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112. Luol Deng

A two-time All-Star with the Chicago Bulls, Luol Deng was born in Sudan, moved to England as a child, and immigrated to the United States as a teen.  It was the latter move that allowed him to hone in skills in the game of basketball, and become the best player to come out of what is now South Sudan.

The move to the U.S. proved fruitful as he would play for Duke for one year and was the 7th overall pick in 2004 by the Chicago Bulls.  Deng would slowly become one of the star players for Chicago, and in the two seasons that he was an All-Star, he also led the NBA in Minutes played per Game. 

With the Bulls, Deng would have multiple 14 PPG seasons with respectable defense.  He would finish his career with stints in Cleveland, Miami, Los Angeles (Lakers), and Minnesota.

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Wau, Sudan
  • Eligible Since: Sunday, 01 January 2023
  • Position: Power Forward, Small Forward
  • Played For: Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Minnesota Timberwolves
  • College: Duke
  • Drafted: 1st Round, 7th Overall in 2004
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    NBA All-Star (2012 & 2013)
    NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2012)
    NBA All-Rookie First Team (2005)
    J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award (2014)
    Most Minutes per Game (2011-12 & 2012-13)
    NBA Champion (None)
    Third Team All-ACC (2004)

  • Other Points of Note:

    Top Ten Finishes: 2-Point Field Goals (1) (2006-07)
    Top Ten Finishes: 2-Point Field Goal Attempts (1) (2006-07)
    Top Ten Finishes: Minutes Played (2) (2006-07 & 2010-11)
    Top Ten Finishes: Minutes per Game (3) (2010-11, 2011-12 & 2012-13)
    Top Ten Finishes: Win Shares (1) (2006-07)
    Top Ten Finishes: Defensive Win Shares (2) (2006-07 & 2010-11)

  • Notable All-time Rankings: None.

Should Luol Deng be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 21.7%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 0%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 21.7%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 56.5%
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