Updated on 3/20/23. Written by Alan Lu.
2023 Top 100 Prospect Rank: 31
Projected Draft Range: Mid 1st to 2nd Round
Strong finisher around the basket
Excels at scoring on off-ball motion plays
Gifted shot blocker
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
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, and he will need to add a reliable jump shot to his repertoire. He is an athletic big man that could project to be a rim protector, and he is a first round prospect in the 2023 draft.
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