2020 NBA Draft Profile: Malachi Flynn

06/04/2020 at 12:06pm

Malachi Flynn
6’2  |  PG  |  22.0  |  San Diego State  |  JR

16.8 1.05 92nd 53% 10% 14%

Malachi Flynn is a talented all-around guard who emerged as one of the top floor generals in the country for a San Diego State team that did not lose a game until late February.  A lightly regarded prospect at the end of his senior year at Bellarmine Preparatory School (WA), Flynn played his first two seasons at Washington State averaging 15.8 points and 4.3 assists per game as a sophomore.  Transferring to San Diego State, Flynn sat a year before breaking out as the leader of an Aztecs roster that exceeded expectations to trend towards a one-seed in the NCAA Tournament before stumbling twice late in the year following slow starts.  Averaging 17.6 points and 5.1 assists per game, Flynn captured Consensus All-American 2nd Team and  Mountain West Player of the Year honors.

33.4 17.6 4.5 5.1 44% 37% 86% 1.8 0.1 1.8 1.8

  • Standing 6’2 with a 185-pound frame and 6’3 wingspan, Flynn has average size, but extremely quick hands and a craftiness that helps him get to spots off the dribble.

  • A well-rounded lead guard who  ranked among the most prolific pick and roll players in the country this season, Flynn is a reliable scorer from all-three levels who limits his mistakes.  His tremendous ball handling ability makes him deceptively quick and his ability to rise and fire accurately out of a variety of situations helped him keep the pressure on opposing defenses for a team that thrived under his leadership.

  • Flashing excellent instincts defensively, Flynn is a cerebral defender who makes some very pesky plays despite lacking much in the way of size.

Shot Chart

PlayType Analysis

  • Serving as the primary shot creator for an Aztecs team that leaned on him to score and distribute, Flynn operated extensively out of ball screen actions and emerged as one of the most efficient lead guards in the country this season.  With a tremendous handle that made it difficult for opposing defenders to stay at home off the ball, he steadily made the right play as a passer while scoring an elite 1.060 points per pick and roll possession [96th percentile].  A savvy decision-maker, he has never been especially turnover prone throughout his career, but his low-mistake style was especially impressive in the high-volume role he played as a junior.

  • Making shots at an impressive rate as well, Flynn forced little offensively, but had some huge individual outbursts nonetheless.  A dangerous set shooter who can make shots running off screens and rise and fire with range on a dime off quick crossovers, he scored 1.05 points per jump shot in the half court [80th percentile].  Shooting the ball with sound mechanics and good range, he also did a good job picking and choosing his spots inside the arc finishing floaters with soft touch and tossing in crafty scoops when he ventured inside.

  • He is not the most explosive slasher but scored 1.25 points per shot around the rim in the half court [74th percentile] anyways as his ability to change speeds is magnified by his ability to freeze defenders with hesitation moves.

Pick & Roll Spot Up
40% 1.06 96th 15% 1.09 86th

Transition Isolation
12% 1.14 72nd 12% 0.92 77th

  • Ranked 12th in the NCAA and 2nd in the Mountain West in pick and roll scoring (7.1 ppg)
  • Ranked 1st in the Mountain West in points created by passes out of the pick and roll (7.6 ppg)
  • Ranked 3rd in the Mountain West in isolation scoring (1.8 ppg)

Defensive Analysis

  • Playing with good intensity defensively and flashing very quick hands, Flynn held his own guarding on the perimeter and forced an impressive volume of turnovers. Active in the passing lanes, he showed a very impressive knack for picking the pockets of opposing ball handlers in his single season at San Diego State.

  • He may not have great length or strength to effect shooters or defend multiple positions but is a smart on-ball defender who allowed 0.53 points per one-on-one possession [82nd percentile].