Title: Raptors Report: Malachi Flynn passes the second-year player test at Summer League, rookie injuries and more
Date: August 12, 2021
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about Malachi Flynn looking very solid for the summer league Raptors, and a few other quick topics.
LAS VEGAS — Will Weaver has what you might call a reputation. An excellent coach in the G League and Australian league with several stops as an NBA assistant on the resume, Weaver can run hot. Malachi Flynn may want to heed that warning, as the Raptors point guard was a thorn in the side of Weaver, the Houston Rockets’ Summer League coach, all game Thursday.
The Rockets entered the game as reasonable favourites. The Raptors were on a back-to-back and had turned in a rough-looking performance Wednesday, and the Rockets came in at 2-0 and had looked dominant early in the tournament. Armed with No. 2 pick Jalen Green, fellow rookies Alperen Sengun, Usman Garuba and Josh Christopher and some experienced rotation players, the Rockets are exactly the type of explosive team that can often out-talent their way to wins in this environment. The Raptors, meanwhile, look a little less glossy on paper.
Enter Flynn, who is passing the highest-fidelity Summer League test there is: the second-year first-round pick test. He was instrumental in the Raptors’ 92-76 mini-upset victory.