Dereck Lively

Updated on 7/21/22.  Written by Alan Lu.

Height: 7-0
Weight: 210
College: Duke
Classification: Freshman
Birthdate: 2/12/2004

Projected Draft Range: Lottery

Pros:

Strong finisher around the basket
Excels at scoring on off-ball motion plays
Adequate playmaker for his size
Decent rebounder
Adequate defender
Very good shot blocker
Solid athlete
Good hands

Cons:

Needs to improve his face-up game
Not an elite ball handler
May be fairly raw offensively
Not an elite rebounder
Can struggle to defend out on the perimeter

Summary:

Dereck Lively is an athletic, energetic center that can help shore up a team’s interior due to his strong inside scoring and interior defensive skills.  On the other hand, he will need to improve his perimeter skills and rebounding.  He is a talented player that could be a lottery pick in the 2023 draft.

Links:
RealGM Profile
NBADraft.Net Profile
ESPN’s Early 2023 NBA Mock Draft

Games Scouted:
3/29/22 2022 McDonald’s All-American Game
4/8/22 2022 Nike Hoops Summit
4/15/22 2022 Jordan Brand Classic

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