Dereck Lively II


(Bellefonte, PA)
HT: 7-0WT: 205

Draft Notes

Duke center Dereck Lively II is an intriguing prospect thanks to his great length/size and good mobility. He’s got a good frame with plenty of room to add weight and excellent coordination for his size. He’s a springy 7-footer who flies above the rim and is a force in the paint, despite not having a ton of bulk. His athleticism is special for a player his size.

Lively is a game changer on the defensive end, altering and blocking a ton of shots. He has the quick feet and agility to guard in space and will become an even more impactful defender as he fills out his frame.

His offensive game has really been blossoming over the past year+ and he’s now showing 3pt range on his jumper and an overall nice feel on the offensive end. He’s a pretty good passer for a big, playing with his head up and seeing the court well.

Adding both lower and upper body strength will be key for him as he moves up to the NBA level.

Lively is a high level center prospect but probably a step below being an elite talent. Which raises the question of his value at the NBA level, given the relative lack of value centers have today. Still, Lively is a likely lottery pick in the future with very intriguing abilities.


  • Willie Cauley-Stein++
  • Tyson Chandler with range

Draft Projection

lottery pick in the 2023 NBA Draft or 2024 NBA Draft


2023 Center Rankings

  1. Victor Wembanyama – 7-4 – France
  2. Adem Bona – 6-10 – UCLA (Turkey)
  3. Kel’el Ware – 7-0 – Oregon
  4. Dereck Lively – 7-0 – Duke
  5. James Nnaji – 6-10 – Barcelona (Nigeria)
  6. Zach Edey – 7-4 – Purdue
  7. Tristan Vukcevic – 6-10 – Serbia
  8. Clifford Omoruyi – 6-11 – Rutgers (Nigeria) 
  9. Oumar Ballo – 6-10 – Arizona (Mali) 
  10. Zvonimir Ivisic – 7-3 – Croatia
  11. Oscar Tshiebwe – 6-9 – Kentucky (Congo)
  12. Armando Bacot – 6-9 – UNC
  13. Hunter Dickenson – 7-1 – Michigan
  14. Jonathan Tchamwa.T… – 6-8 – Baylor (Cameroon)
  15. Nfaly Dante – 7-0 – Oregon (Mali)
  16. Jamarion Sharp – 7-5 – W. Kentucky
  17. Charles Bediako – 6-11 – Alabama (Canada)