AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – The National Basketball Association announced today that forward Jonas Jerebko was named to the NBA’s All-Rookie Second Team. He is the first Pistons’ rookie since Rodney Stuckey to be tabbed as a second team selection (2008) and the 16th player in franchise history to receive all-rookie team honors.
The T-Mobile NBA All-Rookie Second Team also includes New Orleans’ Marcus Thornton, San Antonio’s DeJuan Blair, Oklahoma City’s James Harden and Minnesota’s Jonny Flynn.
“We are pleased that Jonas Jerebko has been recognized as a member of the NBA’s All-Rookie Team,” said Joe Dumars, President of Basketball Operations for the Pistons. “Jonas did some great things for our team both on and off the court this season and he has a bright future ahead of him.”
Photo by Brian St-Pierre/In Play! MagazineJerebko appeared in 80 games (73 starts) averaging 9.3 points (.481 FG, .313 3FG), 6.0 rebounds, 0.7 assists and 0.99 steals in 27.9 minutes per game. Among NBA rookie leaders he 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 T18th in assists (0.7 apg). Jerebko’s 73 games as a starter ranked second in franchise history behind Kelly Tripucka and he became the fifth rookie in franchise history to win the Rookie of the Month award (Isiah Thomas, Kelly Tripucka, Grant Hill, Zeljko Rebraca). The 6-foot-10 product from Sweden was named Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for February averaging 10.2 points (.564 FG), 6.0 rebounds and 1.0 steals in 13 games.
The voting panel consisted of the NBA’s 30 head coaches, who were asked to select five players for the first team and five players for the second team, regardless of position. Coaches were not permitted to vote for players on their own team. Two points were awarded for first team votes and one for second team votes.