Wolves Select Jonny Flynn at No. 6

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The Minnesota Timberwolves selected Jonny Flynn with the sixth overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft. Flynn, a 6-0 guard from Syracuse University, averaged 17.4 points per game during his sophomore season.

In two seasons at Syracuse University, Flynn averaged 16.6 points, 2.7 rebounds and 6.0 assists, including 17.4 points and 6.7 assists per game during his sophomore campaign. Despite playing just two seasons for the Orange, Flynn ranked seventh in career assists. He started all 73 games of his Syracuse career, scoring in double figures in 64 contests. He set a school single-season record for minutes played with 1,418 this past season. Flynn tallied a career-high 35 points in a win at Providence on Jan. 28, 2009. He dished out a career-high 13 assist and scored 25 points in a win over Georgetown on Feb. 14, 2009. Flynn played a game-high 67 minutes and scored 34 points in the Orange's memorable 127-117 six-overtime win against Connecticut on March 12, 2009. He made his collegiate debut with 28 points vs. Siena, the highest scoring debut in Syracuse history.

Flynn was named to the All-Big East Second Team this past season, and was an AP All-America Honorable Mention. He was the Big-East co-Rookie of the Year in 2007-08.

Kahn on whether he would have picked Flynn at six if he hadn't picked Rubio before:
"Yes. No question about it. Given the options we had at 5 and 6, there might have been other players we would have considered if they had fallen to us, but given the options we had tonight as the picks arrived, absolutely. We love Jonny Flynn. I think Jonny Flynn has an opportunity to be a very special player in this league, but like I've been saying repeatedly over the last several weeks, I need to temper my remarks of these kids. Again, I underline the word kids twenty times. Ricky is the youngest player in the draft, 18 years old. Jonny Flynn is, I think, about the 12th youngest. He's just 20. It's amazing how young they are, and I don't want to put pressures on them tonight or any time in the near future to make their transition more difficult. We are here to help make their transition as painless and as efficient as possible. We're in the player development business now in the NBA, some teams more than others. This team in particular is very much in the player development business. We will be, dare I say, maniacal in helping these players develop to be the best that they can be."

Kahn on whether he believes Flynn and Rubio is his future backcourt:
"Like I said, Jerry, I think there have been many instances where it's not so neat. Here's another one: neither of these guys are Michael Jordan, I can tell you that. But Michael Jordan played with John Paxson in the backcourt. Paxson was the shooting guard at about six-foot, Michael Jordan was Michael Jordan. All I'm saying is that I felt very strongly that for our team, these were by far the two best choices we could make tonight."

Kahn on what Rubio and Flynn give to the team as shooters:
"I read all the pronouncements. Can't shoot, can't do this, can't do that. They are 18 and 20 years old. We all fall into the trap, and I'm as guilty as the next person that these kids are so young. Especially Jonny, his shot looks great. I think Jonny will be a fine shooter at this level. And I think Ricky Rubio is simply special. I don't know how to define it. I'm not even talking about the fancy passing. I was talking to another league executive this week about him. He just has a feel for the rhythm and tempo of the game. He really is like a conductor of an orchestra. And for a kid to be doing this at this age, I can't tell you how remarkable this is. One of the tapes I've been watching the past few days is the gold medal game between the USA and Spain. It's not what he does, it's when you look at the tape he looks like he belongs out there. This kid was 17, playing against our very best professionals and if you watch the tape, you never look up and say 'who's this young kid out there with those guys?' I can't describe it. I've never seen such a thing. Again, I need to be careful tonight. This is not the night for a hyperbole. These kids are so young, and the last thing we need is to put these incredible expectations on them and have everyone fired up. These kids aren't ready. Ricky might not know this, there will be an adjustment from Europe to the NBA."

Flynn on whether he thought he would go No. 6 after the Wolves took Rubio at No. 5:
"You never know when you get a point guard drafted in front of you for the same team, so it caught me off guard but you can kind of see the NBA going in this direction, a 2 point guard look in the backcourt. You've seen that in the playoffs a lot this year and I think it's going to carry over to next season. Rubio is a guy whose knack for passing is unmatched and I think he's definitely going to raise my level of play and I'm going to try to do the same for him."

Flynn on how he thinks he will fit into this young team:
"A team like this, you can get in and learn right off the bat. You can learn by making mistakes and that's the best way, I think, to learn. To be thrown out there and thrown out to the wolves, having to go out there and produce right away, I think that's the best learning you can do."

Flynn on whether he thinks he can be successful playing with Rubio:
"I'm not a GM. I just know what's happening right now, and as of right now, him and me are teammates. I would love to definitely be in the backcourt with him because he's such a great player and such a great person. I would love for him to stay in Minnesota and would love for me to stay in Minnesota so we could play together."

Flynn on his strengths and areas for improvement:
"I think my strength is definitely my playmaking ability, off the screen and roll and off the bounce. I think I can really get into the lane and cause a lot of havoc for defenses. I think one thing that I can really improve on that's going to be easy to improve on is my jump shot. I think usually a lot of guys come into the NBA, and you see big guys come into the NBA with no jump shot, but with enough repetition and enough time in the gym, it's going to become muscle memory and you're going to start hitting shots. That's going to be a big thing for me, just staying in the gym and getting a lot of shots up."

Flynn on if he thinks he gives defenses headaches:
"I definitely think so, especially coming from a league like the Big East where it seems like they call two fouls a game. They let you just play out there, and in the NBA you can't touch a guy out there. I think not being able to use your body, not being able to be as physical on the perimeter definitely helps the little guy like me slither my way into the lane."

Flynn on if he thinks he and Rubio can shoot and defend well enough for their combination to work:
"I think we just have enough key parts around us. You've got Kevin Love, you've got (Al) Jefferson. You've got enough parts around us that can make up for everything. I don't think you have to worry about shooting the ball; you just have to worry about who's out there on the court and who can make each other better. I think we're two guys that can do that and I can't wait to see it happen."

Flynn on Kevin Love, and his Tweet saying he is getting on a treadmill to prepare for Flynn:
"Kevin Love is a guy, he's a hard worker. You see him come into the NBA draft and he shed a few pounds. I don't think he can lose any more weight, as much weight as he lost coming into the NBA. He's a great player. He's a guy that can really pass the ball and doesn't really get enough credit for the way he can pass the ball. And he rebounds. I think he was the number one in offensive rebounder out of rookies or something like that in the NBA. So just with that and his intangibles, and with Al Jefferson coming back and getting healthy, it's just a deadly combination on the block."

Flynn on what type of passing team the Wolves will be:
"You're going to see a lot of flair, a lot of finesse out there in Minnesota. A lot of Minnesota fans can get ready to see a great show."

Flynn on it being too snowy in Minnesota:
"It's not a problem at all. I went to school in Syracuse, grew up in Niagara Falls, New York, Minneapolis is going to be like Hawaii to me. I'm going to be out there in shorts enjoying whatever weather it is out there. I'm just happy to be in a great organization like Minnesota."

Flynn on Rubio's game:
"Rubio has played professional basketball since he was 14. He really learned the team game over there in Europe, and a lot of guys come over and are great team players. From what I've seen in his showing against the USA team, he played against the best players in the country and made it kind of look easy. He made the hard plays look really easy out there. So I'm not skeptical about how he can play, I just know it's definitely going to translate to the NBA level and I can't wait until he hits me with a no-look pass and I can finish it."

Flynn on what he thought the odds were that he would end up in Minnesota:
"I thought it was pretty well. After talking with Minnesota and after my agent telling me what Minnesota was communicating with him, I thought it was definitely a good chance for me to go to Minnesota. I think I had a good workout there, and I really connected well with the front office there, so it wasn't really a big surprise. I'm just happy to be in a place like Minnesota where I can flourish."

Flynn on the qualities he wants in a head coach:
"When it takes this long to pick a head coach, you know the team is really searching hard for the best candidate possible. You see so many teams pick a head coach so fast, but I think the Minnesota Timberwolves are doing a great job of putting together a good list of guys to elevate the team to the next level. If I could play for a coach that likes to get up and down the court, that would be the best system that I can flourish in."