The Demise of Jason Maxiell
There was a time not long ago when Maxiell was a useful player — an average midrange shooter who worked on defense, both in the post and against the pick-and-roll. That Maxiell is basically gone, and his minutes are dwindling, even with Drummond out. He’s shooting a subpar 34 percent on long 2-point jumpers he’s jacking more often than ever, and his defense has slipped. It will be interesting to see if Maxiell can land more than the minimum in free agency this summer.
Jason Maxiell began the season on a tear, but he has fallen off since, which shouldn’t come as a surprise. Trying to playing effectively every night is exhausting physically and mentally, and Maxiell hadn’t really done that in five years. It’s not as easy as flipping a switch.
Since posting a game score of at least 10 in five of his first 11 games this season, Maxiell’s consistency has fallen to post-2007-08 levels:
Does that leave him worth more than a minimum contract? I think so, but not by much. At 30, Maxiell can no longer be counted on to deliver often enough.
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