Three reasons to love Warriors' second-round pick Mannion


The Warriors have had a lot of success over the last dozen years drafting sons of NBA players (see: Curry, Steph and Thompson, Klay).

So Golden State dipped its toes in that pool again Wednesday night and drafted former Arizona point guard Nico Mannion with the No. 48 pick in the second round.

But there's an added twist to this father-son NBA duo.

Nico's dad, Pace Mannion, was drafted by the Warriors with the No. 43 overall pick in the 1983 NBA Draft.

Pace Mannion, a small forward, played just one season with the Warriors, averaging 2.1 points and 1.0 rebound in 57 games in 1983-84.

The younger Mannion already has a connection to Curry and the Warriors.

Mannion attended Curry's SC30 Select Camp in 2018 and dominated the competition.

Interestingly, Mannion isn't the only Warriors draft pick with ties to Curry's camp. James Wiseman, the No. 2 overall pick, also attended the 2018 camp.

While Mannion was projected by some experts to go late in the first round, he fell to the middle of the second round, and that could be a big win for the Warriors.

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The Undefeated's Marc J. Spears believes Mannion is a steal for Golden State.

Mannion, at 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds, will get a chance to develop under the tutelage of Curry and could play right away for the Warriors this season.


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