Florida’s first NBA Draft pick in eight years (and first-round pick in nine) took the field for the first time in a game that counts Wednesday night. Guard Tre Mann, the 18th pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, made his professional debut with the Oklahoma City Thunder against the Utah Jazz and had a solid game to start his professional career.
Although he saw some spinning action on the bench and only played 15 minutes, he scored nine points in his first game and went 4 of 7 on the pitch. He also hit a pull-up jumper on a high pick and roll just before the first quarter buzzer with his foot on the line, making it a long two.
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Mann also got an assist, steal and block in his debut.
That’s about all you can hope for from a draft player who should see a minor role on the squad this season, and for his efforts, he’s earned a Thunder Wire “B” rating.
It was a decent opening for Mann. His minutes could fluctuate with the need to get some action for Ty Jerome – Wednesday Jerome was a DNP – but the rookie bought time to move forward.
Jerome was a strong rotational goalie for the Thunder last year, averaging 10.1 points and 3.6 assists, and he and Theo Maladon are Mann’s biggest contenders for representatives right now. But the first-round raw rookie should be able to play a big part in the rotation as the season progresses.
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