2021-22 Thunder player grades: Tre Mann

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(Editor’s note: We are starting individual grades for all players from the 2021-22 Oklahoma City Thunder. To access other reviews as part of this ongoing series, click here.)

With the 2021-22 regular season now officially in the books, the Oklahoma City Thunder (24-58) finished their season with the fourth-best lottery odds. This means it is now time for individual player grades for all 26 players who suited up for the team this season during the 82 games. The grades will be determined by what the season expectations were for each player and how they lived up to them.

The sixth player in the installment is Tre Mann, who completed his rookie season. After a slow start, Mann was able to take the jump in his game in the second half of the season and was putting up good scoring numbers.

2021-22 statistics

10.4 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists on 39.3 percent shooting and 36 percent three-point shooting on 4.5 attempts in 60 games.

Significant Advanced Statistics

Catch & shoot threes: 38.7 percent shooting on two attempts

eFG+: 90

TS+: 88

Corner threes: 43.6 percent shooting

 

Contract

2022-23: $3 million

2023-24: $3.2 million on a team option

2024-25: $4.9 million on a team option

Thoughts

All in all, Tre Mann had an above average rookie season for the 18th overall pick. Adjusting to the NBA was expected as Mann struggled out the gates and required G League time to get his groove back, but as the season progressed, so did Mann’s game.

Mann really took off in the second half of the season and became a go-to scorer for the team as his seven highest scoring games came in February and March. Mann has one of the more finesse games on the roster with his ability to get to the basket at will and create his own shot, so it was nice to see that come into fruition in the last couple of months of the season. Mann showed flashes occasionally in the first part of the season, but he was able to really put it together in the last part of the season.

Sure, his efficiency numbers weren’t great as he was a below league average shooter, but I am willing to let the poor efficiency slide as long as Mann stayed aggressive looking for his shot and that’s exactly what he did.

Thunder head coach Mark Daigneault also shares a similar philosophical approach, as he stated throughout the season he wants Mann to jack up shots and stay aggressive even if it means sacrificing efficiency because he understands the value of having a sore-first mentality for someone who has the package to earn that privilege like Mann.

Mann seems like his ceiling is going to be an isolation-heavy scorer who can shoot off of the catch as well. The outside shooting looks legit too as he shot nearly 36 percent from three on seven attempts in his final 24 games. It’s a safe projection to say that Mann will develop into a decent volume, decent efficiency outside shooter and that brings in a ton of value for him as a scoring guard.

Overall, Mann had a really good rookie campaign as a strong finish to his season led to a lot of optimism about his potential and future with the team. If Mann can clean up on the efficiency, there’s really no reason why he shouldn’t develop into a quality scoring guard who can shoot threes at a respectable level.

Final Grade

Mann’s rookie season went about as well as one could’ve hoped for. From not being able to get shots off in practice as they were being blocked in training camp to scoring 25-plus points in several games, Mann’s development went about as close to linear as someone could get. Of course, like Daigneault always loves to remind people, development isn’t always linear. Expectations for Mann should be raised for next season — especially if he balls out in Summer League — but keep in mind that he still just a 20-year-old player and that usually comes with the fact that his development could be up and down.

But all of that is for the future, in terms of how Mann did his rookie season, he was great and a strong second half finish showed that he has the ability to carry the scoring load in real NBA games against real NBA competition. Mann definitely has a bag and if he can translate that to efficient scoring, then he has a place in the league for a long time.

Final Grade: B+

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