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Jonas Jerebko sat out the entire 2010-2011 season due to a ruptured right Achilles tendon. The 24-year-old had a solid rookie campaign where he started in 73 games for the Pistons and averaged 9.3 points, 5.9 rebounds and a steal while playing 27.9 minutes per game.
Jerebko is an athletic, hustle player who could be a very solid player in the league despite being overlooked by many teams in the 2009 draft. Jerebko has only played one season in the league and was productive from the get-go; because he's a few years older than most sophomores his body is more NBA-ready than others.
From the outside Jerebko might look like another soft European, but he's actually the opposite. Jerebko is very athletic and while he needs to continue to add weight before guarding bigger post players, he is still very good at guarding 3's.
Jerebko is capable of shooting the long ball and crashing the boards, and he could even turn out to be Toronto's starting small forward if he is signed this offseason. Jerebko's energy, length and hustle on the defensive end would make him a perfect fit for Toronto. Jerebko is from Sweden and could find Toronto an attractive city to play in like other European players have.
The Detroit Pistons want to keep Jerebko and extended a qualifying offer of around $1 million to him in June. This will be a priority for the Pistons especially since there's the possibility of Tayshaun Prince leaving the team. If they do manage to retain Prince, they will hesitate to resign Jerebko for over $2 million since Austin Daye and Kyle Singler will eat up most of the bench minutes available.