The Los Angeles Clippers and reserve guard Terance Mann have agreed on a two-year extension worth $22 million.
As Clippers fans may recall, the team concluded last season with a 4-2 series loss to the Phoenix Suns in the conference finals. While this was not the ending they wanted, it was the franchise’s first trip to the WCF.
The one factor that will be remembered is Kawhi Leonard sustained an injury in the semifinals against the Utah Jazz. While his absence was felt, there were some positives worth discussing. One of them is reserve guard Terance Mann.
The Clippers selected Mann with the 48th overall pick in the second round of the 2019 NBA Draft. Unfortunately, his rookie campaign was rather forgettable. Mann averaged 2.4 points, 1.3 rebounds, and 1.3 assists in just 8.8 minutes per contest. Not only that but he barely cracked the postseason rotation as he averaged just 2.1 minutes per outing.
Terance Mann turned things around in Year 2
In Year 2, though, it was a completely different story for the second-year guard. Mann increased his production in every category, with averages of 7.0 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 1.6 assists per game.
Additionally, Mann shot 50.9 percent from the field and a respectable 41.8 percent from beyond the arc. Mann also rose to the occasion when his number was called in the playoffs as well. He scored 12 points apiece in Games 3 and 4 against the Suns in the conference finals.
But his best playoff performance occurred in Game 6 against the Jazz in the semifinals. In that contest, Mann scored 39 points on a uber-efficient 15-for-21 shooting from the field. He also knocked down seven of his 10 attempts from the 3-point line.
“It is with tremendous honor and pride that I sign this extension with the Clippers,” Mann told The Undefeated in a statement. “The faith and commitment in my development and contribution thus far will provide me the motivation I need as I continue to be a pivotal part of our championship run. I want to thank the front office for this opportunity to remain a part of the Clipper Nation. I would also like to thank my coaches and teammates for believing me and allowing me to grow both on and off the court.”
Based on his production last season, signing Mann to an extension is a wise move, to say the least. And from what we’ve seen thus far, the sky is the limit for the former second-round pick.