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Malachi Flynn Draft Profile

Malachi Flynn – G – San Diego State 

Pros:

  • Terrific perimeter shooter and tough shot maker. He shot 37% from distance on 6.4 attempts per game with an 85.7 FT%. His ability to make shots from anywhere behind the arch will automatically make him an asset in the NBA.
  • Great scorer from all over the court. He can pull-up from the mid range out of pick-and-roll situations or attack the basket. He doesn’t have tremendous burst going downhill, but he’s extremely crafty around the hoop.
  • Excellent pick-and-roll ball-handler. He ranked in the 96th percentile of pick-and-roll players in college. His ability to score from all three-levels and pass make him tough to defend
  • Great passing vision. 73.9% of his assists come in transition or out of the pick-and-roll. He has solid vision, great accuracy, and a wide arsenal of passes he can make.
  • Savvy and scrappy defender. He won DPOY of his conference and has great instincts as an on-ball defender. However, his lack of size and length hinders his defensive versatility.

Cons:

  • Flynn is a below the rim finisher with below-average athleticism. I’m not sure if he’ll consistently be able to attack the basket with much success in the NBA.
  • Can be prone to taking bad shots sometimes, but this was mainly due to the lack of talent on SDSU’s roster. He appears to be a high IQ player who doesn’t take too many bad shots in normal situations.
  • No matter how hard you try, smaller guards always get targeted at the NBA level. His effort can go a long way but there will be times where he gets exposed by quicker and more athletic guards.

Prospect Overview

Malachi Flynn is one of my favorite sleepers in this draft. He’s got all the tools to be a great scoring guard in the league with tremendous upside as a pick-and-roll playmaker. He can score from all three-levels pretty consistently, but he thrives as a perimeter shooter and can make difficult shots from all over the floor. His ability to deceive defenses with his eyes and make smart reads is one of my favorite traits he possesses. He’s a high IQ offensive mind who just plays smart and wins basketball games. This is why he led SDSU to a 30-2 record including a 26-0 start. Small guards always get targeted on defense no matter how hard they try, but his scrappiness and effort can take him a long way. Flynn is a relatively safe pick who has been flying up draft boards, and rightfully so. If he can showcase his three point shooting and pick-and-roll playmaking while competing hard on defense, he’ll have a role in the NBA and could easily be a starter level point guard in the NBA.

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