Eurobasket 2013: Detroit Pistons Shouldn’t Worry About Jonas Jerebko’s Lack of Production

By Cody Williams
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Jonas Jerebko looked like he could potentially be a solid contributor for the Detroit Pistons after his rookie NBA season in 2009-2010. That year he played in 80 games, starting in 73 of them, and ended up with averages of 9.3 points, six rebounds in one steal in 27.9 minutes per game while shooting 48.1 percent from the floor.

However, Jerebko has seen his minutes and production decline over the past two seasons in Detroit, averaging 7.7 points and 3.8 rebounds in 18.2 minutes per game while shooting only 44.9 percent from the floor. However, there are still many people that believe that Jerebko can be a solid option in the frontcourt off of the Pistons’ bench.

While playing for Sweden at Eurobasket, though, Jerebko hasn’t been as productive as I’m sure the Pistons would like to see him. Granted, he’s playing with a Sweden team that’s not loaded with talent which makes his job a bit harder, but he should still be able to shine a bit in that situation.

In his first game against Greece he saw the floor for only 19 minutes and finished with only eight points and four rebounds while shooting only 3-7 from the floor. In the second game of the competition against Finland, he ended up with only 12 points and five boards on 3-9 shooting and while turning the ball over five times.

If I’m the Pistons, though, I’m not worried about Jerebko’s performance at Eurobasket. For the Pistons, he’s asked to come provide energy and solid minutes as a reserve, while he’s asked to play a more major role with Sweden. When the season comes around, Jerebko may not put up the numbers that he did in his rookie year, but he should be able to fill his role.

Cody Williams is a Senior Writer with Rant Sports. Follow Cody on Twitter @TheSizzle20, add him on Google and like his Facebook page.

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