Jason Maxiell doesn’t normally get much attention from the media or fans as a veteran NBA player for the Detroit Pistons. But after his impressive play in recent games, perhaps that recognition is long overdue.
Maxiell’s best game was against the Phoenix Suns when he was attacking the basket forcefully to the clip of 7-of-12 and brought down four offensive and two defensive rebounds. He wound up with 16 points.
This was all in 31 minutes of play. The more minutes Maxiell spends on the court for the Pistons, the better. Coach Lawrence Frank gave him 19 minutes against the Los Angeles Lakers and Maxiell was 3-of-7 from the floor and had eight points and six rebounds.
On Tuesday night, the Pistons made it 0-4 by losing to a previously winless Denver Nuggets team 109-97. Maxiell hit all four of his shots and scored nine points and had two rebounds. He saw 23 minutes of action.
Considering that Rodney Stuckey is 6-of-40 after four games, Frank needs to find a way to get the ball in Maxiell’s hands more often and keep it away from those who have lost their shooting touch. Another impressive factor about Maxiell is in the last three games, he has committed two personal fouls in each. He is staying out of foul trouble and that factor is another reason Frank needs to increase his minutes.
Granted, Maxiell’s 24.3 minutes per game so far this season is better than his 18.3 minutes per outing for his entire career. So Frank has been giving him more minutes than usual. But the Pistons are struggling big-time and need to give Maxiell more court time.