Three weeks ago, Jazz coach Quin Snyder met with Jonas Jerebko. Training camp didn’t go great. The veteran forward logged four total minutes during the first seven games. And honestly, he was still trying to figure things out in Utah as a free agent signee, but he kept his faith. “Be ready. Stay ready,” Snyder told Jerebko. “You’re not going to play but don’t detach from the team. Keep working. Keep trying to get better. “OK,” Jerebko responded. “I got it.” Sure enough, Jerebko would get an opportunity when Rudy Gobert (knee) and Joe Johnson (wrist) went down with injuries. He immediately went from riding the bench to becoming a starter. The Jazz (13-11) have now won six consecutive games with Jerebko starting 10 of the last 11 contests. He came off the bench Monday night, but still played 29 minutes to help the Jazz beat the Washington Wizards 116-69 at home with six points, five rebounds and a plus-21 rating. He’s averaging 6.4 points and 3.7 rebounds in 16.2 minutes. His season-high was 15 points and eight rebounds during a Nov. 28 home win against Denver. Jerebko is so successful in this offense because he’s able to catch and shoot his corner 3-pointers while playing with an unselfish group that swings the ball for the best options. His commitment to defense is also on display with his 6-foot-10, 231-pound frame.
Jazz forward Jonas Jerebko views this stretch as ‘best basketball I ever played’
Deseret News | Dec 6