2. Malachi Flynn
Early in his rookie year, it looked like the selection of Flynn wasn’t the wisest move from Ujiri, as his inefficient shooting prompted a G League stint. Flynn quickly proved all of those doubters wrong by winning the Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month Award in April due to his lethal performance on offense.
Flynn will see his role change from a developmental bench guard to arguably the first man off of the bench for a Toronto backcourt that has gone through some extensive changes this season. If Flynn fixes one huge flaw in his game right now on offense, this transition could happen with relative ease.
Can Malachi Flynn become a Sixth Man for the Toronto Raptors?
Flynn was a poor finisher at the rim last year, finishing well below the league average in that regard. We know he can defend, pass, handle the ball, and shoot at an NBA level, so adding that to his game will do wonders for his offensive game. We started to see flashes of a breakout last year, but Flynn can really turn it on in 2021.
With his backcourt running mates on the bench currently consisting of a veteran in Goran Dragic who doesn’t even want to be in Toronto and two raw second-round rookies in Dalano Banton and David Johnson, the Raptors need Flynn to sustain his offensive production from the end of last season.