8. Luol Deng

From Sudan, raised in England and schooled at Duke, Luol Deng was a top-ten pick by the Phoenix Suns, who, as part of a pre-arranged draft day agreement, entered the National Basketball Association with the Chicago Bulls.

 

Like most high picks, Deng showed gradual improvement, built off his good 11.7 PPG rookie year, and would have four years as a Bull where he broke at least 17 Points and six Rebounds per Game. Calling Deng a superstar might have been a stretch, but he was a two-time All-Star Game participant, both of which in years where he led the NBA in Minutes per Game.

Deng was eligible to be a Free Agent in 2017, and before the 2016-17 campaign ended, Deng was traded to Cleveland. With the Bulls, Deng averaged 16.1 Points per Game in nearly ten seasons, with none of them falling below 11.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Small Forward
  • Acquired: Traded from the Phoenix Suns for Jackson Vroman and a 2005 1st Round Pick (which would be Nate Robinson) 6/24/04.
  • Departed: Traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Andre Bynum, a 2015 2ndRound Pick (which would be Sir’Dominic Porter), a 2016 2ndRound Pick (which would be Paul Zipper), and a 2017 2ndRound Pick (which would be Jordan Bell) 1/6/14.
  • Games Played: 637
  • Per Game Averages: 35.9 MP
    .482 eFG%
    .773 FT%
    16.1 PTS
    6.4 RB
    2.5 AST
    1.0 STL
    0.6 BLK
  • Advanced Stats: 15.9 PER
    .526 TS%
    19.4 VORP
    58.4 WS
  • Played For: Chicago Bulls
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    All-Star (2012 & 2013) 
    J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award (2014)
    Most Minutes per Game (2011-12 & 2012-13)

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