Raptors' Malachi Flynn scores 73 points in impressive pro-am display
Malachi Flynn may have a point to prove.
On Saturday, the Toronto Raptors guard appeared in former NBA guard Jamal Crawford's "Crawsover" Pro-Am tournament in Seattle, suiting up for the "Sonics" team.
Tomorrow! Washington’s own, Toronto raptors guard Malachi Flynn will be @thecrawsover pro am ready to put on a show!!!!
— 🏁 Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) July 16, 2022
Just as Crawford predicted, Flynn certainly delivered, and then some, scoring a whopping 73 points and grabbing 12 rebounds in a 115-108 win.
Malachi Flynn just dropped 73PTS at the Crawsover Pro-Am 🤯🤯🤯 pic.twitter.com/l5sH8O0Vw5
— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) July 16, 2022
The 24-year-old's impressive performance turned some heads in the basketball world, with many taking to social media to sing Flynn's praises.
Some say no one was playing defense but a lot of those clips were tough contested shots. Plus 73 is 73 🤙🏽 https://t.co/mV0kDZJN3q
— Peyton Siva Jr (@PeypeySiva3) July 17, 2022
Somebody gonna give him a REAL chance and he gonna take it to the TOP… real hoop game!! https://t.co/1Z5LU20P2y
— Isaiah Thomas (@isaiahthomas) July 17, 2022
@malachiflynn @JCrossover 🔥🔥🔥 https://t.co/Vp0KraazQg
— Fred VanVleet (@FredVanVleet) July 16, 2022
Internet jokesters didn't shy away from making memes about Flynn's big day, even throwing shade at NBA superstar LeBron James, who made his long-awaited return to the Drew League Pro-Am on Saturday.
Malachi Flynn walking into training camp this upcoming season https://t.co/r24Nvlzm22 pic.twitter.com/Cx2UjrU2yn
— Libaan Osman (@libaanstar1) July 17, 2022
Malachi Flynn in the NBA vs Malachi Flynn in any offseason basketball games pic.twitter.com/axpRC6q3rL
— TrolledByScottie⁶𓅓 (@TrolledByBarnes) July 17, 2022
Malachi Flynn is officially better than LeBron James pic.twitter.com/uEAuGydIS9
— NBA Memes (@NBAMemes) July 17, 2022
The Tacoma, Washington native has struggled to establish himself in the NBA after being drafted with the 29th overall pick of the 2020 NBA Draft by the Raptors.
In 91 career games with Toronto, Flynn has averaged six points, 2.3 assists and two rebounds, while shooting 38 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from three in 16.1 minutes per game.
Following the Raptors' disappointing playoff exit in the first round at the hands of the Philadelphia 76ers, head coach Nick Nurse spoke about what he'd like to see out of Flynn if he wants to consistently crack the rotation.
"I think he needs to be a little bit more of a pressure defender up the floor, just as a nuisance and as a change for us," Nurse said. "Fred (VanVleet) can do it, but he’s not really a guy that will spend all that energy up the floor but it’s good to have a guy come off the bench and just turn a guy a little bit in the backcourt and eat into them."
In January, Flynn's father took to Facebook to vent about his disapproval over his son's role in the team and his treatment at the hands of Nurse.
"I pray for Nick 'Nursery' but the way he has treated my son, I wouldn't treat a dog that way," Eric Flynn said. "Malachi Flynn is a better person than he is a basketball and why would you treat a good person that way."
Here's to hoping that Malachi has finally figured out how to make his mark in the NBA.
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