Denton's Analysis: Maxiell is extremely quiet and has a mild-mannered personality, but don’t let those parts of his personality fool you. He is as tough as they come when defending the low block and he is willing to deliver a hit when necessary.
The Magic badly needed an enforcer in the paint last season after Glen ``Big Baby’’ Davis went down with a shoulder and a foot injury. Maxiell will provide some of the bulk and toughness that will make guards and wing players think twice about driving down the lane. And even though he’s just 6-foot-7, Maxiell strikes fear into bigger post players because of his lower-body strength and quickness off the floor.
Because Maxiell can play both power forward and center, he could play starter’s minutes even as a reserve. The hope is that his toughness and veteran guile will rub off on Vucevic and Harris and cause them to play with more nastiness on the defensive end.
And Maxiell clearly has plenty left in the tank as he averaged career highs in scoring, rebounding, assists and blocked shots last season for the Pistons. He has long been a favorite of Magic VP/Assistant GM Scott Perry, and his addition should do wonders for Orlando’s defense, rebounding and veteran professionalism.