The Toronto Raptors used a first-round pick on San Diego State point guard Malachi Flynn with the expectation that he would immediately assume a starting role in Toronto given his status as the Mountain West Conference Player of the Year. An experienced player who has been in college for a while, Flynn was expected to hit the ground running.
Unfortunately, Flynn’s poor offensive production has put a major cap on how productive he has been with Toronto. Flynn has averaged just 2.2 points per game this season, shooting an awful 28 percent from the field and 22 percent from 3-point range, In an attempt to fix his jumper, Nick Nurse is sending him to Disney World.
Flynn will join Raptors 905 in the G League bubble as he looks to iron out the kinks in his game. While this is likely the best move for Flynn in the short term and the Raptors in the long term, this move has left them with a vacancy at point guard that Masai Ujiri needs to fill. There are plenty of alternatives who could see their names end up in the Raptors rumors mill.
These 3 point guards could give the Toronto Raptors more depth
Rather than roll the dice on an unproven young player, Toronto might look to add a point guard with a bit of experience into the fold. These three veterans are all out of the NBA right now, but they could head down to Tampa and help the Raptors chase a playoff spot.
Toronto Raptors point guard target No. 3: Emmanuel Mudiay
Mudiay was picked 7th overall in the 2015 NBA Draft by the Denver Nuggets. While he started to emerge as a solid slasher point guard that filled up the stat sheet to the tune of 12 points per game in his first two seasons, his poor shooting percentage doomed him. He soon fell out of the rotation, which led to him getting traded to the New York Knicks.
Mudiay has spent the last two seasons either putting up hollow stats on a bad Knicks team or playing as a reserve for a playoff-bound Jazz team that didn’t want him back. Still, Mudiay is just 24 years old, and there is reason to believe that Nick Nurse, a masterful developer of talent, could help him improve on offense.
While replacing a poor shooter in Flynn with another poor shooter in Mudiay might seem redundant to some. but Mudiay is a much bigger guard that can add a whole new dimension to the offense, as he can fly downhill and attack the rim while serving as a tougher physical challenge for opposing guards than the wiry Flynn.
Mudiay is too young and much too athletically gifted to wash out of the NBA at this early age. While Nurse wouldn’t guarantee him a second of playing time, he could look to get his career back on track while helping a team in need of some point guard depth fight back into the playoff picture, and that combination could entice Mudiay to become a Raptor.