Detroit Pistons Shouldn’t Give Up On Jonas Jerebko Yet

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Jonas Jerebko‘s roster spot for the Detroit Pistons next season appears secure for now.

With all the comings and goings, Jerebko is still on the roster and the Pistons plan on having a key role for the three-year veteran. It’s likely to be a role coming off the bench or filling in for an injured starter.

At one time, it appeared that Jerebko was all but gone from the Pistons, especially during a stretch when he didn’t dress. But, the Pistons have made various transitions and Jerebko hasn’t gone anywhere. His youth is one attractive aspect of having him around, plus he still puts in some solid contributions.

Maurice Cheeks wants to make sure he has a Pistons team with plenty of depth. Having quality players to start is one thing, but since very few starters go past the mid 30s in court time, bench support is key. Jerebko can continue to be a steady bench player and an occasional starter when needed. He has struggled at times as has his other teammates in past years, but being around a strong lineup is likely to benefit him.

He saw action in 49 games last year with just two starts and averaged 18.2 minutes, 7.7 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. He shot 44.9 percent from the floor, 30.1 percent in 3-pointers and 77.3 percent in free-throw shooting.

Jerebko won’t be a key factor for the Pistons, but unless the Pistons bring in another forward, it looks like they’ll be counting on him to provide some key depth this season.

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