Jonas Jerebko

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Jonas Jerebko
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No. 33 – Detroit Pistons
Position Power forward / Small forward
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1987-03-02) March 2, 1987 (age 27)
Kinna, Sweden
Nationality Swedish
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (208 cm)
Listed weight 231 lb (105 kg)
Career information
NBA draft 2009 / Round: 2 / Pick: 39th overall
Selected by the Detroit Pistons
Pro playing career 2005–present
Career history
2005–2006 Marbo Basket
2006–2007 Plannja Basket (Sweden)
2007–2009 Angelico Biella (Italy)
2009–present Detroit Pistons
Career highlights and awards
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Jonas Jerebko (born March 2, 1987) is a Swedish professional basketball player. He is 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) tall in shoes and he weighs 231 pounds (105 kg). He was selected in the second round of the 2009 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons, becoming the second Swedish-born basketball player to be selected in the NBA Draft.

Early years[edit]

He is the son of former Syracuse University player Chris Jerebko, who was Russian American[1] and played professionally in Sweden and settled in that country. In 2005, he signed a letter of intent to play U.S. college basketball for the University at Buffalo in his father's hometown. However, he decided to give up his scholarship in favor of a professional career.[2]

Pro career[edit]

Europe[edit]

Jerebko began his career playing with the Swedish club Marbo Basket in the 2005-06 season of the second tier (BasketEttan) and in the 2006-07 season he moved to the reigning Swedish champion team Plannja Basket in Sweden's premier league, where he also won a Swedish championship. He then moved to the Italian League club Angelico Biella in 2007.

NBA[edit]

He declared that he would enter the 2008 NBA Draft, but later withdrew, stating that he wanted to spend one more year in the Italian League to gain more experience before entering the NBA. Former college coach and current ESPN analyst Fran Fraschilla considered Jerebko one of the top five European prospects in the 2009 NBA Draft.[2] He was selected in the second round of the 2009 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons. He is the second Swedish national player to be selected in the NBA, after the Swedish-born American Miles Simon, although Joakim Noah has a Swedish mother, and Maciej Lampe and Damir Markota are naturalized Swedish citizens. In August, he signed a two-year contract with the Detroit Pistons. His career in the NBA got off to a rough-and-tumble start; in a preseason game, Jerebko was accused of punching NBA veteran Jamaal Magloire in the face. Both players were suspended one regular season game for an ensuing fight.[3] Jerebko's hustle and determination made him a fan favorite, and the Pistons promotional department began handing out Viking helmets and bandanas to fans in "Jerebko Row" for each point scored by Jerebko.[4]

On October 5, 2010, Jonas strained his right Achilles' tendon in a preseason game against the Miami Heat.[5] He missed the remainder of the 2010-2011 season.

On December 9, 2011, Jerebko re-signed with the Pistons for $18 million over 4 years.[6]

NBA statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2009–10 Detroit 80 73 27.9 .481 .313 .710 6.0 .7 1.0 .4 9.3
2011–12 Detroit 64 13 22.9 .468 .302 .806 4.8 .7 .6 .3 8.7
2012–13 Detroit 49 2 18.2 .449 .301 .773 3.8 .9 .8 .2 7.7
2013–14 Detroit 64 0 11.6 .471 .419 .729 2.7 .6 .3 .1 4.2
Career 256 88 20.7 .469 .326 .752 4.5 .7 .7 .3 7.6

Swedish national team[edit]

Jerebko currently has 10 caps with the Swedish national basketball team.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Blogging through Europe (Part Four: Italy)
  2. ^ a b Fraschilla, Fran (2009-05-20). "NBA draft: Top 5 European prospects". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2009-06-05. 
  3. ^ Watson, Matt. "Detroit's Fighting Swede penalized." Detroit Bad Boys. http://www.detroitbadboys.com/archives/2009-10-08/detroits-fighting-swede-penalized/
  4. ^ Sitto, Natalie. "Jerebko Row." http://need4sheed.com/2009/12/jerebko-row.html
  5. ^ Langlois, Keith. "Heat Check" http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/DETMIA_recap_101005.html
  6. ^ "Pistons Re-Sign Forward Jonas Jerebko". NBA.com. 2011-12-09. Retrieved 2013-02-19. 

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