Has good footwork and touch in the post
Can step out and knock down a 3pt shot in PnP or as a trailer (37.4 season)
Has good length, lateral quickness, and strength to be a switchable defender
Above avg shot blocker for size & position
Good passer out of the post
Rebounds at a decent clip
Needs to improve his handle
Not very athletic struggle to shoot over the top of smaller and bigger defenders alike
Gambles for steals and deflection which leads to fouls
Undersized for his position
Can get in a hurry and rush shots
EJ is an undersized PF that is a load to handle on the block; he can score over either shoulder, has a mid-range jumper, and has good vision when doubles come. He is an active rebounder using a motor to secure boards on both ends. He has range from behind the 3pt line in PnP action or as a trailer at the top of the key. He, unfortunately, lacks elite athleticism and size, which puts him at a disadvantage with bigger athletes.
Liddell was an above average versatile defender, as he was in the 57th percentile of bigs. He struggles in switches, but allows just 28% from 2. He also fouls at an above average rate.
This data was hand-tracked by AJ Wahl and Bryon Cook. Every single defensive possesion of each player's season was analyzed. This dataset includes all possessions when the defender is guarding on-ball, in man-to-man, and against a player not within their position group who shoots the ball, is fouled, or commits a turnover. The percentile listed above is a players standing compared to their postion group calculated by compliling and weighing various different metrics derrived from the hand-tracked data. This data only measures a portion of a player's impact, but it is clear that the ability to defend out of one's position group is a vital skill to contributing to winning basketball at the professional level.