The Toronto Raptors have been deeply disappointing in the second half of the season as their 2-5 record may actually be worse than it looks. Both wins have come against a beaten Nets team without any of their stars, and two of those five losses have come against the Magic and Pistons.
The Raptors saw big names like Fred VanVleet and OG Anunoby sidelined with injuries, while starters like Gary Trent Jr. struggled mightily from 3-point range. Converting on just 29% of their 3-pointers, Toronto has sometimes been difficult to watch on the offensive side.
Despite all the pessimism around this team at the moment, there have been some very nice improvements from individual players over this seven-game streak. These standout performances shouldn’t simply be dismissed because of Toronto’s win-loss record over that span.
As the Raptors begin to lose ground in the Eastern Conference playoff race, that doesn’t necessarily have to obscure the fact that these three players have made their mark with sensational performances in recent games. Time will tell if they can maintain this form.
These 3 Toronto Raptors are playing well in the team’s poor second half.
3. Malachi Flynn
It’s a shame Flynn was sidelined with a hamstring injury as he was playing some of the best basketball of his career. Flynn has averaged 12.5 points and 4.5 assists per game since resuming play, making half of his shots while making 42% of his 3-point attempts.
Flynn was placed in the rotation against Dalano Banton when VanVleet was sidelined, as Nick Nurse wanted someone with a little more consistency on the attacking side of the ball. After stealing our hearts with his fantastic April last year, Flynn is setting the stage for another hot finish.
Malachi Flynn seems more confident for the Toronto Raptors.
Flynn isn’t guaranteed to return to Toronto next year, as losing his back-up job to Banton from the get-go wasn’t a good idea. However, Flynn is slowly starting to prove his worth to this organization as he was able to produce despite a shortage of talent around him due to injuries.
Flynn’s progress as a shooter is most encouraging considering he’s been all over the place this season. Once back from injury, he should remain a valuable part of the rotation for the rest of the season while setting him up for success next year.