It appeared at one time that Jonas Jerebko had a bright future with the Detroit Pistons. Last season, though, the team seemed to forget about him.
Jerebko is still on the roster, but like the last two seasons, he’s likely to be a role player off the bench. But Jerebko can still make some key contributions for the Pistons who seem to have plenty of depth at forward.
He can have an impact on the Pistons by giving them quality minutes when the other post players need a break, are injured or are having a bad outing.
As a rookie, Jerebko started 73 games and averaged 27.9 minutes with 9.3 points and 6.0 rebounds a game while shooting 48.1 percent from the floor and 71 percent at the line. Last season, his third in the NBA, the Pistons used him for only 49 games and at an average of 18.2 minutes while averaging 7.7 points and 3.8 rebounds a game, while shooting 44.9 percent from the floor. But to Jerebko’s credit, he’s always ready to play regardless of the circumstances. Late in the season, he had one of his best games with 28 minutes of action and 21 points, plus eight rebounds against the Charlotte Bobcats.
Jerebko produces in the post when he’s not in the game. He wasn’t a favorite of former Pistons coach Lawrence Frank and might get a closer look from Maurice Cheeks, who has to figure out how to give all of his forwards quality playing time. If Jerebko improves his post moves and can be more of a consistent offensive threat, he’ll make a key impact in the Pistons attack.
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