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Jonny Flynn is Not The Answer For The Minnesota Timberwolves

MIAMI - MARCH 22:  Guard Jonny Flynn #10  of the Syracuse Orange reacts after scoring against the Arizona State Sun Devils during the second round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the American Airlines Arena on March 22, 2009 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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Timber WolfAnalyst IIFebruary 24, 2010

That smile and headband, although trademarks, really don't tell the story of the one they call Jonny Flynn.

Coming into the draft, Jonny figured to be a bonafide rookie of the year candidate. And although has shown some flash, it has become perfectly clear that Flynn's so-called POTENTIAL is nothing more than a solid spark off the bench, a taller Nate Robinson with better passing abilitys.

The game against Miami, and plenty others have made it painstakingly clear that Jonny is not cut to be a true point guard, and the assists that he gets are primarily on the fast break, and as a point guard myself, those are the easiest ones.

Jonny Flynn's problems centers on more than just his passing ability. It also has to do with how much he dribbles the ball down into the ground only to go NOWHERE, or find NOBODY.

It also has to do with his lack on the defensive end, ultimately being credited to his size.

It also has to do with the constant mistakes that he makes on a game to game basis, but despite that rookie "growing pain" theory, it's the same mistakes over and over.

Kurt Rambis, the head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves truly has the Wolves playing some decent basketball, but it's also clear that the triangle offense does not appeal well to Jonny.

But as David Kahn the president of Wolves basketball Operations said, the triangle offense is really overrated.

We have an offense based off passing, moving the ball, and moving without the ball for probably 10-14 seconds. After which, the ball is given to either Al Jefferson, the Wolves leading scorer in the post, or Jonny Flynn on an isolation, or on a pick and roll situation.

You have to look at it like this, if Chris Paul, Deron Williams, or even Rajon Rondo were to play for the Los Angeles Lakers (who run the triangle offense), are their assist numbers going to drop?

My guy says yes, but the numbers will not be significant, nothing more than 2 assists per game, due to the fact that the point guard does not have the ball in his hands all the time.

On to the next topic, the true answer to the Timberwolves problems as far as point guards go, his named is Ricky Rubio.

Why?

Well Ricky Rubio has incredible, astonishing court vision for one. He can often find impossible passes within the cracks of the defense, so his assist numbers according to some formulas based on pace of game, average possessions, and the comparison of the European style of play to the NBA, has Rubio's assist numbers floating around 10-12.

Will that happen? Probably not.

But the thing is, Rubio does not have to have the ball to be successful.

He often does what is expected of a point guard in the triangle offense, he brings the ball up court, gets everyone organized, kicks the ball to a wing player, and waits on the other side behind the 3-point line to see what his teammates will do. Then depending on time, he makes his move based on the defense, which often times ends up being a pick and roll or isolation.

Head coach Kurt Rambis has said plenty of times that if Ricky Rubio came over, he would be the starting point guard.

A lot of NBA analysts are saying that Flynn would be a solid 6th man, because of his scoring ability. When the Wolves do get their revolutionary point guard (Rubio or Wall), Flynn will not start. Book it.

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