A sprained ankle kept Terance Mann out for the LA Clippers' first seven games. And after a slow start to the season, the Florida State product looked to be the same energizer and tough defender Clippers fans fell in love with. But one thing has changed: he has become a horrendous three-point shooter.
In his first 11 games this season, Mann has made just four of his 26 attempts from beyond the arc, totaling to an underwhelming 15.4 percent. In comparison, the 27-year-old is a career 37.2 percent shooter from long range, knocking down threes at a 39 percent clip just last season.
What happened to Terance Mann's shooting?
Not all of his efficiencies have taken a toll. The Brooklyn, New York native is still a lethal threat inside the paint, often cutting inside for sneaky looks and finishing over bigger defenders. If anything, his numbers from inside the arc have gone up to a career-high 66.7 percent this season.
But it's clear that his shot isn't the same as it once was. Alongside his sharp decline in his conversion rate from deep, he is also shooting a career-low 61.5 percent from the foul line. It is admittedly on a very small sample size of 13 shots, but still is a point of early concern.
From the eye test, it's not clear why he's become such an inconsistent shooter. His shooting stroke looks no different from the past, and he is taking good, in-rhythm shots. Not to mention, the addition of James Harden has helped him get more open looks from long range as opposing defenses gravitate toward Harden, Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.
Maybe it's his ankle that is still bothering him. Or perhaps he is getting used to his new basketball shoes from Skechers, where he recently signed a long-term deal. But it most likely is safe to assume it is an issue of missed time and a problem of confidence.
Whatever the reason may be, it shouldn't be anything big enough to keep Mann shooting as low as 15 percent from deep as the season progresses.