Vives has a knack for being handed tough last-minute assignments and passing them with flying colours. He was elevated to starting point guard at Joventut shortly before the start of the 2013-14 season due to circumstances outside of his doing, and he responded by turning heads with his performances to earn the Best Young Player Award in the Spanish top flight. He arrived at Valencia as a long-term investment but was asked to step up after injuries sidelined key guards and once again, he surpassed expectations. Vives is an excellent defender while on offence he contributes with superb court vision and organising skills. Despite his peculiar shooting form, as he releases the ball from quite low, he has also greatly improved his long-range shooting accuracy. He might not get a lot of playing time at EuroBasket 2015 but many in Spain consider him the future point guard of the national team.