots the three-ball well, obviously defends at a high level as well.”

He shot 44 per cent from the field and 37.3 per cent from three-point range and while he might struggle at first adjusting to the NBA. If he can continue to show off his playmaking ability he should be able to help the team’s half-court offence.

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