Dereck Lively II moves into lottery in ESPN's latest 2023 NBA mock draft
Dereck Lively II is now projected to be a lottery pick in the 2023 NBA Draft, according to ESPN.
The World Wide Leader’s Jonathan Givony and Jeremy Woo released an updated mock on Wednesday morning. Their latest projection has Lively going No. 14 overall to the New Orleans Pelicans.
Lively was all the way down at No. 25 overall in ESPN’s previous mock.
Here’s some analysis on Lively’s draft stock from Givony:
Lively is another player who generated significant buzz at the Klutch pro day, appearing to be in outstanding shape physically, shooting the ball exceptionally well from the perimeter and bringing a degree of intensity and aggressiveness we didn’t always see in his lone season at Duke. He’ll have to validate that in private workouts, but the dearth of big men in this class gives him the ability to be a riser on draft night, especially as teams consider the fact that he was the No. 1 recruit in his high school class entering the season. He seems to have plenty of upside left to tap into as his frame continues to fill out.
Lively had an up-and-down freshman season in Durham, but his defensive skills and impressive frame have made him a surefire first-round pick.
He has a still-developing offensive game, but has shown flashes of being able to shoot 3-pointers in workouts this offseason. Here are some highlights from his recent pro day:
Duke's Dereck Lively showed off his soft touch and expanding shooting range at the Klutch pro day in LA. pic.twitter.com/g56k9H5o5C
— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) May 30, 2023
The 2023 NBA Draft will be held on June 22.