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Western Southwest Standings

Team W-L L10 STRK
11-6 5-5 W1
8-7 6-4 L1
9-9 5-5 L2
3-13 3-7 L4
3-14 0-10 L12

2023 Stats

Minutes Per Game
Points Per Game
Field Goal Percentage
Rebounds Per Game
Assists Per Game
Regular Season 24.3 8.1 71.1 7.5 1.3

Top Dereck Lively II News

  • Mavericks' Dereck Lively: Active Tuesday

    Lively (back) will play Tuesday against Dallas.

    Lively will return from a one-game absence due to a back contusion. He'll be a welcome addition to a Dallas frontcourt still lacking Maxi Kleber (toe). Dwight Powell and Richaun Holmes have un-inspiringly split part-time duties, so Lively should reprise his alpha center role.

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  • Mavericks' Dereck Lively: Questionable for Tuesday

    Lively (back) is questionable for Tuesday against Houston, Grant Afseth of reports.

    Lively was able to practice Monday, but the Mavericks want to see how his back responds Tuesday before making a decision. Richaun Holmes drew the start in Lively's place Saturday against the Clippers, but he failed to impress.

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  • Mavericks' Dereck Lively: Ruled out Saturday

    Lively (back) will not play in Saturday's game against the Clippers, NBA writer Marc Stein reports.

    The Mavericks are still calling Lively's injury a contusion, so this may just be a day-to-day issue. Lively's next chance to play will be Tuesday against Houston, as the Mavericks are fortunate to have a couple of days off after Saturday's game. With Lively sidelined, the Mavericks could turn to Dwight Powell and Richaun Holmes to pick up the slack.

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  • Mavericks' Dereck Lively: Won't return after ugly fall

    Lively has been ruled out for the remainder of Wednesday's game against the Lakers with a lower back contusion.

    Lively took a scary fall on an alley-oop attempt and was assisted off the court before being ruled out for the rest of the tilt. While he's out, expect Dwight Powell and Richaun Holmes to see more action. Fantasy managers should be on the lookout for a status update prior to Saturday's meeting with the Clippers at 10:30 pm ET.

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  • Mavericks' Dereck Lively: Grabs double-digit boards in loss

    Lively totaled six points (3-4 FG), 10 rebounds, two assists and one block in 24 minutes during Saturday's 132-125 loss to the Bucks.

    Lively turned in another decent performance despite the loss, continuing his impressive rookie campaign. Although he is typically playing fewer than 30 minutes, he remains the starting center. His production is likely to fluctuate based on both matchup and feel, limiting his season-long value. With that said, as long as he is starting, Lively should be rostered in most leagues.

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  • Mavericks' Dereck Lively: Just misses double-double

    Lively had 17 points (7-8 FG, 3-3 FT), nine rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one steal in 24 minutes during Wednesday's 130-117 victory over Washington.

    The rookie center just missed collecting his third double-double in 11 games to begin his career. Lively has had an impressive start to the season since being taken 12th overall in the 2023 NBA Draft considering that he doesn't turn 20 until February. While his offensive skills remain somewhat limited, his 1.7 blocks plus steals per game and 72.9 percent shooting from the floor give him fantasy value even in redraft formats.

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  • Mavericks' Dereck Lively: Set to play Friday

    Lively (illness) is available for Friday's game versus the Clippers, Tim MacMahon of reports.

    Lively has been upgraded from questionable to available Friday after missing the previous game with an illness. The rookie center will likely reclaim his starting spot from Dwight Powell.

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  • Mavericks' Dereck Lively: Questionable Friday

    Lively (illness) is questionable for Friday's matchup against the Clippers.

    An illness prevented the rookie from suiting up Wednesday against the Raptors, prompting Dwight Powell to start at center. The Mavericks could certainly use Lively's size against opposing big man Ivica Zubac. Lively's workload and production have fluctuated this season, but he's worth rostering in 14-team formats and probably 12-team formats, especially if two starting centers are required.

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  • Mavericks' Dereck Lively: Won't suit up Wednesday

    Lively (illness) is out for Wednesday's game versus the Raptors, Grant Afseth of reports.

    Lively has been downgraded from questionable to out Wednesday due to an illness. Maxi Kleber and Dwight Powell will likely receive extended minutes in Lively's absence. The rookie center's next chance to suit up will be Friday's matchup with the Clippers.

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  • Mavericks' Dereck Lively: Questionable to play

    Lively has an illness and is questionable for Wednesday's game against the Raptors, according to Mavericks reporter Grant Afseth.

    Lively was not present at the morning shootaround, and it sounds like he could become a game-time call. Maxi Kleber (toe) is also questionable, so we could potentially see a lot of Dwight Powell on Wednesday evening.

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  • Mavericks' Dereck Lively: Dominant in win

    Lively supplied 15 points (7-9 FG, 1-2 FT), 14 rebounds, one assist and one block across 32 minutes during Sunday's 124-118 victory over the Hornets.

    Lively supplemented Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving combining for 41 points, 15 rebounds and 19 assists, as the big man showed off excellent chemistry with both. Lively protected the rim and sacrificed his body on defense as well, marking a legitimate two-way sparkplug for Dallas.

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  • Mavericks' Dereck Lively: Moves into first unit

    Lively will move into the starting lineup Friday against the Nets, according to Dallas reporter Grant Afseth.

    It was a huge surprise to see Maxi Kleber starting over Lively on Opening Night, but Lively was far more effective than the veteran. After securing a double-double in his NBA debut, Lively's fantasy trajectory is pointing straight up.

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  • Mavericks' Dereck Lively: Impresses off bench in opener

    Lively ended with 16 points (7-8 FG, 2-3 FT), 10 rebounds, one assist, one block and one steal over 31 minutes during Wednesday's 126-119 win over San Antonio.

    Head coach Jason Kidd had stated that Lively could open the season as a starter, and while he came off the bench in this one, he still posted impressive numbers and above-average instincts for a player making his NBA debut. Lively can be an asset in most fantasy formats if he receives enough minutes, but as of now, his bench role limits his upside a bit.

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  • Mavericks' Dereck Lively: Coming off bench in opener

    Lively isn't in the starting five for Wednesday's season opener against the Spurs.

    Lively had started for Dallas in the preseason and was projected to be the team's starting center, but Maxi Kleber will start over him Wednesday. Lively will likely still see an extended run off the bench and could earn his way into the starting unit with solid play to start the season.

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  • Mavericks' Dereck Lively: Nearly perfect from field

    Lively accounted for 14 points (6-7 FG, 2-2 FT), five rebounds, two assists and a block across 24 minutes in Friday's 114-104 preseason win over the Pistons.

    Lively was a lottery pick in the 2023 NBA Draft but has impressed the coaching staff enough to lock up a starting role for Opening Night. His preseason numbers aren't eye-popping by any means, and he's expected to hold a secondary role on offense at the beginning of the regular season, but he made his presence felt here while showing his two-way potential.

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  • Mavericks' Dereck Lively: On track to be starter

    Lively is on track to be the Mavericks' starting center on Opening Night, Grant Afseth of reports.

    Lively has started Dallas' first three preseason contests, averaging 3.3 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in 19.1 minutes per game. While those aren't prolific numbers, the rookie understands his role and has excelled as a defensive anchor and rim roller. Per Afseth, the team believes Lively has shown enough to run with the first unit to begin the regular season. "Look at what Lively has done here on this trip," head coach Jason Kidd said after Tuesday's exhibition versus Real Madrid. "He's doing extremely well."

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  • Mavericks' Dereck Lively: Three rejections against Minnesota

    Lively scored two points (1-2 FG) while adding four rebounds, three blocks and a steal in 23 minutes during Saturday's 104-96 preseason loss to the Timerbwolves.

    While the rookie center got bullied at times down low by Rudy Gobert, Lively still managed to make an impact on the defensive end. The 12th overall pick in the 2023 NBA Draft isn't necessarily guaranteed a starting spot right away for Dallas, but with Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving (groin) carrying the scoring load, Lively likely just needs to hold his own at the other end of the court to maintain a significant role in the frontcourt rotation.

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  • Mavericks' Dereck Lively: Getting start for preseason opener

    Head coach Jason Kidd said over the weekend that he plans to start Lively at center in Thursday's preseason opener versus the Timberwolves in Abu Dhabi, Grant Afseth of reports.

    Kidd didn't commit to Lively or Olivier-Maxence Prosper maintaining spots in the starting five heading into the regular season, but both rookie first-round selections will get the chance to stake claims to spots on the top unit. If Lively is able to established himself as Dallas' top center, he likely wouldn't be in store for much usage while sharing the floor with Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving, but the 19-year-old could profile as an effective rim runner who converts the post touches he does receive at an elite rate. The 7-foot-1 Lively was also one of the NCAA's premier shot blockers during his lone season at Duke, swatting away 2.4 shots in just 20.6 minutes per appearance.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 7-1, 230 lbs
Birthplace: Philadelphia, PA
Age: 19
School: Duke
Experience: R