Clippers riding on the Mann experience

(News4usonline) – Even with a lot of star power on the roster of the Los Angeles Clippers, Terance Mann is as vital to the team’s success as any member of the team. Mann was named as a starter for the Clippers and will take on the role of Swiss Army Knife for Los Angeles.

The 6-foot-5 shooting guard/ small forward can defend at almost all levels, making the Clippers’ rotation extremely versatile. Offensively, he can create for his teammates and attack the basket while also being a threat from a distance without the ball.

“With our versatility, anything is possible. We’ll just see what makes the most sense and how guys kinda come together. That could be a possibility for sure,” said Clippers head coach Tyronn Lue when asked if he has tinkered with the idea of sliding Mann to the four-spot in certain lineups.

Los Angeles Clippers guard and forward Terance Mann (14), seen in this photo during the team’s media day on Oct. 2, 2023, has a lot of expectations riding on his shoulders this season. Photo by Robert Clarke/News4usonline

The Florida State product will provide the depth needed to take the load off the starting lineups’ aging future Hall of Famers. It is no secret that LA has dealt with the injury bug for much of the past three seasons. Mann is ready to shoulder some of the load and is prepared to do whatever is asked of him.

“Whatever. Wherever. I don’t care,” said Mann when asked about his role on the team.

Mann’s value to the team as a super role player cannot be understated, and his game mixes and matches perfectly with the construction of the Clippers roster. Ty Lue will have to find ways to keep him involved and engaged in the offense, but that should not be too difficult, considering he is in line to see time at multiple different positions.

Playing in his fifth-year pro, Mann is still adding to his overall repertoire. A career 38 percent shooter from beyond the arc, he said this offseason he primarily focused on improving in this area. Mann has been a good three-point shooter up to this point in his career; if he can improve his volume while maintaining those averages, he will put his team in a great position to succeed.

June 30, 2021-Los Angeles Clippers forward Terance Mann (14) and Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton (22) go up for the jump ball in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals. Photo credit: Mark Hammond/News4usonline

“Just continuing to improve shooting the ball, having confidence seeing it going in, and being that extra player on the floor to space the floor out,” said Mann.

Mann has been a Clipper since being drafted 48th overall in 2019. He has been part of a Clippers team that has had championship aspirations ever since he signed on. If the team can finally stay healthy and get over the hump, there is no telling how good they can be.

“We continue to hold everybody accountable. The continuity and the consistency of the brotherhood is special,” said Mann.