So today it’s time to make amends for that with my All Jeremy Lin Team — 10 guys who you really ought to be hearing about but aren’t because of the mania surrounding Lin.
One of those players? Jonas Jerebko:
Jonas Jerebko, Detroit: It doesn’t quite have the same cachet as being the league’s first prominent Asian-American, but the league’s first Swede is also having a nice season in unexpected circumstances. Recovering from a torn Achilles that knocked him out all of last season, Jerebko hasn’t skipped a bit. His numbers are virtually identical to those he put up as a rookie, except better given that a) he’s doing it with more touches and b) offense in the league as a whole is way down.
And lo and behold, the Knicks aren’t the only seeming doormats to suddenly win seven of nine games. Detroit has managed the same in its past nine, and while that slate of schedule included most the league’s riff-raff, give the Pistons props for recovering from a truly depressing first 24 games.
(As for reasons, here’s a side note as a card-carrying Rodney Stuckey defender: Detroit is 9-6 when he plays at least 30 minutes, including all nine games in this recent stretch. The Pistons are 2-16 when he doesn’t.)
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