Curtis Jerrells was traded from the San Antonio Spurs to the New Orleans Hornets. Just days later, after the Hornets acquired point guard Jerryd Bayless from the Portland Trailblazers and subsequently Jerrells was cut by the Hornets.
This leaves us with the question, does Jerrells have what it takes to cut it in the NBA?
Jerrells has proven he is more than ready and willing to lead a team. He has shown his leadership twice, once in college at Baylor and again with the Austin Toros when former teammates Alonzo Gee and Dwayne Jones were both called up to the NBA.
At Baylor, Jerrells led the team all four years in points and assist per game, and was also the second player in Baylor history to score 1,000 points, record 400 assist and get 100 steals.
In Austin, Jerrells led the team in total points scored, assist and steals; however, one other category Jerrells lead the Toros in was turnovers, where he averaged 3.18 turnovers per game. Fans would often criticize Jerrells of taking to many shots and gave him a nick name of “ballhog.” The observation shows some truth when you look at the amount of shots taken, 777, which equals to 249 more shots than the next closest put up by any Toros player.
To answer the question of whether or not Jerrells is NBA ready, the answer is no, but I do believe he is on the cusp of being ready. There is no doubt that he has the athleticism and talent for the game of basketball, but the decision-making and ball handling are key question marks for him.
If he were to stay in the NBA D-League for another year or two to polish off these skills, I think that would elevate his game to be NBA ready.