Pistons forward Jason Maxiell doesn't know if he's on his way to the starting lineup, but he likes playing exactly where he is just fine.

"I like coming off the bench, that's my role," Maxiell said. "I like surveying things and giving the team what we need."

Pistons coach Lawrence Frank said he hasn't talked to Maxiell about starting yet, which is his policy before announcing anything to the media. However, Maxiell is more offensive-minded than Ben Wallace, who starts alongside Greg Monroe — and Monroe has struggled early in games.

Maxiell has provided some unexpected offense in recent games — when he holds onto the basketball.

"I think he's been very, very good, Max been what we expected," Frank said of Maxiell before Saturday's game against the 76ers. "He gives us a good jolt of energy, he's tough, a physical guy. You feel his presence out there."