I'm not sure that Corey Maggette could be considered Detroit's knight in shining armor, but the winless Pistons are about to get additional scoring prowess off their bench as the reserve small forward thinks he is finally read to make his season debut.

Asked if he was ready to play, Maggette told the Detroit Free Press:

"I think so," he said. "I think the biggest thing is just conditioning. It's going to take awhile just getting back into game condition, but at the end of the day, it's up to Arnie (Kander)."

Coach Lawrence Frank also was encouraged by Maggette's first contact practice but stopped short of committing to his return tonight, reserving judgment until talking to Kander, the team's strength and conditioning coach.

"He looked good," Frank said. "We'll kind of evaluate it after practice, and we'll just figure it out as we move forward when we're going to activate him."