Our exit interview series at 213 Hoops continues with a look at the 2022 season of third-year guard Terance Mann.
Years in the NBA: 3
Key Stats: 10.8 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists in 28.6 minutes per game, with shooting splits of 48.4/36.5/78.0
Heading into the 2021-22 season, expectations for Terance Mann were very high. He had a very good 2021 regular season and then he kicked it into another gear in the playoffs. He became one of the team’s most dependable players and his career-high 39 points in Game 6 against the Utah Jazz gave fans hopes of the player he could possibly be the following season.
When he was first drafted, it seemed like he was being groomed as a combo guard who could run the offense. But throughout the season he seemed much more comfortable in an off-ball role and as a scorer when he did have the ball in his hands.
In reality, Mann didn’t quite make that leap that was expected of him following his 2021 playoff run. He did average a career-high in points per game with 10.8, but his shooting numbers were down across the board from last season. He just didn’t seem to have that same impact as he did in the prior year and his production kind of fluctuated throughout the season.
His drop off in production though could probably be explained by a couple of things. First off, he was one of the only Clippers to suit up in almost every game (81). With the constant state of flux the roster was in all season, Mann was asked to shoulder more of the load and sort of play out of the role he’s best suited to as a complementary player.
He did show improvements in a couple of key areas. He was a much more confident three-point shooter from the corners and while his percentages may have been down, that shot looks like one that will be consistently in his arsenal. He also showed more of an ability to put the ball on the floor and hit the midrange pull-up jumper. Defensively, he was one of the team’s best weak side shot blockers as a wing.
Future With Clippers
Mann recently signed a contract extension with the Clippers that will take him through the 2024-25 season. The first year of the extension doesn’t kick in until the 2023-24 season when his salary will jump from $1,930,681 to $10,576,923. The team clearly views him as a part of the future and he’s been one of their draft successes. With everyone healthy next season, he’ll go back to the role that he’s comfortable in and we should see a much more consistent Terance Mann than we did in 2022.