As the new season approaches, a big spotlight is on Mavericks' rookie Dereck Lively II, who is expected to step into the starting center position.
While many young players aspire to be the scoring sensations and highlight creators, Lively II has embraced a different role – that of the unsung hero, doing the dirty work. With his unwavering commitment to defense, rebounding, and hustle, Lively II wants to prove that there's more to success in the NBA than just flashy dribbling and 3-pointers.
Mavericks rookie Dereck Lively II embraces role of 'doing the dirty work'
The young rookie took a seat for an insightful conversation with Mark Followill and Studio41 on "Take Dat Wit You," speaking on his past, personal life, what role he's accepting, and what he wants to accomplish.
Lively II talks about wanting to make an impact on winning as much as he can, trying to absorb all the knowledge he can to get prepared for his first NBA season while also "doing the dirty work."
Lively II and the fanbase find a compelling parallel between his playing style and that of the previous Dallas Maverick, Tyson Chandler.
Just as Chandler was renowned for his tenacious defense, shot-blocking prowess, and ability to control the paint, Lively II envisions a similar path for himself in the NBA. With an uncanny ability to disrupt opponents' plays and dominate the boards, the young rookie sees in Chandler a blueprint for his own journey towards becoming a formidable force in the league.
Being a lottery pick while willingly taking on a role that doesn't demand constant touches and prioritizes the little details, Lively II's mindset is truly impressive. This refreshing approach is a welcomed change for fans, as Dallas hasn't always had players who wholeheartedly accept their defined roles on the team.
As we eagerly await the start of Lively II's rookie campaign, the anticipation of watching the development of this 19-year-old standout alongside two seasoned superstars Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving.
Lively II's dedication to doing the dirty work and embracing his role is a testament to his maturity and potential. With each game, he'll undoubtedly grow, and fans can look forward to a promising future where this young talent continues to shine alongside established stars. The journey has just begun, and Mavs fans are in for an intriguing ride.
The Mavericks open up their season on October 25 against the San Antonio Spurs. For all the latest on Dereck Lively II, stay tuned.