"No I’m in the NBA,” Jerebko told Basketball Insiders. "That’s it. I’m not even considering going overseas right now. The NBA is where I want to be. I want to stay in this league."
Jerebko is averaging 5.6 points and 3.2 rebounds in 42 games this season.
"Every year in the league has been up and down for me," Jerebko said. "But I’m trying to approach it the same way. I’m just trying to work hard and give it 100 percent every time I have a chance to get on the court. Now, it’s starting to pay off."
The promise of more playing time for
"We know Jonas is going to have to play more," Stan Van Gundy told MLive.com. "What we've done in the past is when there's been a tough post-up matchup we just haven't played him at the 4. Now, we're not going to have the luxury of doing that so we worked (in practice this week) on how we're going to defend and double-team and things like that with him down in the post."
Jerebko has already received some significant minutes this season. He is averaging 14 minutes and 5.6 points per game. It remains to be seen how much of an increase in playing time he will get starting Friday night when the Pistons host Indiana.
"We'll play at least nine on a nightly basis but probably 10 a lot, based on the way Jonas has played in September and in camp," Van Gundy said after Wednesday's morning practice, per the team's official website. "I've been really happy (with him). Nobody put more time in here this summer than Jonas did. Because of his play with the national team in years past, he's never really been able to devote as much time to his own development and his own game. He's gotten stronger. He's in tremendous shape.
"I think the key to Jonas -- and we talked about this early on -- is he has to get back to being the guy he was when he first came into the league, that hungry guy playing with incredible energy, trying to make his spot. What we've seen in September, he looks like a guy who is committed to being a high-energy guy."
Jerebko grabbed a season-high seven rebounds in the loss while scoring in double digits for just the second time all season. He has averaged 3.1 points, 1.9 rebounds and 8.6 minutes over 44 games played.
Caldwell-Pope played a bit more than Jerebko, but was hardly any more productive. He finished with just five points and two rebounds in 14 minutes, while Jerebko also added five points and a pair of rebounds in just 10 minutes.
Jerebko is averaging just 3.0 points per game for the season, while Caldwell-Pope is averaging just 6.4 as a rookie.
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