Based on the 1,000+ possessions of data we collected for the 60 prospects in the SIS Hoops database, Flynn had the fourth-highest Net Winning Impact per Offensive Possession.
Note: Winning Plays are defined as any play, on-/off-ball, where a player either significantly increases his team’s chances of scoring or decreases his opponent’s chances of scoring; Losing Plays are simply the opposite.
Even more telling — and before our data existed impossible to quantify — is that despite his positional size Flynn led the entire database in Defensive Winning Impact. It’s not surprising that San Diego State went from 21-13 in 2018-19 to 30-2 in 2019-20 after Flynn joined the team.
Flynn will be able to help Toronto’s offense right away both on-ball (where he rated 9th in Creating On-Ball Advantages, 8th in Passing/Playmaking) and off-ball (4th in Outside Shooting).
Similarly, on defense he will be able to defend ball-handlers at the point-of-attack (5th in Point-of-Attack Defense) and can be relied upon to be disciplined (3rd in Defensive Discipline & Maturity) and active (6th in Defensive Willingness & Activity) away from the ball.
Winning impact leaders of this class:
1. LaMelo Ball Hornets
2. Killian Hayes Pistons
3. Kira Lewis Jr. Pelicans
4. Malachi Flynn Raptors
5. Tyrese Haliburton Kings
Curious most about the POA defense. If he can be a plus on that end I feel really good about this pick. The only thing really holding me back with him is his smallish measurements and athleticism. He just just looks a bit skinny to me being a sub-200 lbs guard. Will he fight through screens and survive? Can those quick hands still translate in a league that watches hand-checking? The good nees is he will immediately learn from the two best small guards in the NBA.