The Golden State Warriors need experienced players on its roster next season to help superstars Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green chase another NBA title, and one young player already on the squad is trying to learn all he can before training camp.
Soon-to-be second-year guard Nico Mannion is learning fast with the Italian basketball team as it makes a run to the Olympics. He scored 24 points in a big win against Serbia, which sent Italy to Tokyo for the storied games.
Mannion’s accomplishment, along with the rest of his countrymen, was no small feat. Mannion’s teammates on the Warriors, Andrew Wiggins and Mychal Mulder, tried to lift Canada to the Olympics but fell short in qualifying. Golden State will now be represented by Mannion, coach Steve Kerr and Green (U.S.) and coach Mike Brown (Nigerian coach) in Tokyo.
It depends on whom the Warriors draft and acquire this offseason, but Mannion needs all the skill he can gather before next season if he’s to make an impact at Golden State. This extra high-level competition in Tokyo will go a long way toward reaching that goal.