With the 2020 NBA Draft just over three weeks away, the Toronto Raptors have been diligent about doing their homework. According to Marc Stein of the undefeated, the Raptors have added two point guard prospects to their watch list: Kansas’ Devon Dotson, and San Diego State’s Malachi Flynn.
Dotson is projected to go late in the first round of this year’s draft. Standing at 6’1 and weighing 185 pounds, he has good size for his position, but that doesn’t take away from his athleticism. He’s a speed demon on the fastbreak and is nearly impossible for defenders to stay in front of. While his mindset is more of a “score first” point guard, he still does a good job of getting his teammates involved. In his second and final season at Kansas, he posted figures of 18.1 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 4.0 assists, although his shooting percentage from beyond the arc dropped from 36.3% to 30.9%.
On the other hand, Flynn is slated to be taken somewhere in the middle of the second round of the 2020 draft. Flynn began his college career with Washington State, but transferred to San Diego State in his third season. While his athleticism does not match up to that of Dotson, he still has a quick first step, and is a great passer in the pick and roll. Additionally, he’s an excellent three-point shooter, coming off a season in which he made good on 37.3% of his shots from beyond the arc. He’s never shot below 33.8% from deep in a season through his college career. In his final year of school, Flynn averaged 17.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 5.1 assists per game. His frame is slightly more wiry than Dotson, standing at 6’2, and weighing just 175 pounds.
The Raptors working out point guard prospects should not be too concerning for fans hoping that they are able to re-sign Fred VanVleet. The two variables likely are not correlated, and the Toronto Raptors are just doing their due diligence on the best prospects whom they may have a shot at with the 29th pick. That being said, if the Raptors were to draft a point guard with their 29th pick, it could signal that they are looking into a sign-and-trade with VanVleet, or that they’re expecting him to leave for more money and a greater role.