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Jonas Jerebko (/əˈrɛbk/;[1] born March 2, 1987) is a Swedish professional basketball player for Khimki of the VTB United League and the EuroLeague. He was selected with the 39th overall pick in the second round of the 2009 NBA draft by the Detroit Pistons, becoming the second Swedish-born basketball player (after Miles Simon) to be selected in the NBA draft.

Jonas Jerebko
Jonas Jerebko 2019 NBA Playoffs (cropped).jpg
Jerebko with the Warriors in 2019
BC Khimki
PositionPower forward
LeagueVTB United League
EuroLeague
Personal information
Born (1987-03-02) March 2, 1987 (age 32)
Kinna, Sweden
NationalitySwedish
Listed height6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight231 lb (105 kg)
Career information
NBA draft2009 / Round: 2 / Pick: 39th overall
Selected by the Detroit Pistons
Playing career2005–present
Career history
2005–2006Borås
2006–2007Plannja
2007–2009Angelico Biella
20092015Detroit Pistons
20152017Boston Celtics
2017–2018Utah Jazz
2018–2019Golden State Warriors
2019–presentKhimki
Career highlights and awards
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Early lifeEdit

As a child growing up in Sweden, Jerebko was involved in many sports, but he excelled at basketball. Having parents who played basketball was good for Jerebko because there was very little interest in the game among his friends.[2]

In 2005, Jerebko signed to play basketball at the University of Buffalo in his father's hometown. Ultimately, he gave up a basketball scholarship for a professional career.[3]

Professional careerEdit

Europe (2005–2009)Edit

Jerebko began his career playing with second-tiered Swedish club Borås Basket in the 2005–06 season before joining first-tiered Swedish club Plannja Basket for the 2006–07 season. He averaged 20.0 points, 11.6 rebounds and 2.6 blocks in 19 games for Borås, and 10.0 points and 5.0 rebounds in 22 games for Plannja.

In 2007, Jerebko moved to Italy where he joined Angelico Biella, playing for the club for two seasons.

Detroit Pistons (2009–2015)Edit

In May 2009, ESPN analyst Fran Fraschilla considered Jerebko one of the top five European prospects in the 2009 NBA draft.[3] He was subsequently selected with the 39th overall pick by the Detroit Pistons, becoming the second Swedish national player to be selected in the NBA after the Swedish-born American Miles Simon. 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 for the opening game of the regular season game for the ensuing fight.[4] Jerebko's hustle and determination early on in 2009–10 made him a fan favorite. He was selected as a member of the Rookie Team as part of the 2010 Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam during the NBA All-Star Weekend. He appeared in 80 games (73 starts) for the Pistons as a rookie, averaging 9.3 points (.481 FG, .313 3FG), 6.0 rebounds, 0.7 assists and 0.99 steals in 27.9 minutes per game. He was among NBA rookie leaders ranked third in rebounds (6.0 rpg), fourth in blocks (0.36 bpg), fifth in minutes (27.9 mpg), eighth in steals (0.99 spg), 10th in scoring (9.3 ppg) and T-18 in assists (0.7 apg). His 73 games as a starter ranks second in franchise history amongst rookies behind Kelly Tripucka who started all 82 games during the 1981–82 season.[5]

On October 5, 2010, Jerebko strained his right Achilles' tendon in a preseason game against the Miami Heat.[6] He subsequently missed the entire 2010–11 season.

On December 9, 2011, Jerebko re-signed with the Pistons on a four-year deal.[7]

Boston Celtics (2015–2017)Edit

On February 19, 2015, Jerebko was traded, along with Luigi Datome, to the Boston Celtics in exchange for Tayshaun Prince.[8]

On July 9, 2015, Jerebko re-signed with the Celtics.[9]

Utah Jazz (2017–2018)Edit

On July 17, 2017, Jerebko signed with the Utah Jazz.[10] On July 7, 2018, he was waived by the Jazz.[11]

Golden State Warriors (2018–2019)Edit

On July 12, 2018, Jerebko signed with the Golden State Warriors.[12] On October 19, he tipped in a shot against his former team with 0.3 seconds remaining to lift the Warriors to a 124–123 victory over the Jazz.[13] On November 13, he posted his 11th career double-double with season bests of 14 points and 14 rebounds in a 110–103 win over the Atlanta Hawks.[14] On December 22, he scored a career-high 23 points on 10-for-12 shooting with six rebounds in 21 minutes off the bench in a 120–116 win over the Dallas Mavericks.[15] The Warriors made it to the 2019 NBA Finals, where they were defeated by the Toronto Raptors in six games.

BC Khimki (2019–present)Edit

On August 14, 2019, Jerebko signed with Khimki of the VTB United League and the EuroLeague. [16]

NBA career statisticsEdit

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 seasonEdit

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
2014–15 Detroit 46 0 15.3 .460 .368 .861 3.1 .9 .6 .2 5.2
2014–15 Boston 29 0 18.2 .431 .406 .833 4.8 1.0 .7 .2 7.1
2015–16 Boston 78 0 15.1 .413 .398 .782 3.7 .8 .3 .3 4.4
2016–17 Boston 78 6 15.8 .435 .346 .703 3.5 .9 .3 .2 3.8
2017–18 Utah 74 19 15.3 .466 .414 .807 3.3 .6 .3 .2 5.8
2018–19 Golden State 73 6 16.7 .459 .367 .800 3.9 1.3 .4 .2 6.3
Career 635 119 17.8 .457 .363 .770 4.0 .8 .5 .2 6.2

PlayoffsEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2015 Boston 4 0 17.0 .333 .000 .500 3.5 .3 .5 .3 2.8
2016 Boston 6 4 27.0 .478 .318 .800 6.8 1.7 .3 .7 9.2
2017 Boston 12 0 10.7 .484 .333 1.000 2.4 1.0 .4 .3 3.6
2018 Utah 10 0 7.9 .421 .167 1.000 1.6 .3 .3 .0 1.9
2019 Golden State 16 0 7.6 .286 .263 .833 2.1 .8 .1 .1 2.1
Career 48 4 11.6 .405 .273 .870 2.8 .8 .3 .2 3.4

National team careerEdit

Jerebko debuted for the Swedish national team as an 18-year-old, and has since played for them at the 2013 EuroBasket.[17]

Personal lifeEdit

Jerebko is the son of former Syracuse forward Chris Jerebko, a Russian American who played professionally in Sweden with Borås Basket for five seasons before settling in that country.[18][19] Jerebko's mother also played basketball professionally.[2] Jerebko and his wife Johanna have two daughters.[20]

On August 26, 2016, Jerebko purchased the Renegades Esports organization from Chris Badawi and Christopher "MonteCristo" Mykles.[21]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Player Profile: Jonas Jerebko". Golden State Warriors. January 29, 2019. Retrieved June 20, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Blakely, A. Sherrod (October 1, 2009). "New Piston Jonas Jerebko hopes NBA catches on in Sweden". MLive.com. Retrieved February 14, 2016.
  3. ^ a b Fraschilla, Fran (May 20, 2009). "NBA draft: Top 5 European prospects". ESPN. Retrieved February 14, 2016.
  4. ^ Watson, Matt (October 8, 2009). "Detroit's fighting Swede penalized". detroitbadboys.com. Retrieved February 14, 2016.
  5. ^ "Jonas Jerebko Stats, Video, Bio, Profile". NBA.com. Retrieved February 14, 2016.
  6. ^ Langlois, Keith (October 5, 2010). "Heat Check; Jerebko's injury casts dark cloud over Pistons' preseason-opening loss". NBA.com. Retrieved February 14, 2016.
  7. ^ "Pistons Re-Sign Forward Jonas Jerebko". NBA.com. December 9, 2011. Retrieved December 9, 2011.
  8. ^ "Celtics Acquire Thomas From Phoenix". NBA.com. February 19, 2015. Retrieved February 19, 2015.
  9. ^ "Boston Celtics Resign Jonas Jerebko". NBA.com. July 9, 2015. Retrieved July 10, 2015.
  10. ^ "Jazz Sign Forward Jonas Jerebko". NBA.com. July 17, 2017. Retrieved July 17, 2017.
  11. ^ Utah Jazz (July 7, 2018). "We've waived Jonas Jerebko". Twitter. Retrieved July 7, 2018.
  12. ^ "Warriors Sign Free Agent Forward Jonas Jerebko". NBA.com. July 12, 2018. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  13. ^ "Jerebko, Durant lead Warriors past Jazz 124-123". ESPN.com. October 19, 2018. Retrieved October 21, 2018.
  14. ^ "Kevin Durant leads undermanned Warriors past Hawks 110-103". ESPN.com. November 13, 2018. Retrieved November 14, 2018.
  15. ^ "Durant scores 29 points, Warriors hold of Mavericks 120-116". ESPN.com. December 22, 2018. Retrieved December 23, 2018.
  16. ^ "Khimki Moscow signs Jonas Jerebko". Sportando. August 14, 2019. Retrieved August 14, 2019.
  17. ^ "Jonas Jerebko – FIBA Archive". FIBA.com. Retrieved February 14, 2016.
  18. ^ "#32 Chris Jerebko". OrangeHoops.org. Retrieved February 14, 2016.
  19. ^ Waters, Mike (June 24, 2009). "Jonas Jerebko, son of former Syracuse University player, is on the fast track to the NBA". Syracuse.com. Retrieved February 14, 2016.
  20. ^ "Embiid, 76ers spoil DeMarcus Cousins' home Warriors debut". ESPN.com. January 31, 2019. Retrieved February 1, 2019. He planned to head back to the hospital after the game to see the baby and wife, Johanna.
  21. ^ "Boston Celtics player buys Renegades". dailydot.com. Retrieved 20 October 2018.

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