Cross-posted from Toros Nation.
Many expected former Phoenix Suns forward Alando Tucker to be headed to the Capitol city with the Austin Toros' second overall pick in the 2011 D-League Draft.
Just before draft night started, the Toros (San Antonio Spurs' D-League affiliate) decided to shake things up, by hipping the rights to the second pick to the Texas Legends in return for guard Justin Dentmon.
Dentmon, a 6-foot guard out of Washington. averaged 19.1 points, four assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game for the Legends last season.
While Dentmon declined a bit with fewer minutes in the playoffs, he shined in the final two regular season games against the Toros, which obviously had a lasting impact. In 39 minutes, the former Mavericks prospect finished the game with 22 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals as he slashed through the Toros defense and Toros guards had troubles staying in front of him.
I'm not too surprised about the trade considering Dentmon gives the Toros added scoring and some depth at the guard positions. The Toros front court is also jam-packed with players that can play small forward, including Lance Thomas, Leo Lyons and Kevin Palmer. The addition of Tucker, while a good prospect for the Spurs, would likely stunt the growth and development of the Toros' young forwards.
Here's a rundown of some of the Toros' other draft night selections.