Dereck Lively

Updated on 6/28/23.  Written by Alan Lu.
2023 rankings were finalized on 6/22/23.

Height: 7-1
Weight: 215
College: Duke
Classification: Freshman
Birthdate: 2/12/2004

2023 Top 100 Prospect Rank: 14
Projected Draft Range: Mid 1st Round
2023 NBA Draft: Round 1, Pick 12 by the Oklahoma City Thunder
(Rights traded to the Dallas Mavericks)


Strong finisher around the basket
Excels at scoring on off-ball motion plays
Solid rebounder
Solid defender
Gifted shot blocker
Solid athlete


Needs to improve his face-up game
Must extend his shooting range
Not an elite ball handler
Can be too passive on offense
Quite raw offensively
Can struggle to defend out on the perimeter
Inconsistent motor


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 tends to be way too passive on offense.  He didn’t show much of a jump shot during his freshman season, but his stock has soared lately as he’s been reported to shoot the ball very well in workouts. He is an athletic big man that could project to be an elite rim protector, and he projects to go in the mid first round range in the 2023 draft.

RealGM Profile
NBADraft.Net Profile
ESPN’s Early 2023 NBA Mock Draft
Sports Illustrated’s Article on Lively

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
11/15/22 Duke vs. Kansas
1/4/23 Duke vs. NC State
3/16/23 Duke vs. Oral Roberts
3/18/23 Duke vs. Tennessee

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