1 Worst-case, 1 realistic, 1 dream player comparison for Mavericks' Dereck Lively

Dallas Mavericks, Dereck Lively II
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Dream comparison: Tyson Chandler

The Mavs needed a defensive anchor and rim-protector in 2010 when they traded for Chandler, and he was a key part of the team’s only championship in franchise history. He spent two seasons in Dallas and is one of the team's greatest centers. The Mavericks would be ecstatic if Dereck Lively II became the next Tyson Chandler.

Vice president of basketball operations Michael Finley made the comparison during his press conference on draft night. Chandler was an All-Star, Defensive Player of the Year, and three-time All-Defensive selection, but that is the type of prospect teams hope to land in the top 12. It is a high bar, but one Lively II could reach if things break right.

Chandler lists at 7’0 and 235 pounds, which is one inch shorter and five pounds heavier than the 19-year-old. They are of similar size and athletic ability. It is an easy comparison to make, but Lively II needs time and improvement to reach Chandler's level. Luckily, the 19-year NBA veteran is a developmental coach for the Mavs, and he will be ready to teach the rookie the tricks of the trade.

The Dallas Mavericks selected a talented big man 12th overall and trading back helped them dump a bad contract and get a second first-round pick. It was a dream night for the team’s front office, and it positions them to improve their roster in free agency. Stay tuned to see how it all shakes out.