Malachi Flynn, have a great summer.
Two weeks after getting fired up for 73 points at Jamal Crawford’s Krause Over Pro-Am in Seattle, Flynn returned to action at the Drew League in Los Angeles.
Malachi Flynn was spotted in #TheDrew today!
52 PTS and 8 3-pointers in the @DrewLeague 🔥 @malachiflynn: 52 PTS, 6 REB, 2 STL pic.twitter.com/VxxPXI32qj
— NBA (@NBA) July 31, 2022
Flynn, who made a name for himself at San Diego State, appears to be in the classroom at The Drew, just a few hours north of where he starred in college.
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Just like he showed at CrawsOver, Flynn got the Junder early, knocking down eight triples in the game.
But it wasn’t just from the perimeter that he scored.
Flynn’s jump shot opened up several driving lanes, including a possession in which he scored 50 points. Because Flynn was a threat to take off from anywhere on the floor, the defender played him hard from 40 feet out, which resulted in a shot.
As impressive as Flynn has been this summer, there’s only so much you can take from his dominant performances on the pro-am circuit. It’s a relatively high level of organized basketball, but as an NBA player, Flynn is doing what he needs to do to stand out as a great player.
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So what could that translate to next season? For Flynn, the answer is confidence.
Flynn had some impressive outings with Toronto, including 16.0 points, 5.5 assists and 4.0 rebounds in April 2021 and a four-game stretch last season. .
He has yet to carve out a consistent role with the franchise.
Flynn could spell VanVleet this coming season and, depending on his shooting usage over the summer, has a chance to step into a bigger role as an off-ball backup guard while Scotty Barnes or Pascal Siakam take over the point forward duties.
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There have been ups and downs, but there’s a reason Toronto used a first-round pick to select Flynn in 2020.
He’s putting in the work this summer and could bring confidence from major pro-am performances to a Raptors team with big goals in Year 3.