Updated on 7/21/22. Written by Alan Lu.
Projected Draft Range: Lottery
Strong finisher around the basket
Excels at scoring on off-ball motion plays
Adequate playmaker for his size
Very good shot blocker
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
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.
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