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NBA Draft Profile:
Jonny Flynn, Syracuse

Posted on 21. Mar, 2009 by Nolan in Draft, NBA, Player Profiles

Blessed with some of the best handles I’ve ever seen, Jonny was the most popular player in the Big East, and for good reason. Though he only played two seasons at Syracuse, Flynn will be remembered as one of the best point guards ever to wear Orange. From the moment he stepped foot on campus Jonny was the unquestioned leader of the team. It’s a role he’s comfortable in, and highlights the many intangible qualities Flynn will bring to an NBA lockerroom. A flashy New York point guard, Jonny penetrated his way into the hearts of Big East followers all across the East coast. He will be remembered as the guy who broke Carmelo Anthony’s freshman scoring record in his collegiate debut, and as the catalyst of the Big East Tournament run that included the greatest game the Big East Conference has ever seen (Syracuse vs Uconn 6OT’s).

Offensively Jonny possesses the rare ability to be a triple threat on the floor. He has the ability to Shoot, Drive, and Pass as good as any floor general in the country. He has a dynamic first step which allows him to penetrate the lane at will, and is not afraid of contact. He uses his incredible ball handling skills to get his defenders off balance, and than kills them with his amazing quickness and burst. He attacks the rim with reckless abandonment and is willing to take it at anyone in his way. Sometimes Jonny has the tendency to get out of control on his way to the rim and may even force a bad shot or two as a result. As a shooter Flynn is relatively streaky, possessing an adequate mid range game and the ability to get hot from deep. Jonny is a terrific finisher, both in traffic and on the fast break. In fact, being on the run is how Jonny is expected to carve out his NBA niche. You won’t find too many prospects with the ability to play the transition, up-tempo game with the skill set Jonny has in his arsenal. Jonny makes good decisions on the break, is excellent at changing speeds, and always has his head on a swivel. A bit undersized, Jonny’s leaping ability helps him make up for his tiny stature. The kid’s got legs and isn’t afraid to use them. Overall Jonny possess every skill you would want your point guard to have, and will be an excellent offensive point guard if drafted into the right system. A slow down, half court system wouldn’t be a good fit for Jonny as he is built in the perfect mold to run an up-tempo, Western Conference offense.

Defensively, Jonny’s size figures to be a bigger factor. As a high school player, Jonny was known as one of the best on ball defenders in the nation. Playing in Syracuse’s 2-3 zone has hidden whether he is capable of doing it against bigger, faster, and more experienced guards. In the zone, Jonny was active at times, but lacked interest at other times. He is undersized, yes, but his speed and the recent success of other smaller guards defensively will offset some of the concern. He has the lateral quickness, burst, and grit to be a terrific on ball defender. Now he just needs to put his mind to accomplishing it.

Overall Jonny grades out as an elite level point guard with both the tangible and intangible qualities NBA General Managers look for in a floor general. If he can overcome his size, the sky is the limit for this gifted, coachable, leader from Syracuse University.

Will be selected: Pick #7- 14
NBA Comparison- Steve Francis

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