Jonny Flynn withstood the tests of time while on the Syracuse Orange. In a six-overtime match with longtime rival, the UConn Huskies, he played in 67 of 70 minutes, helping the Orange to a 10-point victory in a game that lasted into the next day.
Now, Flynn is looking to withstand the tests of time again. Drafted in the top 10 of the 2009 NBA Draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves, he became an immediate starter, serving as point guard. But after an injury that led to surgery on his hip, Flynn would return to the Timberwolves but not to the starting lineup. From there, he was used as a "trade piece" in his words, going to the Houston Rockets and Portland Trail Blazers before spending last season out of the NBA and in Australia.
This summer, the Indiana Pacers' organization provided him with an opportunity to show his worth once again by placing him on their roster for Orlando Pro Summer League in Florida.
During this week of competition, Flynn illustrated himself as an unselfish player who was looking for his teammates to excel. He was not focusing on keeping the ball until he could get a shot off. The limelight was not visibly important to him. Rather, playing like a true point guard, Flynn worked to be the setup man.
Along with this change in his game from when he was at Syracuse, Flynn also displayed maturity in how he handled himself. He did not come across as deserving of an opportunity, but, rather, competing for one.
As of now, he is not a starting point guard in the league. However, as a role player who can offer an NBA team good vision and passes to help turn that vision into points, he should be considered. Flynn ends Summer League with a B.