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Lakers and Other NBA Teams That Should Draft Malachi Flynn
The Aztecs didn’t have an opportunity to thrive in March Madness, which is a big blow to all of San Diego State University. Not having the chance to shine in front of millions on television also hurts the draft stock of Malachi Flynn.
The 6’1” point guard was one of the top guards in America this past season. The only problem is not a lot of people outside San Diego are in the loop. As an SDSU alum and big fan of the basketball program, I am aware of how special Malachi is.
A handful of squads could use a player of his caliber, and Flynn has already decided to forgo his senior season on Montezuma Mesa. With that in mind, here are 5 teams that should draft Malachi Flynn in 2020.
Golden State Warriors
I agree with Noah Davis that the Warriors should draft James Wiseman. However, Golden State owns a pair of second-round picks — one of which could be utilized on Malachi Flynn.
Steve Kerr appreciates premium shooters who can handle the rock and play top-notch defense. That translates into falling head over heels in love with Flynn. Ky Bowman is the only other point guard besides Steph Curry on the Dubs active roster, so the need for more depth at PG is evident.
The reigning Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year in the Mountain West Conference would be a perfect fit in the Bay Area.
Los Angeles Lakers
The way LeBron James and Anthony Davis play, all the Lakers need to do is intelligently fill in the rest of the roster with hard-working role players. Rajon Rondo is a liability shooting the rock from the outside, and Avery Bradley isn’t a true point guard who is instilled with a “pass-first” mentality.
Quite frankly, Malachi Flynn is exactly the type of point guard Frank Vogel needs at the top of the key. Flynn doesn’t always need to have the ball in his hands to provide an impact on the floor. He excels as an on-ball defender and is a proficient outside threat.
The Lake Show will be picking at the tail end of round one, and “Mal” is on the top of the list when it comes to prospects likely to sneak into the first round of the NBA Draft.
Los Angeles Clippers
The richer are going to get richer — that’s the way the NBA Draft works.
Not that the Clippers need another dynamic playmaker in their rotation, but they own a second-round pick in the upcoming draft. Jerry West is as good as it gets when it comes to spotting talent and building a championship roster, so it’s likely the Clips are extremely familiar with Malachi’s game.
In fact, Flynn played just two hours down the road from the STAPLES CENTER, and the entire team watched him play on the night the Aztecs retired Leonard’s jersey.
With the SDSU ties in plain sight, Malachi landing with the Clippers is highly probable.
The relationship between Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert is tarnished. If the Jazz opt to stick with Rudy and put Donovan on the trading block, Utah is suddenly in desperate need of a point guard. The truth is Mike Conley’s game severely tapered off as he battled through injuries in 2019. And he’s turning 33 in October.
Why not replenish the backcourt by injecting Malachi Flynn into the lineup?
A true NBA Draft sleeper in 2020, Malachi does a little bit of everything. Aside from scoring 17.6 points/game as a junior at San Diego State, he led the Mountain West Conference in assists (5.1) and steals (1.8) per game.
In case fans in Salt Lake City need another reminder of how big of a stud Flynn is, allow me to remind them that he and the Aztecs bludgeoned the Utes by 32 points this past season.
Having no March Madness hurt the stock of a lot of players, and Flynn is undoubtedly one of the guys who could slip in June as a result. Well, Philly picks twice early in the second round (four second-round picks overall), so there’s a decent chance Malachi Flynn could fall into their lap.
The reason Flynn would be such a good fit in Philly is due to the current makeup of their roster. I see massively talented guys in Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. Tobias Harris is severely underrated, and Josh Richardson is more than capable. But do you see a true point guard who can knock down open shots and play hard-nosed defense?
Simmons can certainly bring the ball up the floor and dominate as a distributor, but there’s too much pressure on him as the only trusted ball-handler. If the 76ers draft Malachi Flynn, a big burden would be lifted off of Ben’s shoulders.
Who Will Draft Malachi Flynn in 2020?
I could see Flynn rocking the Purple and Gold. I know Malachi would blend right into Steve Kerr’s regime in Golden State, and I’m sure the Jazz and Clippers are going to entertain the possibility of selecting him.
With that being said, the 76ers own five picks in the 2020 NBA Draft and could genuinely use a “true” point guard. Philadelphia plays well when they lean on Joel Embiid and Al Horford in the post, but I’d love to see Ben Simmons operate in a system where he wasn’t relied on so heavily to dictate the flow of the offense.
Add all of these factors up, and Malachi Flynn could be packing his bags for the City of Brotherly Love.
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