One of the biggest bright spots for the Jazz thus far in their playoff series against the Nuggets has been the play of Jordan Clarkson off the bench. The guard play that he’s been able to give Utah has given the Jazz a lift, especially in their Game 2 win to even up the series. If the Jazz are going to advance, Clarkson may be an important, but under-the-radar reason why.
Mannion is a guy that could fill that sort of role for Utah in the future, which makes sense considering Clarkson is set to hit free agency at the conclusion of this season. Mannion may be able to do a little bit more operating an offense than Clarkson can, but likely won’t be the microwave offense that Clarkson is by himself. Mannion’s 3-point shot should translate seamlessly to the NBA, but he won’t be able to attack the rim at a plus-level in the NBA either.