Clippers will have Terance Mann, Landry Shamet handle share of point guard duties

first_img Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 The Clippers might be more stout at point guard than it appeared in the aftermath of this summer’s big trade that included Shai Gilgeous-Alexander among the assets exchanged for superstar wing Paul George.Stepping in to assist Patrick Beverley at the point: The 6-foot-7 rookie Terance Mann, who neither played point guard nor ever averaged more than 2.6 assists at Florida State. The role also could be occupied more often by the 6-5 Landry Shamet, who starred as a point guard at Wichita State but quickly became known professionally as a sniper rather than a facilitator.For his part, Mann previewed his all-around stat-stuffing skills in Summer League, scoring 8.7 points per game and averaging 11.7 rebounds and 5.7 assists, first and sixth among all the participants in Las Vegas.“I came from playing on the wing most of the time to suddenly having the ball in my hands, having to run the team, know guys’ tendencies on my team, know where they like the ball, know what they do, so it was just a lot of learning,” Mann said at media day, where he noted that not only had he been slotted at power forward in college, he hadn’t played point guard since his senior year of high school. Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Related Articles Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Nonetheless, the Clippers envisioned Mann, 22, running the point as a pro when they drafted him 48th overall this summer, Coach Doc Rivers told reporters in Hawaii, where the team was preparing to play its first preseason game against the Houston Rockets on Thursday night (at 10 p.m. PDT).“When we drafted him, we thought he was a point guard,” said Rivers, noting that even before the trade with Oklahoma City, the Clippers fancied the idea of having the 6-6 Gilgeous-Alexander and even slightly taller Mann running the point. “We were looking at the length that could create.”Rivers can relate to the transition Mann is making: Although Rivers averaged 5.7 assists playing point guard in his 13-year NBA career, he wasn’t groomed to play the position before arriving in the NBA.“I was a non-point guard point guard,” Rivers said. “I never played point guard in my life. I got drafted and (Coach) Mike Fratello, on the phone, says, ‘You’re a point guard.’ And I said, ‘I’m good with that, I’m in the NBA right?’ That’s all you care about. That’s Terance. He’s never played the position, but he’s always been a point guard. He just didn’t know it. Now he knows it.”Shamet, meanwhile, hinted last season that he actually was a point guard disguised as a sharpshooter. “It’s funny, people watching me now would probably think I’m a completely different person,” said Shamet, whose 288 career assists at Wichita State are the second-most in school history through two seasons, and his 2.64 assist-to-turnover ratio also was the second-best in that span – behind only the Raptors’ Fred VanVleet in both categories.“I was a point guard, and that’s all I did, play on the ball. I didn’t run off all these pin-downs. I was doing that growing up and stuff, but I know what I can bring and what I’ll hopefully develop into in this league.”It appears that Shamet, 22, will have opportunities to show what he can do on-ball.“Landry will play point a lot this year,” Rivers said. “There’s no doubt about that. Because he can do a lot of things that very few guys can do, Curry-like. He can push it up, throw it and run and still score. That’s pretty good.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Terance Mann has been a standout in Hawaii. Love what I’ve seen from him, Patrick Beverley and Montrezl Harrell so far.— Corey Maggette (@Corey_Maggette) October 3, 2019last_img

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