The Austin Toros just lost their 2009-10 leading scorer. As I posted on Project Spurs yesterday, Curtis Jerrells was traded to the New Orleans Hornets for a conditional second round pick.
Most fans hoped if Jerrells did not earn a roster spot with the Spurs, he’d be back to start at point guard for the Toros this season. With that option gone, where will the Toros turn for a starting point guard?
They currently have Carldell “Squeaky” Johnson, Russell Carter and Lewis Clinch on the roster that could start at point guard. Johnson is a savvy, hardworking veteran that could definitely step in as a floor general. Clinch proved himself in the playoffs, averaging 11.5 points in the conference finals.
However, neither player can make up for the 27 points, 6.2 assists and 4.2 rebounds Jerrells averaged in the playoffs last season. Both players are also scoring guards and are not known for distributing the ball.
With the D-League draft coming up on November 1, the Spurs could possibly look at a rookie point guard to help bolster the guard corps, but it’s not likely that a player the caliber of Jerrells will be found through the draft, tryouts or training camp, but Toros Nation will be covering both training camp and the draft as the Toros look for a replacement, if one exists.