Raptors guard Malachi Flynn might be too advanced to play in the Las Vegas Summer League, but he’s still putting in plenty of work this offseason.
After spending time with his teammates in Vegas, Flynn returned to his home state of Washington, where he erupted for 73 (!) points in Jamal Crawford’s Crawsover Pro-Am.
A quick look at Flynn’s highlights shows that he did a bit of everything and the jumper is as smooth as ever — he’s hitting contested 3s from 25 feet and beyond, contested stepbacks complete with the “too little” celebration and added a few finishes around the rim, to boot.
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Say what you want about Flynn’s performance coming in a pro-am setting, but it caught the eye of a few members of the basketball world, including two-time All-Star Isaiah Thomas, who, like Flynn, hails from Tacoma, Wash.
Thomas’ tweet certainly insinuates that Flynn hasn’t had much of an opportunity through his first two seasons with the Raptors. As a rookie, Flynn averaged 7.5 points and 2.9 assists over 47 games (14 starts), winning Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month in April 2021 when the team dealt with injuries to Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet.
After an impressive showing at the 2021 Summer League, Flynn saw his role minimized in Year 2 as he appeared in 44 games (five starts) and averaged 4.3 points and 1.6 assists.
Thomas wasn’t the only member of Washington’s hoops scene to heap praise on Flynn. The recently-retired Crawford, a native of Seattle, came with a prescient tweet before Flynn’s performance, correctly predicting that he would put on a show.
Seattle native and former NBA player Peyton Siva was big on Flynn’s game as well.
And, to no surprise, Flynn’s teammate Fred VanVleet was also quick to share his thoughts on Twitter. Sometimes, a few flame emojis are all you need.
Flynn, who the Raptors selected 29th overall in 2020, has shown flashes of his potential but has yet to solidify himself in Toronto’s backcourt rotation in his first two seasons.
The confidence from such dominant showings this summer could give him the boost he needs ahead of training camp.
In a league that will also feature Crawford, Paolo Banchero, MarJon Beauchamp, Bogdan Boganovic, Dejounte Murray and Kevin Porter Jr., Flynn has a chance to put forth even more impressive showings.