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The Clippers Select Terance Mann With the 48th Pick in the 2019 NBA Draft

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With their 2nd pick of the night, the Clippers added Mfiondu Kabengele’s teammate, Terance Mann.

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Basic Information

Name: Terance Mann

School: Florida State

Age: 22

Position: Small forward

Stats: 11.4 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 0.7 steals per game in 31.7 minutes his senior year. Shot 50.5% from the field, 39% from three (2.1 attempts per game), and 79% from the free throw line.

Brief Opinion:

Fascinatingly, after the Clippers moved up to the 1st round for Florida State’s Mfiondu Kabengele, they selected his teammate Terance Mann with the 48th pick in the draft. Mann is an old prospect at over 22.5 years old, but he’s a very competent basketball player, a terrific defender on the wing with the capacity to switch multiple positions with his size and length. After not taking many threes his first few seasons at FSU, Mann upped his attempts in his senior year, and hit them at a much higher rate. If his outside shooting is legit, he will be a nice “3 and D” player who could fill minutes for the Clippers as soon as next year.

Extended Thoughts:

I don’t have a ton to say about Mann, really, outside of what I said above. His offensive game is fairly limited — he won’t create much off the dribble, and doesn’t do anything fancy. However, his height and athleticism make him a strong finisher at the rim, and his smarts make sure he gets there frequently. Mann knows how to move without the ball, whether as a cutter or in transition, and is decisive, rarely taking bad shots. That decision-making, combined with the finishing, is what led to his shooting an incredible 50.5% from the field, a very high number for a wing. While not truly a playmaker, Mann possesses decent vision and is willing to move the ball.

The swing skill for Mann is his shooting. After being mostly a non-shooter his first three seasons of college basketball, Mann made massive leaps in his last year. His free throw shooting, which had lingered in the mid-60s, jumped to 79, and his three-point shooting increased from 25% to 39% on a higher number of attempts. It’s still a limited sample size, but the free throw shooting is an indicator that the shooting could be at least somewhat for real. If Mann can even be a “bad shooter” instead of a “non-shooter”, he should be playable on offense due to his cutting and ability to play within an offense.

However, what got Mann’s foot in the NBA door is his defense. Standing near 6’7 with a 6’8 wingspan and an 8’5 standing reach, Mann is a big wing with fantastic lateral quickness. He also possesses a 38.5 inch maximum vertical, which is backed up by his explosive dunks and blocks on both ends of the court. Importantly, Mann’s defense isn’t just about flashy highlights, but staunch one on one defense as well as a smart help rotations. He’s unlikely to be a Kawhi Leonard level stopper, but he should be a well above-average defender in the NBA, and could guard positions 2-4 once he bulks up a bit.

While his teammate Kabengele was an upside play by the Clippers, Mann is a solid, safe pick. He will bring strong defense, some offensive utility, and (hopefully) at least the threat of an outside shot. Mann will likely never make an All Star or All-NBA team (possibly All-Defense?) but his floor as a player is higher than Kabengele’s, and I think he could contribute as soon as this season in a Sindarius Thornwell-type role.

For a lengthier scouting report, check out Mann’s profile on Peachtree Hoops.