Nico Mannion Rumors

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Nico Mannion
Position: G
Born: 03/14/01
Height: 6-3 / 1.91
Weight:190 lbs. / 86.2 kg.
Salary: $79,568
Does Steve Kerr expect both guys to play for the Santa Cruz Warriors when the NBA G League bubble in Orlando begins in early February? “I do. We’ll make the decision when we get to that point,” Golden State’s coach told the media prior to Sunday’s game vs. the Toronto Raptors. “But I know Nico, in particular, could really use a stretch of just playing 30-plus minutes every single night. He just hasn’t had a chance to play much.
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said that the current plan is for Mannion to join the team’s G League affiliate, the Santa Cruz Warriors, in the bubble, but added that could change depending on the circumstances. “We’ll make the decision when we get to that point but I know Nico, in particular, could really use a stretch of just playing 30-plus minutes every single night,” Kerr said. “He just hasn’t had a chance to play much. … I think it’s especially valuable for Nico and that would be the plan.”
But Mannion said he has been improving immensely in practice and the film room. Remember, it has only been 45 days since the Warriors picked him with the No. 48 selection in the draft. “I’m feeling a lot more comfortable with the ball in my hands, off the ball, wherever I’m playing,” Mannion said. “I feel really good on the floor. Shots are starting to fall. Like I said, one thing I can bring is energy. Just trying to bring that every day in the scrimmages and live drills.”
A couple of other teams had expressed interest in taking him earlier in the second round, only for Nico Mannion to reject them with the understanding that the Warriors would pick him at 48. With Golden State, he will play for a fellow Arizona alum in Steve Kerr, learn from one of his favorite players in Stephen Curry and try to build a family legacy.