As topsy-turvy as the past year has been, some constants remain. Like the Clippers’ opinion of Terance Mann, which hasn’t changed at all: They’re high on the young guy.
Mann, 24, will be the team’s backup point guard entering the season, which is scheduled to begin in earnest on Dec. 22. They’ll ask the second-year player to lead a new-look second unit, believing he is up to the task even though he only started playing point guard last season, the tallest of welcome-to-the-NBA tasks.
“We envision Terance being a point guard for now,” Clippers coach Tyronn Lue said. “But I think he’s just gonna be a basketball player. I think he played the 1, 2, and 3 last year, (but) we worked on him very heavily to try to be a point guard. And he did a decent job.
“To be able to come out of college, your rookie year, and change positions, just tells you how good of a player he is so right now we’re working on putting him at backup point.”
Last season, Mann appeared in 41 games, getting his feet wet by averaging 2.4 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.4 assists.