Jonas Jerebko shows little, Will Bynum shows a lot in Pistons’ preseason opener

Jonas Jerebko needs work

If you’ve heard anything about Jonas Jerebko (and I’m not assuming you have), you’ve heard he’s a tough, physical player.

Last night was not an example of that.

Jerebko and Jamaal Magloire got tangled up late in the fourth quarter. Magloire connected a punch and a forearm to Jerebko’s upper body (on one motion).

Both were ejected.

But Jerebko just pushed Magloire to separate himself, and he rolled away. It was clear he wanted no part of an altercation.

So where was that mean streak?

Keith Langlois of Pistons.com offers a clue:

Toward the end of workouts, Jerebko loses his legs and his explosive athleticism along with it.

That would also explain why he looked more tentative as the game went on, too.

Especially considering how deep the Pistons are, I don’t see Jerebko cracking the rotation any time soon.

Will Bynum needs playing time

With Rodney Stuckey, Richard Hamilton and Ben Gordon needing minutes in the backcourt, Bynum appeared to be the odd man out.

But he scored (15 points on 5-of-7 shooting) and passed efficiently (just two assists, but he distributed better than that) last night.

If he was a first-round pick, and Rodney Stuckey was undrafted, I think Bynum would be starting.

Odds and ends

  • The bigs seemed to pass the ball pretty well. Rasheed Wallace was known as a good passer, so the Pistons appeared headed for a drop here. But I think Ben Wallace is underrated in that regard. And even Jason Maxiell kept the ball moving well.
  • DaJuan Summers had an excellent summer league, and everyone said Austin Daye needs time to fill out. But Daye entered the game before Summers. And Summers played more minutes. So who will make a bigger factor this season? Before the game I would’ve said Summers. At this point, I’m guessing Daye.
  • Ben Wallace started and was solid in limited minutes. That’s a role I see him having during the year, too. He’ll provide the tone Kuester wants.
  • Ben Gordon talked about being more of a playmaker this year. I didn’t see him do it once.
  • Kwame Brown looked lost on defense and didn’t rebound especially well. I hope this is just lethargy for the first preseason game.
  • I thought Deron Washington would get minutes as a defensive stopper this year, but he didn’t play at all.
  • Chucky Atkins didn’t play, either. Probably should end any speculation about a miracle chance of making the roster.
  • I can’t believe the Heat, down two, drove inside in the final seconds. Did anyone really want to play overtime? Draw up a 3-pointer next time, Erik Spoelstra.
  • I’m not happy Wallace ditched the afro. That thing on his chin doesn’t make me feel better.

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