What is the No. 1 thing Jonas Jerebko can step up to do to help the Pistons make the playoffs?
Take only good shots
Jerebko’s play unraveled last season for many reasons, most of which was his insistence on hunting shots. That’s not Jerebko’s game, at least in the NBA, and it sapped his energy for hustling and rebounding. Jerebko can be a very effective reserve with the right mindset, and narrowing his shot selection would go a long way, especially now that the Pistons have more competent offensive options. If he does that, then maybe he gets back to doing the little things that endeared him to the Pistons in the first place.
Remember who you are
When Jonas Jerebko is a hustling, energetic, bundle of movement who runs the floor, finishes, plays physical defense and crashes the offensive glass, he’s a valuable rotation player who can help the Pistons significantly at multiple positions this season. When he’s a guy convinced that he has any semblance of an offensive game, he’s a negative presence on the court. I want Jerebko to be the player the Pistons thought he was when they re-signed him based on a promising rookie year, not the player who was justifiably benched last season.
Jerebko will likely buried on the bench behind Andre Drummond, Greg Monroe, Josh Smith and Charlie Villanueva and will be competing for minimal playing time with new Pistons Josh Harrellson and Tony Mitchell. In tough times like these it’s hard for a player to keep up his work ethic and maintain hope, but that’s exactly what Jonas needs to do. Just keep working, and unlike last year, don’t sulk if he doesn’t get minutes immediately.
Rebound, a lot
It’s pretty simple: if the Jerebko who shot everything he touched early last season comes back this season, so will the Jerebko who sat on the bench for a quarter of the season. The Swede needs to get back to his roots as a rebounder. There are other Pistons capable of being that energy forward off the bench, so the pressure is on Jerebko to prove himself.
- Brady Fredericksen
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