Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green has often coached and advised rookie James Wiseman this season. The role is one that Green enjoys taking on, but his advice isn’t limited to Wiseman, as another rookie on the team recently revealed.
Warriors second-round pick Nico Mannion, who has just joined the NBA G League squad, said on Wednesday that Green has watched a few of his games with the Santa Cruz Warriors in the bubble. Green would often check in with Mannion and offer advice in certain game situations.
“Draymond texted me a few times and just gave me a few comments,” Mannion said. “He would watch some games and send me clips here and there. (He was asking me) questions about what I saw and what he saw.
Mannion, who was the 48th overall pick, has played nine games for Santa Cruz, averaging 19.3 points, 6.9 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1.8 steals in 33.1 minutes per game. He has missed two games with an ankle injury, but has averaged 21.3 points in his last three games.
The Warriors had originally planned for Mannion to stay with Santa Cruz for the entire 15-game season. However, with the G League season almost over, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr has chosen Mannion to join the squad before the All-Star break.
The bubble gave Mannion the opportunity to register heavy minutes, apparently for the first time since his game in Arizona last season. He had played sparingly with Golden State before his assignment, but now returns to the squad with some experience against current and former NBA players.
Although Mannion was a long way from Golden State, having the chance to talk to Green meant a lot to him to know that one of the team leaders was following him.
“I think it’s huge from a guy like that,” Mannion said. “The team leader is reaching out – it means a lot. It’s cool to see guys like that here always watching and supporting you in a way. It was dope.
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