Position: Point Guard
The Niagara Falls, NY product is the most exciting point guard prospect in the draft this season. Flynn enjoyed a terrific March Madness run that was highlighted by a 34-point performance in a win over Connecticut in the Big East tournament. Superior ball handling skills have allowed Flynn to knife through defenses on his way to scoring close to the basket. Similar to Ty Lawson with a low center of gravity and can change gears at the drop of a dime. Flynn took more of a leadership role in the late stages of the season with critical shots down the stretch to lead Syracuse to victories against supreme competition. By averaging 6.7 assists per game, Flynn is an underrated passer and possesses incredible court vision.
Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim took the shackles off Flynn and let him run the show this past year. This begs the question if Flynn is truly coachable at the next level. At times, Flynn tried to take over games, which cost his team possessions and created unwanted turnovers. In the NBA, Flynn must play within the offense while looking to involve the rest of his teammates. Flynn will have to prove he can make a commitment on the defensive end of the floor. The 3.4 turnovers per game is another turnoff, considering Lawson only averaged 1.9.
Flynn would draw the interest of the Target Center crowd on a nightly basis. The flashy point guard can stack the highlight reel and could bolster the backcourt immediately. With Minnesota changing the offense to an up tempo style, Flynn is a nice fit to run the show. In the half court set, the Wolves would improve greatly with Flynn's ability to get to the lane and look for open teammates on the perimeter or inside the paint.
ESPN college basketball analyst Fran Fraschilla on Jonny Flynn
Round 1: Syracuse 59, SF Austin 44
Round 2: Syracuse 78, Arizona St 67
Round 3: Oklahoma 84, Syracuse 71
"Jonny Flynn was fast enough to compensate for his size on the NCAA level. Flynn was a standout in two areas: his ability to get to the rim, and his one-on-one skills. Thankfully for him, those are two skills that the NBA values dearly."
"A very quick point guard with tremendous handles, and an uncanny ability to score in bunches ... An excellent leaper ... Possesses a nice crossover, in-and-out, and hesitation dribbles to blow by his defender."
Ford's Mock Draft
No. 10 to Milwaukee
No. 7 to Golden State
No. 10 to Milwaukee
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