There something that’s not quite right about seeing Jonas Jerebko in a Boston Celtics uniform.
Unceremoniously relegated to an unusual jersey number following last week’s Tayshaun Prince trade (Jerebko’s #33 was apparently worn by a pretty good Celtic at some point), Jonas traded in a blue & red triple-three for a green & white #8 jersey and it just looks, well, weird.
Things hadn’t initially gone too smoothly for Jerebko since arriving in Boston. After going scoreless in a touch under five minutes of playing time against the Lakers, Jerebko drew a DNP-CD against the Suns, a fluctuation in role with which he’d grown to become accustomed in Detroit. However, Wednesday night against the Knicks, Jerebko found himself climbing right back on top:
Jerebko’s 20 points (in just 21 minutes) registered as a game-high in the Celtics’ 115-94 blowout victory. All told, Jerebko was 7-10 from the field and 4-6 from the arc, grabbing five rebounds and dishing two assists as a bonus.
“My teammates got me open and I’m starting to learn the plays a little bit,” said Jerebko. “It was fun out there.”
Jerebko was the longest-tenured Piston before being traded in the package deal with Luigi Datome last week in exchange for Prince. Selected by the Pistons 39th overall in the 2009 draft, Jerebko played 303 games in Detroit, riding a roller coaster that’d see him starting 73 out of 80 games as a rookie then ultimately lead to alternating DNP-CD’s with spot time off the bench.
In 2014-2015, Jerebko had appeared in 46 games for the Pistons prior to his departure, averaging 5.2 points and 3.1 rebounds per game. At least on Tuesday night, Jonas relished the opportunity to step into his new role in Boston, producing when provided the opportunity.
“It feels good, just to get going,” said Jerebko. “Just to show my teammates and fans that I can play.”