One of the better Syracuse guards, a true leader and floor general, a scoring machine with solid passing a good court vision, Jonny Flynn is more vital to the Timberwolves than ever before.
While everyone can argue that Brandon Jennings, Stephen Curry, Darren Collison, and Tyreke Evans are better point guards than Flynn, Flynn had to step into a completely new situation running the triangle offense that limited his abilities. Even so, Jonny Flynn averaged 13 points, 4.5 assists and 1 steal per game in 29 minutes, in any light that's a successful rookie campaign.
Last season, many saw Flynn dominating the ball and making countless turnovers, but he showed enough flash to allow I as well as Wolves fans believe that he still has all star caliber potential. His penetrating ability accompanied with the ability to hit layups from any angle, and with some minor improvement should bode well for him, this could be after all his last shot in a Wolves uniform (Ricky Rubio coming in 2011-2012).
In the present, Jonny Flynn is injured recovering with a bum hip. He's fully practicing now and expects to make his return in mid November which is right around the corner. With Luke Ridnour expected to be out with a hamstring injury, Sebastian Telfair is probably going to start with Wayne Ellington backing him up out of position. Jonny Flynn hence is missed.
Looking at the role that Sebastian Telfair has been playing, he's been shooting a lot of three's on the screen and roll and penetrating into the paint and jacking up floaters and layups. To say the least, Telfair is showing some signs of being able to score, but he's no Flynn. If Flynn steps into this role, he's an immediate upgrade to the bench and has rediscovered his love for the game.
Jonny was on the sideline watching veteran's Ridnour and Telfair run the point, and he's been picking up everything that the coaching staff and the veteran's been saying as evidenced by this quote:
"It's definitely crazy. Last year, I was always thinking when he (coach Rambis) pulled me to the side, "What is he talking about? What is he seeing?" When you sit there and see things from the sidelines, you see a lot of things you normally wouldn't see or pay attention to when you're in the game. I really have a better understanding now of what the coaches are looking at."
In Syracuse, Jonny showed star potential beyond his 19 years. While he was a freelance point, he got his teammates involved and did a huge majority of the scoring. In his summer league he showed flashes of being the next Chris Paul. Being in head coach Kurt Rambis' flow offense took Jonny out of his game as his pick and roll expertise was put to use rarely.
This year could be different, this years Timberwolves team uses a lot of pick and roll and fast break flowing offense. Jonny could flourish, Jonny needs to flourish.
With the Timberwolves' season going bad so far, Jonny Flynn is a positive possibility, and I bet 90 percent of Wolves fans wouldn't say that last season midseason.
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