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Jason Maxiell’s maddening mid-rangers

Who leads current Pistons in mid-range shot attempts this season?

It’s not Jose Calderon, Will Bynum, Jonas Jerebko, Kim English, Kyle Singler, Rodney Stuckey, Corey Maggette or Brandon Knight – all of whom are making at least a third of their shots from that range.

It’s Jason Maxiell.

Jason Maxiell!

Of all Maxiell’s shots, 60.2 percent are mid-range jumpers, according to nba wowy!. That’s more than any Piston besides Khris Middleton, who’s played just 94 minutes this year. No other Pistons big man takes mid-rangers on even 30 percent of his shots.

The problem, of course, isn’t just that Maxiell shoots too many mid-range jumpers. The problem is he doesn’t make them.

Maxiell shoots just 32.8 percent on mid-range jumpers.

Worse, Maxiell takes those jumpers in lieu of inside shots. Maxiell (60.8 percent) actually shoots slightly better inside three feet than Greg Monroe (60.4 percent), but Monroe takes 59.3 percent of his shots at the rim compared to 31.9 percent for Maxiell. In fact, Bynum, Stuckey, Singler and Knight all take a higher percentage of their shots at the rim than Maxiell.

Maxiell’s problem is simple. He takes a lot of of jumpers and doesn’t make many of them.

17 Comments

  • Feb 27, 20132:58 pm
    by jim

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    Poor Max is the nly one to take the mid-range everyone else s afraid!

    When offense sputters Max is left with ball in mid-rane and takes shot. Someone needs to be able to make his shot to ree up he offense!

    Lay off of Max – He is something good that we have.   

    • Feb 27, 20133:59 pm
      by Huddy

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      I don’t think he should start or anything but this is actually a good point.  I notice that a lot of his mid rangers are end of the shot clock or after everyone has moved the ball around and no one wants to drive or shoot.  That doesn’t excuse such a high percentage, but it is definitely a trend I see often, I don’t really think he is getting the ball 5 sec in and hoisting mid rangers like Westbrook or anything.  Either way not that important he will be gone or in a rotation role after this season (hopefully).

      • Feb 27, 20135:26 pm
        by Franks Must Go

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        Max take and miss all those mid range jumpers not just because of shot clock situations… He take them because oppossing teams leave him wide open for them, and he should take them… Even when the clock is running down, nobody on the opposing team is going to run out and defend Maxiell shooting a jumper… It’s actually the only offense he think he has other than put-backs… a few years back he started developing that shot as a go to shot and although he showed promise early, he never really developed that or any other offensive move. The problem is not that he takes so many and why… The problem is that he is a horrible shooter/player and not be on the floor to take that many jumpers… We need a better starting four… 

    • Feb 27, 20135:03 pm
      by Evan

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      Agreed. The reason for this is simple. The Pistons are terrible in the half court offense and when it inevitably breaks down (and often does so with little time left) and Maxiell is passed the ball, as long as he slightly open he’s taking the shot. Can I blame Maxiell? Not really. There are rarely times he takes that shot with other options.
      Bottom line: This team needs to run. They need to get down the court before the defense has time to set up to get easy buckets in transition, since they don’t have any actual shooters on this team. We need to play to our strengths and playing half court offense is one of our biggest weaknesses.

    • Feb 27, 20135:15 pm
      by Franks Must Go

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      It’s rare that we have a reader post something where he is sounding completely clueless, but Jim stated that Maxiell is the only good thing we have… I am not even going to bother breaking down all the many reasons I think Jim was smoking something when he wrote that… 

      • Feb 27, 20135:27 pm
        by Jon

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        he said ‘something good that we have’ not the only thing good we have but either way i disagree 

  • Feb 27, 20132:59 pm
    by jim

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    The typing pick-up on this comment bar is terrible

  • Feb 27, 20133:06 pm
    by Detroit P

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    The pure point is he isn’t a starter! Jason is terrible he’s a high energy guy that comes off of a bench.  Hes a good off the bench playEr.  His time as a piston is almost over.  And can we get off of knight.  The kids 21 and Phil’s defense isn’t half bad.  Dre comes back we will look better, and are people serious trade moose? He didn’t rly play his rook season, I still think he will develop that mid range jumper.  We need a sg and sf and a new coach.  Call me an idiot we have pieces.  Most teams don’t have two good bigs that are this young.  We get dre back and moose playing together we can start seeing improvements until then let’s just hope one of the youths can stick

    • Feb 27, 20133:08 pm
      by Jameson Draper

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      I’m not saying he’s a bad bench player, he’d be good off the bench. My problem with him is that he’s STARTING.

  • Feb 27, 20133:08 pm
    by Detroit P

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    Typed this from my phone sorry lot of typos

  • Feb 27, 20133:09 pm
    by Ryank

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    At 30 years old, his best basketball has already been played…and it has never been that great.  A lot of players do this as they get older…drift out of the paint and shoot mid range or 3 point shots. 
     
    He’s playing for a contract this season.  It seems like he’s working harder than he has since his last last contract year.  He’s definitely blocking more shots than ever.  His increased number of mid range shots has been noticeable and probably an attempt to boost his stats for the off-season…missing those mid range shots is backfiring on him though. 
     
    The myth of Maxiell’s toughness is being dispelled.  Not only has he not been there to help out teammates when the play was dirty/physical, he’s proving he doesn’t want to play inside and mix things up either.  I don’t see him slamming guys around inside to get position for rebounds.  He just doesn’t have the grit it takes to play in the paint.
     
    He used to make excuses why he couldn’t get rebounds…he’s not tall enough.  A bunch of rubbish when Charles Barkley was a great rebounder at  6-4.

  • Feb 27, 20133:59 pm
    by mixmasta

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    Maxiell doesn’t make most of his jumpers, that’s on him.
    Maxiell get the ball outside the paint, that’s partly him and partly a result of a poor playbook.

    • Feb 27, 20134:38 pm
      by danny

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      someone gets it and its on the coach.  If he wasn’t supposed to shoot dont you think he would be taken out the game?  I swear the only logical reason why frank does what he does is so we can give up our draft pick this year.  This years draft is a bit weak so might as well let it go now.

  • Feb 27, 20134:12 pm
    by Gareth Masters

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    Even earlier in the season when his mid range shot was falling, I was still shocked that they were going in, if that makes sense…

  • Feb 27, 20135:31 pm
    by Matt

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    This problem isn’t really Maxiell’s though. It’s Frank’s. Haven’t done the research, but Max takes a lot of these late in the shot clock when other options have been exhausted. That’s not his fault.

  • Feb 27, 20136:08 pm
    by Ryank

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    Everyone who thinks it’s Frank’s fault doesn’t know basketball.  The reason Maxiell is taking these shots is because he’s open…not because Frank is letting him, not because Maxiell is hogging the ball, and not because it’s a late in the clock situation.  The defense is slacking off him while tightening up on the other options.  They want Maxiell to take that shot.  He’s getting the ball late in the clock because no one else has a good look…
     
    Maxiell is not a stretch player and he doesn’t want to play inside…so where is there room for a player like that on an NBA team? 

  • Feb 28, 20132:29 am
    by T Casey

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    This article shows exactly why I’ve never understood the argument of starting Maxiel over Drummond because of floor spacing. At one point early in his career, Maxiel’s mid rang j was deadly, but now he hardly connects on them. The fact that the only attribute he has keeping him in the starting lineup vs a guy who’s better in every other way is something that he’s not even good is mind boggling to say the least.

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