Toronto Raptors: 3 things to know about Malachi Flynn

San Diego State Aztecs guard Malachi Flynn (22). (Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports)
San Diego State Aztecs guard Malachi Flynn (22). (Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports) /
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Malachi Flynn #22 of the San Diego State Aztecs. (Photo by Joe Buglewicz/Getty Images) /

3. Flynn admires VanVleet’s game

In the same interview with Hoops Hype, Flynn mentioned a group of players he tries to replicate his game on.

He talked about how he liked watching  Chris Paul, Steve Nash and Deron Williams and especially Stephen Curry for his work off the pick-and-roll. However, he then mentioned a potential teammate that he could be learning under next season in VanVleet.

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This part of his game helped Flynn stand out and if he continues to reach his defensive potential, the Raptors will be happy with this pick. If by chance VanVleet leaves or Lowry doesn’t stick around after his contract is done, they will at least have an option in the pipeline.

Depending on how the G League operates this upcoming season, Toronto will want Flynn to play as his development is crucial to this team’s future. If his pull-up jumper can transition smoothly to the NBA level, he will get opportunities in the Raptors’ two-guard deployment.

While there were options available like Grant Riller who we touted as an ideal target, it appears his defensive upside was too much to ignore. At the same time, Riller almost dropped down to the Raptors second round pick at 59th overall which would have been a nice bonus but it didn’t end up that way.

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