It’s been a while since the Raptors have been here. Making their first selection in the top half of the draft since selecting OG Anunoby 23rd overall in 2017, Toronto went with point guard Malachi Flynn with the 29th overall pick. They also selected combo guard Jalen Harris out of Nevada with the 59th overall pick, who will likely bide his time with the Raptors 905.
Wearing an olive suit, white shirt, and silver tie—and watching from his parents’ home in Tacoma, WA, due to the COVID-19 pandemic—Flynn sat in the middle of a busy sectional sofa where he is the youngest of seven children, before adorning a Raptors draft hat and embracing a family full of joy after his name was announced as opposed to walking up to the NBA draft stage for a customary handshake with Adam Silver.
Listed at 6-foot-1, 185-pounds, Flynn starred at San Diego State last season after transferring from Washington State. He averaged 17.6 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 5.1 assists in 32 games and finished his college career shooting 36.3 per cent from 3-point range. Raptors GM Bobby Webster spoke with the media after the selection and seemed pretty pleased Flynn was still available to them that late in the first round.
“We actually recently went to see him in Las Vegas,” Webster said. “It was good to see him after a six-or-seven month layoff. Got a chance to speak to him. Spoke to him on Zoom earlier in the pandemic. Someone we felt very comfortable with, obviously, his character. Obviously, had a very successful season. Won a ton this year at San Diego State. Believe he was Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year. A lot of the things that you guys know we like in our players, he checked a lot of those boxes.”
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