The Toronto Raptors had the 29th pick in the 2020 NBA Draft and selected San Diego State G Malachi Flynn on Wednesday night virtually from ESPN’s headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut. They fought valiantly against the Boston Celtics before losing in seven games in last year’s East Conference semifinals. The key to staying competitive for them could be to stop their team from breaking up.
Kyle Lowry and Pascal Siakam are All-Stars under contract but Fred VanVleet is testing the open market and is considered to be the top free agent available in many circles. The point guard position is crucial and Toronto would have to make a large offer to keep him on board. He’s not the only key player who could be headed out the door, as Serge Ibaka and Marc Gasol are free agents as well. How can Flynn fit in on a team two seasons removed from a title?
First-round Pick Analysis
Flynn is one of the better pick-and-roll ball handlers in this draft and has an opportunity to become a contributor right away. VanVleet could be headed out the door in free agency and that means Lowry could use a backcourt partner. Terence Davis made an NBA All-Rookie team as an underrated free agent last season but Flynn is much more skilled on offense. He averaged 17.6 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 5.1 assists per game in his final season at San Diego State. He could become a valuable rotation player, but that’ll only happen if VanVleet leaves.