Malachi Flynn goes for 73 points in pro-am game

Toronto Raptors guard Malachi Flynn hopes to turn his impressive performance in a pro-am tournament into an NBA success. (Getty Pictures)

Malachi Flynn may have something to prove.

On Saturday, the Toronto Raptors guard appeared in former NBA guard Jamal Crawford’s “Crawsover” Pro-Am tournament in Seattle, adapting to the “Sonics” team.

Just as Crawford predicted, Flynn certainly delivered and more, scoring 73 points and grabbing 12 rebounds in a 115-108 win.

The 24-year-old’s impressive performance turned heads in the basketball world, with many taking to social media to sing Flynn’s praises.

Internet pranksters weren’t shy about making memes about Flynn’s big day, even throwing shade at NBA superstar LeBron James, who did his long-awaited return to the Drew League Pro-Am Saturday.

The Tacoma, Washington native struggled to establish himself in the NBA after being drafted with the 29th overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft by the Raptors.

In 91 career games with Toronto, Flynn averaged six points, 2.3 assists and two rebounds, while shooting 38% from the field and 33.3% from three in 16.1 minutes per game.

After the Raptors’ disappointing first-round playoff exit at the hands of the Philadelphia 76ers, the head coach Nick Nurse talked about what he would like to see from Flynn if he wants to systematically crack the rotation.

“I think he needs to be a bit more of a pressure defender on the pitch, just as a nuisance and as a change for us,” The nurse said. “Fred (VanVleet) can do it, but he’s not really a guy who will expend all that energy on the floor, but it’s nice to have a guy come off the bench and turn a guy in the lap a bit. backcourt and eats it.”

In January, Flynn’s dad took to Facebook to express his disapproval of his son’s role on the team and his treatment at the hands of the nurse.

“I pray for Nick ‘Nursery’ but the way he treated my son, I wouldn’t treat a dog that way,” Eric Flynn said. “Malachi Flynn is a better person than he is a basketball player and why would you treat a good person that way.”

Hopefully Malachi has finally figured out how to make his mark in the NBA.

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