The case for Jonas Jerebko is an interesting one. Prior to his achilles injury in 2010, he appeared to be one of Joe Dumars latest second round success stories; out-playing then-lottery pick Austin Daye from the start. He was athletic, energetic and scrappy while being somewhat skilled for a guy who wasn’t quite small forward and wasn’t quite power forward.
But then he missed the entire 2010 season, and after that he just hasn’t been the same — highlighted by last season’s benching.
So, it’s not unreasonable that Jerebko came in ranked at No. 242 in #NBArank today, but it’s also a question to watch this year. What Jerebko is going to show up? Where’s he going to fit into this rotation? Can he swallow some pride and go back to being the grinder he was as a rookie?
It’s just hard to get a gauge on what he’s going to be expected to do. There will be opportunity — it seems like every player has their chance, especially under a new coaching staff — but it’s going to come down to Jerebko’s ability to slide into the role that Maurice Cheeks wants; something he couldn’t seem to do under Lawrence Frank.
Jerebko was joined in these rankings by former teammate, now-Magic forward Jason Maxiell, who comes in at No. 254. There’s not much to say about Maxiell at this point, but hopefully he’s found a good situation for himself in Orlando. He’s really the only veteran frontcourt player they have, so with a handful of bright, young teammates, maybe some of that Jason Maxiell swagger will rub off.
However, Magic fans, your only worry is that those young guys get that Maxiell, “I’m shooting ALL OF THE 16-FOOTERS” swag, too.
Chauncey Billups was also ranked No.245, look for something on him later today.