Tuesday, July 28, 2009

T-Wolves roll a seven with Flynn at the Vegas Summer League

The Las Vegas Summer League ended last weekend, and all observers came away impress with the play of two players, Los Angeles Clippers power forward Blake Griffin and Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Jonny Flynn.

The T-Wolves front office envisions Flynn bringing a strong presence to their starting lineup and providing a spark with their lackluster fan base. And time and time again in summer league action, he worked the hard screen option to perfection with his big man that allows him to explode through the lane for an easy basket.

Flynn’s passing had also been impeccable all throughout the week, as he shown the classic behind-the- back pass, a two-hand over the head dish to a open man, and the lane penetrating kickout to a shooter beyond the three-point arc. NBA scouts criticizes Flynn prior to the draft on if he would be able to score over 7-footers in league play. Now, their impress with how he can cut their size in half by drawing contact when driving into the lane.

Flynn told reporters in media briefings that he understands that the Timberwolves will not change their style of play to fit him in the lineup. With Ricky Rubio’s arrival to Minnesota pending, he will have to be open-minded about sharing the handling of the ball with the Spanish superstar next season. Flynn contends that he doesn’t need the ball in his hands to be successful, and Coach Boeheim wanted him to dominate the handling of the ball during his two years at Syracuse University.

His summer work isn’t over, as Flynn will need to develop a mid-range shot. This is essential for him to be successful in the NBA, as this will force defenders to play honest and open some space up for the T-Wolves outside shooters. His high turnover ratio from college will need to go down, as scouts have whispered that Flynn is careless with handling of the ball and doesn’t value each offensive possession. But, no one questions his toughness on the court, as he played 67 of the 70 minutes in the epic six-overtime win over Connecticut in the Big East Tournament last March.
The potential is there for Flynn to become a star in the NBA. Now, we wait for him to evolve on the court this season.

Written By Thomas Conroy