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Clippers guard Terance Mann reveals crazy story of dodging an early NBA Draft disaster

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Terance Mann is fresh from having the game of his life in leading the L.A. Clippers to their first Western Conference Finals appearance in franchise history. But all these could not have happened if not for a call which he almost missed in 2019.

An old video of Mann surfaced where he shares an incredible story that happened at the airport which may have drastically changed his life.

Mann was about to board his flight when he received a call from an unknown number. The Clippers guard doesn’t usually pick up calls from strangers but ended up accepting it despite having only 1% battery.

Turns out, the league was asking for his whereabouts as Mann was slated to participate in the NBA Draft Combine.

Fast forward to Draft night and Terance Mann’s name was called at pick no. 48 by the Clippers. His rookie season was forgettable as he lodged a measly 2.4 points per game on 8.8 minutes of playing time each night.

Mann took a significant leap in the 2020-21 regular season, though. In 67 games for the Clippers, the former Florida State standout chipped in 7.0 points and 3.6 rebounds in 18.9 minutes per game. He also shot a solid 51% from the field and 42% on 3-pointers.

As a starter, Mann averaged 11.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 2.1 assists across 10 games. The compressed schedule and other unique factors this season contributed to several games missed by the Clippers’ starters due to injury, but Mann proved to be ready when his number got called.

He’ll have to deal with bigger expectations sans Kawhi Leonard, whose return is yet to be determined, especially after his 39-point outing helped the Clippers advance past the Utah Jazz.