T-Wolf Talk: Flynn Getting Hang of NBA At Midseason and It's Normal

Ethan WeiserCorrespondent IJanuary 6, 2010

Last year at this time, people were questioning whether or not Kevin Love could be successful in this league because of his poor start and poor numbers.

Fortunately, Jonny Flynn isn't having this problem, and he's actually posting really solid numbers, and is third on many Rookie of the Year rankings.

Now Kevin Love is playing extremely well, is second in the league in rebounds, and considered by some to be the big man of the Wolves' future over Jefferson.

So where will Flynn be in a year?

It takes a lot of players in the league some time to develop. Emeka Okafor was Rookie of the Year in 2004-2005, even though Dwight Howard was also in that draft class. Damon Stoudamire won Rookie of the year in 1996 over Kevin Garnett and Rasheed Wallace.

The best players in a draft aren't determined right away.

This looks to be true with Flynn.

Flynn wasn't playing very well in his first few games. He had a lot of turnovers, and almost cost the Wolves opening night against the Nets, after missing a shot that was put back by Damien Wilkins.

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Now, Flynn is learning from his mistakes.

In a recent game Flynn committed a routine turnover to Ron Artest (something players do 1.3 times per game). His coach Kurt Rambis commented afterward, "Ron Artest just stuck his hand out and grabbed the basketball. Jonny Flynn came back laughing, saying, 'There was no way I thought he was going to get his hand on that ball.' That's the type of thing he has to learn in this league, what he can and can't do against the tremendous athletes."

It's true. Learning how the NBA works isn't an overnight exercise.

A few perfect examples are former Timberwolves. Kevin Love and Kevin Garnett both only made the All-Rookie Second Team, while both were No. 5 picks. Garnett won the MVP eight seasons later. Seems like a long time to wait, but it's still an MVP award.

Flynn is also starting to make improvements that you can see.

-He started off his career by missing the game winning shot against a bad team. He recently hit a game winning shot against an above .500 team.

-He started off his first two months averaging 3.9 assists per game and 3.2 turnovers. Since then he has averaged 4.3 assists and 2.3 turnovers.

-He is also helping the team win. He is averaging 17.1 points and 4.6 assists in wins, and 14.3 and less than four assists in losses.

Like many things with the Wolves, you have to be patient with Flynn's improvement. He's playing extremely well, but the fact that he isn't in the elite category may change. And if it doesn't, we can still be happy that Flynn is becoming a better NBA player over time, learning from his mistakes, and helping the Timberwolves win.


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