Maxiell during his tenure with the Detroit Pistons
|Born||February 18, 1983|
|Listed height||6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)|
|Listed weight||260 lb (118 kg)|
|High school||Newman Smith (Carrollton, Texas)|
|NBA draft||2005 / Round: 1 / Pick: 26th overall|
|Selected by the Detroit Pistons|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Jason Dior Maxiell (born February 18, 1983) is an American former professional basketball player best known for his tenure with the Detroit Pistons. He played college basketball for the University of Cincinnati and played professionally in the NBA, China, and Turkey before retiring on August 4, 2017.
After graduating from Newman Smith High School in 2001, Maxiell played college basketball for the University of Cincinnati from 2001 to 2005 where he was coached by Bob Huggins. After earning Conference USA Sixth Man and All-Freshmen team honors as a freshman, Maxiell earned All-Conference USA second team honors in both his junior and senior years. As a senior in 2004-05, he led Conference USA in blocked shots (2.8 bpg) and ranked 18th in the nation. His 91 blocks are the second-highest University of Cincinnati single-season total.
Maxiell finished 13th on Cincinnati's career scoring list with 1,566 points (13th in Conference USA history) and second on the UC career chart for blocked shots with 252 (4th in C-USA). He also played 129 consecutive games, the second-longest streak in Bearcats' history, and started the last 77 contests.
Maxiell was selected by the Detroit Pistons with the 26th overall pick in the 2005 NBA draft. On July 5, 2005, he signed his rookie scale contract with the Pistons. On October 31, 2008, he signed a four-year contract extension with the Pistons worth $20 million, keeping him under contract with the franchise until the end of the 2012-13 season. On June 29, 2012, he exercised his $5 million player option, returning to the Pistons for the 2012-13 season.
In June 2016, Maxiell was signed by Tropang TNT of the Philippine Basketball Association to be the team's import for the 2016 PBA Governors' Cup. However, on June 17, 2016, Maxiell was declared ineligible for the 2016 Governors' Cup after failing to make the height limit of 6 feet 5 inches. Maxiell was officially measured at 6'5 11/16" (6 feet 5.6875 inches).