Jonas Jerebko Waiting To Find Out If Detroit Pistons Still Want Him

By John Raffel
Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

He’s only 25 and has three years of NBA experience which makes Detroit Pistons 6-10 forward Jonas Jerebko an intriguing prospect of sorts.

Jerebko is one of those Pistons players on the bubble, and it does not appear he’s a part of the Pistons’ future as maybe he was a year ago. A strong 2012-13 season in which coach Lawrence Frank didn’t know how to use him makes it unclear what the team might do with him in the future.

Last season, Jerebko averaged 7.7 points, 3.8 rebounds and 9.9 assists per game, but he was only used in 49 games at 18.2 minutes a game and started twice. That’s a far cry from his promising rookie season when he started 73 of 80 games for Detroit at 27.9 minutes per game and averaged 9.3 points and 6.0 rebounds. He also had a 48.1 percent shooting percentage, the best of his three seasons so far.

His future depends on personnel. With Andre Drummond and Kyle Singler coming onto the scene in their rookie seasons, the Pistons decided to give them more of a look which left Jerebko on the bench more often.

His status with the 2013-14 roster will depend on what the team does in the draft and in free agency. If it’s decided there’s no room for Jerebko, he’ll obviously be on his way to another franchise. The Pistons have to remember one of their final games of the season when he played 28 minutes against the Charlotte Bobcats and was 9-of-18 from the floor, 2-of-4 in 3-pointers and added eight rebounds. He can still be dangerous, but it just depends on how much Detroit needs him.

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