Well, first off Maxiell is aggresive offensively AND defensively. Hell, the dude is just aggresive. lol. Have you seen his shotblocking? He's awesome! But you are right, based on his performance he was a bit of a black hole. lol. Funny, I never heard the coach complain about his offensive aggresiveness though. Could it be because that is what was asked of him? Who knows? I will tell you this though, his effort was never challenged. That's a good reputation to have as a player trying to make a name for himself in the league versus a player who needs a loving, cuddly situation to play hard. (Of course you will mention your issue's with Ben's effort, but I am reffering to players trying to get noticed in this example) I will admit that Darko has better passing, rebounding and free throw skills than Maxiell. The rest is up for debate. I will also have to admit that I wanted to see how quickly you would attack Maxiell if I compared him to Darko. Didn't take long. lol. Oh, and I pick heart with upside versus softness and superior talent any day of the week. Tim Thomas still hasn't lived up to expectations.