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DraftExpress: More Portsmouth alumni: Jose Juan Barea, Chuck Hayes, James Jones, Derek Fisher, Jon Brockman, Jason Maxiell, Matt Barnes -noticing a trend?
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Jason Maxiell. 6-5 w/out shoes, 7-3 wingspan. RT @benariweixlmann What's most drastic difference you've ever seen between height & wingspan?
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Top 25s - Full List
RankCategoryTotal
11ORB/40p4.3
14ORB/404.2
18FGA/Pos1.06
13eFG%58
5Pts/Pos1.7
3ORB/40p5
6ORB/404.8
7FG%58
11FGA/Pos1.2
11FTA/Pos0.6
Team: Pistons College Team: Cincinnati
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H: 6' 6"
W: 258 lbs
Bday: 02/19/1983
(31 Years Old)
Current: PF
NBA:   PF
Possible: PF
RSCI: 33
Agent: Andy Miller
Current Salary:$2,500,000
High School: Newman Smith
Hometown: Carrollton, TX
Drafted:  Pick 26 in 2005 by Pistons
Best Case: Brian Skinner
Worst Case: Sam Clancy

Predraft Measurements
YearSourceHeight w/o ShoesHeight w/shoesWeightWingspanStanding ReachBody FatNo Step VertMax Vert
2005NBA Pre-Draft Camp6' 5"6' 6.25"2587' 3.25"8' 11"NANANA

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NBA Scouting Reports, Central Division (Part One)
April 24, 2008
Overview: An undersized power forward that plays throwback Detroit Pistons basketball, and is starting to fulfill his potential. Very short by NBA standards, but possesses a huge wingspan, wide shoulders, and a strong frame. Has surprising quickness and leaping ability. Runs the floor very well. Asserts himself on the floor, and plays aggressive on both ends. Shows impressive toughness and durability. Was a monster during his senior year at Cincinnati. Has developed his game significantly since entering the League. Should be a long-term replacement for Antonio McDyess.

Offense: One of the few players in the League who will really try to dunk everything when he sees a hole. Won’t hesitate to go through defenders to get at the rim. Runs the floor extremely well. Able to achieve and maintain post position. Gets most of his offense off of post ups, cuts, and offensive rebounds. Very efficient scorer. Vastly improved midrange player. Pretty fluid jump shot. Likes to post on the left block and turn into right handed jumpers. Will face up and use jabs to create enough space to shoot his jumper. Shows good elevation. Uses his wingspan to shoot over defenders when he has them on their heels. Good post game. Not super advanced, but aggressive and efficient. Average hands. Goes to the line at a very high rate, but doesn’t shoot a good percentage. Tremendous offensive rebounder. Won’t put the ball on the floor to score.

Defense: A solid post defender, although his size is a bit of a hindrance. Uses his strength to push his man off the block, box out, and not get pushed around. Surprising length helps him deny post entry passes, block shots, and rebound. Tends to surprise offensive players with his elevation and explosiveness. Blocks quite a few shots. Has a tough time defending taller big men who have good strength and soft touch near the basket. Does a great job defending the power forward spot. Quick enough to step out and guard midrange shooters. Rotates from the weak side pretty well. Will commit a few fouls a game on shooters near the basket. Feel for game is average. Very aggressive, but won’t get fooled by fakes easily. Goes after every rebound. Very good post defender for his size and experience level.
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DraftExpress All-Summer League: Third Team
August 1, 2007
Of all the players that participated in this year’s Summer League, it would be difficult to say that Jason Maxiell was not the most aggressive on the offensive end. Few players really try to dunk everything around the rim, but Maxiell comes very close to living that adage; attempting to punish the rim at every opportunity. Though he didn’t finish all of his dunk attempts, he showed an admirable level of relentlessness that should serve him well this season in Detroit on the glass and in the paint.

Outside of the dozen dunks he threw down, Maxiell showed impressive touch and improved footwork when working with his back to the basket. Maxiell has the quickness to get by his man when facing up, and used this to his advantage throughout the Summer League by using spin moves to create space for jump shots. Though he doesn’t have a lot of trouble getting his shot off, Maxiell will need to continue improving his consistency, as his turnaround jumper is only efficient when he shoots it over his right shoulder. One of the most interesting developments that we saw out of Maxiell in Vegas was his midrange jumper. It is clear that Maxiell has taken a page from Antonio McDyess given the way he was shooting the ball. As Maxiell expands his range, he could become a very nice high post player in addition to providing a tough presence down low.

As Maxiell continues to develop his post game, it would be nice to see him add a hook shot of some kind, as he doesn’t make as many moves going to the rim as he probably could. Maxiell showed in the playoffs that he can contribute right now, and should be given more of an opportunity to show his skills this year than he did last year. He provides a solid presence defensively, rebounds at a good clip, and works hard to make his presence felt. It wouldn’t be surprising to see Maxiell begin to take some of McDyess’s minutes as he begins to take a backseat to the up-and-coming power forward.
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Jason Maxiell NBA Draft Scouting Report
March 29, 2005
Strengths
A college beast, does everything you would like an NCAA big man to do. Scores a little bit in the post using his brute strength, and finishes creatively around the basket thanks to a terrific wingspan. Tough and physical. A tenacious rebounder thanks to his strength, vertical leap and very good hands. Has expanded his range out to 16-18 feet this year and can hit them when he is open, especially from the baseline. Fairly smart, and very efficient, shoots a high percentage from the field. Unselfish, and a good passer out of the double team. Solid free throw shooter. More athletic than he looks, possesses a solid vertical leap.

Defensively, he blocks many shots and alters countless others around the rim. Rotates well on help defense.

Plays very hard, experienced and very durable.

Weaknesses
A 6-7 center. Might just not have the size or outstanding skills to make up for it at the next level. Non-existent ball-handling skills, can not put the ball on the floor as his 1st step is very limited. Jumper has improved but can only really hit it when he is wide open. Lateral quickness is very limited, and he'll struggle guarding PF's at the next level. Numbers have taken a hit playing next to better teammates. A bit inconsistent and is prone to disappear at times. Scores a lot in the post in college thanks to his brute strength, but needs to develop more of a finesse game to stick at the next level.

Competition
Plays for a solid team in a pretty good conference. Helped his team make the NCAA tournament, where they lost in the 2nd round to Kentucky, with Maxiell having an up and down game with 9 points, 4 rebounds, 2 blocks and 3 turnovers, struggling a bit against Kentucky's Chuck Hayes. His first game against Iowa was much stronger, scoring 22 points (8-11 FG, 2-2 3P), with 9 rebounds and 6 blocks.

In Maxiell's toughest matchup of the season against Wake Forest and Eric Williams, he did not have a good game, coming away with 5 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocks while struggling to stay out of foul trouble.

He also had average outings against the best team in the conference, Louisville, combining for 20 points (6-13 FG), 8 rebounds and 2 blocks over 2 games and 63 minutes.

Outlook
A 2nd round prospect at best. Will likely have to have a fantastic summer to find himself on an NBA roster, starting in Portsmouth, continuing in Chicago if he's invited, and then in private workouts with NBA teams, showing that he has what it takes to make the transition to power forward at the next level and that his wingspan makes up for his lack of size. It's my personal opinion that his game is bettersuited for Europe, will he'll be able to continue to dominate eventually at the Euroleague level and make a lot of money for himself where the athletic, physical big men who can change the game defensively like him are scarce.


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