Jonas Jerebko would like to return to the starting lineup for the Detroit Pistons next season, but he is going to need an extraordinary offseason of work to do so. He also has to hope there’s a spot for him after the Pistons make their NBA draft picks and free agency moves.
It’s anyone’s guess what’s going to happen to Jerebko. The Pistons at one time thought he might be a key part of their future, yet at other times they treat him like he’s using up space on the bench.
In his third year with the Pistons, Jerebko averaged 7.7 points, 3.8 rebounds and 0.98 assists per game. Kyle Singler‘s emergence as a rookie took time away from Jerebko, but later in the season his appearances started picking up. He wound up playing in 49 games and started two while averaging 18.2 minutes and shooting 44.9 percent from the floor along with 77.3 percent from the free throw line.
After three seasons, Jerebko is averaging 8.7 points and 5.9 rebounds per game while shooting 46.9 percent from the floor and 30.6 percent from the free-throw line. The Pistons are looking for him to be more consistent before making the commitment to giving him a lot of playing time.
Because he’s only 26, the Pistons might be tempted to keep Jerebko as a backup forward and see if he can perhaps improve his game enough to challenge for a starting spot. But Jerebko realizes he’s going to have to work awfully hard for a spot as the Pistons continue to improve their talent level.