Our 2022-2023 player season preview series continues with Terance Mann, one of the players with the most upside on the team.
Weight: 215 pounds
Position: Shooting guard/Small forward
Years in NBA: 3
Key Stats: 10.8 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists in 28.6 minutes per game across 81 games played with 48.4/36.5/78.0 shooting splits.
Contract Status: Making $1.9M this year before a 2 year $22M extension kicks in next season.
When Terance Mann first came into the NBA, the prevailing thought was that he could possibly develop into a big point guard for the Clippers. Fast-forward to now and he’s found his role as a bit of a jack-of-all-trades wing. This season, Mann will be asked to help steady the second unit. He’s improved as a player each year he’s been in the league, and this will hopefully be the season that he puts it all together.
Last season was supposed to be a breakout year of sorts for Mann, and to some extent it was. He posted career-best numbers; but his efficiency dropped from the previous season. A lot of that, however, can be chalked up to players being asked to step out of their comfort zone due to the shuffling roster the Clippers had.
With a healthy roster, Mann should be able to settle back into his comfort zone while posting better numbers on improved efficiency like his 2020-21 season.
The one aspect of Mann’s game that he excels in also happens to be an area the Clippers struggled with last season without their star players. He one of the team’s best slashing threats and he is an efficient finisher at the rim. He’s already had his share of highlight dunks. He’s already under control on his drives to the rim, and look for him to improve on that by earning more trips to the free-throw line.
Mann has also become a much more willing and consistent shooter from three-point range. What was once perceived as a weakness has now become an area of strength. He’s partial to the corner three and he shot 36.5 percent from distance last season. That was down from the 41.8 percent he shot in 2020-21, but it also came with an increase in attempts from the three-point line. Mann used to be a little hesitant to shoot from range, but he’s much more comfortable in that shot now. With a healthy roster, look for that percentage to increase as he sees more open catch and shoot looks.
Defensively, Mann is one of the team’s most versatile players. His size and quickness allows him to defend multiple positions, making him key in the Clippers switching schemes. There are times when he is put on the opposing team’s top perimeter threat. He’s become more disciplined on that end staying in front of opposing players and forcing them into difficult shots.
The main thing that Mann has to work on is being able to sustain the level of aggressiveness he usually plays with. There were times last season when he wasn’t as aggressive offensively as he could have been, and he certainly has the skill-set and capability to take on an increased offensive role. Considering he’ll be coming off the bench, he will be one of the top shot creators with the second unit. Finding that balance between being just one of the cogs and being someone relied upon at times to get buckets is the one thing that will propel Mann to the next level
Just like the rest of the roster, Mann should see improved efficiency and overall production with the return of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. This team is built perfectly around its stars and Mann fits right in. It’s not unreasonable to think he could become that 12-15 points per game player off the bench shooting in the high 30’s from three-point range while providing lockdown defense. Out of all the Clippers’ young players, he has some of the most upside and he’s shown flashes of it the past three years. This should be the season where it all comes together.