Jason Maxiell was a Detroit Piston for 8 years, his career averages were 6.1 points/game, 4.4 rebounds/game, and .8 blocks/game. His best year was 2007-2008 when he averaged 7.9 points/game, 5.3 rebounds/game, and 1.1 blocks/game. Pistons fans were critical of him, as they should have been. However now they should say Thank you for the service and be happy he is gone.
Jonas Jerebko, Tony Mitchell, and Luigi Datome will all benefit from his departure. While they are raw in terms of NBA experience, their athleticism will make up for their inexperience. While Jonas has made mistakes in the past he needs a chance to not look over his shoulder and his confidence will soar. He could become the poor man’s Dennis Rodman, without the craziness.
Maxiell was undersized and over powered most nights. Those Big Slam Dunks he threw down created a lot of buzz in the stands, however they were few and far between. Last year he was taking time away from Drummond and Jerebko, so it was time for him to move on. We may not miss him that much but his professionalism will be. He did not get caught up in the mutiny a couple of years ago. Which never should have happened. Pistons fans wish him well in Orlando and hope we beat them every time we play them.