But the junior forward knew his performance in the opening minutes of the Vols' 73-60 win over Ole Miss on Wednesday night at Thompson-Boling Arena left much to be desired.
While UT got the win and improved to 15-13 overall and 7-6 in the SEC — keeping the team in a tie for fourth-place in the league with three regular-season games remaining — it wasn't until after the Rebels bolted to a 15-2 lead.
"I played bad the first four or five minutes, and Coach Martin got upset with me,'' Maymon said. "Coach Martin was like, 'you better show up, or it's gonna be a terrible night.' "
Martin, whose team plays at South Carolina (10-17, 2-11) on Saturday (TV: FSTN, 8 p.m.), said he doesn't need to say much to get Maymon going.
"You don't have to poke and prod that guy,'' Martin said. "He's a guy that brings is hard hat every day, and he knows what it takes.''
Maymon scored 18 points on 6-of-8 shooting and pulled down 11 rebounds against the Rebels for his eighth double-double of the season.
Consistency has been Maymon's staple, as he has scored at least 12 points in every SEC game this season while leading the defense with 15 drawn charges, including two on Wednesday night.
Maymon has grown into the team leader off the court, as well.
Following the game, he made it a point to tell each person interviewing him that the Vols' bench deserved a great deal of credit for triggering the 19-2 run that enabled UT to recapture the lead and momentum.
"We did not come out ready to play, and we weren't really focused,'' Maymon said. "We were a step slow to everything. I really want to thank the bench that came in and got some stops. They got eight stops in a row, and that was a key for us.''
So was poise.
"We didn't panic,'' UT sophomore Jordan McRae said, asked what was going through his mind when the Vols fell behind by 13 in the opening minutes. "Coach told us during the timeout (at the 14:04 mark) that we were in good shape, and we just needed to settle down.''
Point guard Trae Golden, who had both of his turnovers in the first half, said UT's previous experiences playing from behind helped.
"I wasn't worried; Ole Miss came out with a lot of great shots,'' Golden said. "I knew if we just stuck to our game plan, we'd be able to chip away at it, and that's what we were able to do.''
"Coach Martin told us to calm down and everything would be fine.''
Provided Maymon got things going in the paint.
"At the start of the game, they were pushing us around,'' Maymon said. "Me and Jarnell (Stokes) talked about it, and got it right.''
The Dunk: McRae's one-handed dunk made ESPN's top plays, ranking No. 3 on Wednesday night's countdown.
But more importantly, the dunk at the 11:12 mark gave UT a 10-point lead and energized the crowd and the team.
"It was a huge dunk and one of the better plays of the season for us,'' Golden said. "We need him to make plays like that. When he has an approach like this, I don't think anything can stop him.''
Martin's Take: Martin said he didn't dunk at Purdue because his "wheels were bad,'' but he appreciated McRae's play as much as anyone.
"Surprised? No, I knew he was capable of doing it,'' said Martin, who had two knee surgeries before playing for the Boilermakers. "Once again, he's a guy who's long, but you didn't see a lot of those dunks earlier because his approach wasn't there. Because he attacks with such energy and has an aggressive mind in practice, it carries over into the games.''
RPI Numbers: The Vols' RPI moved up to No. 101 (from 111) with the win over Ole Miss, but UT doesn't figure to make much of a move even if it beats South Carolina.
The Gamecocks have the lowest RPI in the SEC at 174, according to statsheet.com
UT's remaining regular-season games are at LSU (No. 61 RPI) and at home against Vanderbilt (No. 26 RPI).
Mike Griffith covers Tennessee men's basketball. Follow him at http://twitter.com/MikeGriffith32