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NBA Draft 2020: San Diego State’s Malachi Flynn taken 29th by the Toronto Raptors

The San Diego State star is off to the NBA

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It took a little longer than hoped, but San Diego State star Malachi Flynn heard his named called in the first round of the NBA draft. He’s headed to the Toronto Raptors with the 29th overall pick.

This moment marks the peak of Flynn’s meteoric basketball rise from unknown Washington State transfer to second-team All American and Mountain West Conference Player of the Year.

Flynn became the catalyst in the one-year turnaround of the San Diego State basketball program, averaging 17.6 points per game and 5.4 assists while shooting 44 percent from the field. With Flynn leading the charge, SDSU won a school-record 30 games and were considered a national title contender before COVID-19 shut down the sports world.

Flynn will be able to immediately help his new NBA team on both sides of the court. Offensively, Flynn fits the Trae Young and Steph Curry mold, able to shoot deep threes efficiently. In addition, Flynn has shown an elite ability to hit pull-up jumpers and make plays off of ball screens. Flynn will be surefire offensive spark plug off the bench.

Defensively, Flynn’s tenacious on-ball defense and quick hands will allow him to hold his own against NBA scorers despite his small size. Flynn is a gem at the 29th pick and will help the Raptors from day one.

In our draft preview, we projected Flynn to transition into the Fred Van Fleet role — a player who will come up off the bench early in his career but will eventually develop into a valuable starter.