Celtics

Celtics

WALTHAM, Mass. -- There’s no way to avoid the constant shuffling and re-shuffling that is sure to take place from within the Boston Celtic’s frontcourt this season.

All Jonas Jerebko can do is bide his time, hope his number gets called and if it does, he’ll perform well.

In other words, keep doing what you’re doing.

It was Jerebko’s patience and ability to stay ready when his shot at playing came in Boston, that made re-signing him a priority for the Celtics this summer when he becomes a free agent.

Short of landing a superstar with the right kind of talent, Boston had to add players who at the very least were good fits for what they liked to do.

That’s exactly what the 28-year-old Jerebko has been for Boston.

In 29 games with the Celtics, Jerebko averaged 7.1 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game.

Jerebko’s a relatively low-key, high-energy performer who has had no problem stretching himself and his game this season to become an even bigger, steady contributor to the team’s success.

And in a short period of time, he has become a favorite of head coach Brad Stevens.

Part of that has to do with the difficult situation he walked into, and how he maintained an even keel about things when they were going really well as well as when they were not.

“When he came in, Sully (Jared Sullinger) and Kelly (Olynyk) were hurt,” Stevens said. “So we needed him at the 4 (power forward). Remember, when he got here we were playing Jae at the 4 (power forward) and 5 (center) some. He’s a guy that can do a lot of things.

 

Stevens said, “You feel as a coach with guys like him, whether they are playing or available to play, you have that guy sitting over there can help, give you some juice.”

That’s why one of Jerebko’s best friends these days is the Celtics playbook which has become required reading for him to have any shot at having the kind of impact he had at times last season in Boston.

In it lies some of the keys in performing at a high level at multiple positions, something the Celtics have every intention of utilizing at various points this season.

“I’m kind of learning all the positions,” Jerebko said. “I want him to be able to put me in all positions. I know what plays 3 (small forward), 4 (power forward) and 2 (shooting guard) if need be. I’m just trying to go through the playbook every day and see the different positions and what they do. I’m ready whenever he calls my name.”