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Boston Celtics Should Pass on Jonny Flynn

Boston Celtics, Jonny Flynn

Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Celtics obviously are in the market for additional guard depth, and in particular, at the point guard position.  One guy they figure to check in on is former Minnesota Timberwolves draftee Jonny Flynn.

Flynn was drafted 6th overall in the 2009 NBA Draft out of Syracuse.  He had a great collegiate career for head coach Jim Boeheim but he was the type of guy who could get a GM fired for selecting him so high.  He is as small as they come for the position, generously being listed at 6 feet.

The problem with Flynn was that he was never nearly as talented as his selection would indicate.  He is not a great shooter and his defense remains questionable.  He can penetrate well, but finishing has never been a strong suit either.  He has already played on three teams and he just turned 24 over a week ago.  He is desperately looking for another chance and the Celtics clearly need another point guard on their roster.

Will the Celtics sign Flynn?  Can’t see it.  If the guy was good, he obviously wouldn’t still be available for any team to pick him up.  He has youth on his side, compared to a guy like Janero Pargo, who has been around forever.  Flynn offers minimal upside, especially with career shooting averages of 40% from the field and 33% from three point land.  The three point percentage isn’t awful, it’s not good, but it isn’t awful.  The 40% number is bad for a point guard, who normally is expected to be a more than capable shooter.  Having a guy like Steve Nash in his prime who can make shots with his eyes closed is obviously a benefit.

The Celtics are in the market for another point guard but it would be difficult seeing them giving Flynn another shot.

Rob Lunder covers the Boston Celtics for Rant Sports.  For all Celtics news go to the team homepage on Rant Sports.  Follow him on Twitter @rlunder 18