Jonny Flynn, Bust?

It seems like there is a lot of chatter on this site that Flynn might be bust. That may end up being the case, but I'm not one to rush to judgment. I decided to look up Jonny's numbers in comparison to other rookie PGs that have made their way through the league.

As far as I can tell Flynn was 1 of only 11 PGs since 1980 to average 28+ minutes as a 20 or under rookie. Here is the list sorted by minutes per game.

Tyreke Evans
Derek Rose
Magic Johnson
Chris Paul
Mike Bibby
Stephon Marbury
Isiah Thomas
Brandon Jennings
Russell Westbrook
Tony Parker
Jonny Flynn

That's pretty nice company to belong in, so how did he stack up? Well he struggled with assists and turnovers. His 1.53 Assist/TO ratio ranked him dead last among this group (Westbrook 1.59 was the next worst). Flynn was also 4th worst in TO per minute. And his assists per minutes were 2nd worst only better than Tony Parker.

In terms of scoring Flynn ranked right in the middle at 16.8 points per 36 minutes. Evans was 1st at 19.5, Parker was last at 11.2. His 41.5% shooting from the floor ranked him 8th, although only Magic, Rose, and Evans shot better than 43%. His 35.8% 3 point shooting was 2nd, behind only Jennings. He was also 4th in FT%.

He was 2nd worst at rebounding, and 3rd worst in steals (per minute).

So take what you will out of these numbers. By no means am I suggesting that Flynn will be as good as the rest of the names on this list, I just wanted to put his rookie year into some context.

And while I'm here, just a little more food for thought regarding Flynn last year.

Wolves record when Flynn played 29+ minutes 10-34 (.227), record when Flynn played less than 28 or fewer minutes 5-32 (.135). record when Flynn played 36+ minutes 4-4.

Wolves record when Flynn scored 16+ points 11-19 (.367), record when Flynn scored 15 or fewer 4-47 (.078).

Wolves record when Flynn attempted 12+ shots 11-33 (.250), record when Flynn attempted 11 or fewer shots 4-33 (.108), record when Flynn attempted 16+ shots 6-2 (.750).

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