True, his 2 assists, 2 turnovers, -3 +/- and oh-for-everything-else represent an improvement in performance over what we came to expect from young Jonny.
But the real value in this great night comes from a visit to Basketball Reference, specifically the page relating to the 2009 NBA Draft. It was the night a giddy David Kahn landed Jonny Flynn of Syracuse, with the promise of on-court talent and off-court charisma that would quickly win the hearts and dollars of Timberwolves fans old and new.
Of course, the page at Basketball-Reference tells a different story. You see the column on the far right? The one that says "WS/48"? Click on that header, so that it sorts down from the highest to the lowest number. Now look near the bottom and see where Jonny Flynn stands. Then scroll your eyes up the list, and see alllllll the players picked after Jonny Flynn who have already had much more productive NBA careers, and many of whom will likely go on to do achieve even greater feats long after Jonny is out of the league.
But when you get to the top of this illustrious list, what do you see? Ricky Rubio! For the time being, our Spanish Unicorn has saved the 2009 draft, David Kahn's job, and any shred of hope that the Wolves might be relevant again!
Savor this moment deeply and quickly, because we never know how badly Rubio might fall after the Miami game.
SnP HERE/EDIT: Link to the 09 Draft fixed.