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Luol Deng

29-Year-Old    SF    Cleveland Cavaliers

2013-14 NBA Stats

PTS

16.0

REB

5.7

AST

2.9

STL

1.0

BLK

0.1

2013-14 NBA Projections

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2013-14 Fantasy Basketball Outlook

Deng is often thought as a middle of the road option at small forward, a guy who doesn't do any one thing really well. That might be true, but there is some black on his basketball reference page. He has led the league in minutes per game in each of the past two seasons. Of ...

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STATUS:  Out    INJURY:  Back    EST. RETURN:  11/1/2014
HT: 6' 8"   WT: 220 lbs   DOB: 4/16/1985  College: Duke
DRAFTED: 1st Rd, #7 Overall in 2004   Show ContractHide Contract

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Luol Deng Contract Information:

Signed six-year deal worth a guaranteed $71 million with incentives that could take it to $80 million in July 2008.

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Luol Deng NBA Stats – Per Game
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2004-05 19 61 27.3 11.7 5.3 2.2 0.8 0.4 0.5 43.4 74.1 1.9 1.5 3.8 1.9 26.5 4.6 10.6 2.0 2.7
2005-06 20 78 33.4 14.3 6.6 1.9 0.9 0.6 0.3 46.3 75.0 1.3 1.6 5.0 1.0 26.9 5.7 12.2 2.7 3.5
2006-07 21 82 37.5 18.8 7.1 2.5 1.2 0.6 0.0 51.7 77.7 1.9 1.8 5.3 0.1 14.3 7.7 14.9 3.4 4.4
2007-08 22 63 33.8 17.0 6.3 2.5 0.9 0.5 0.1 47.9 77.0 1.9 2.2 4.1 0.3 36.4 6.8 14.2 3.2 4.2
2008-09 23 49 34.0 14.1 6.0 1.9 1.2 0.5 0.2 44.8 79.6 1.5 1.6 4.4 0.4 40.0 5.4 12.1 3.1 3.9
2009-10 24 70 37.9 17.6 7.3 2.0 0.9 0.9 0.5 46.6 76.4 1.9 1.9 5.4 1.2 38.6 6.8 14.5 3.6 4.7
2010-11 25 CHI 82 39.1 17.4 5.8 2.8 1.0 0.6 1.4 46.0 75.3 1.9 1.4 4.4 4.1 34.5 6.5 14.1 3.1 4.1
2011-12 26 CHI 54 39.4 15.3 6.5 2.9 1.0 0.7 1.5 41.2 77.0 1.8 1.4 5.1 4.0 36.7 5.8 14.0 2.4 3.1
2012-13 27 CHI 75 38.7 16.5 6.3 3.0 1.1 0.4 1.0 42.6 81.6 1.9 2.2 4.2 3.1 32.2 6.2 14.6 3.1 3.8
2013-14 28 CHI 23 37.4 19.0 6.9 3.7 1.0 0.2 0.7 45.2 81.5 2.6 1.7 5.1 2.7 27.4 7.0 15.4 4.4 5.4
2013-14 28 CLE 40 33.8 14.3 5.1 2.5 1.0 0.1 1.0 41.7 77.1 1.4 1.5 3.6 3.2 31.5 5.3 12.7 2.8 3.6
2013-14 28 CHI/CLE 63 35.1 16.0 5.7 2.9 1.0 0.1 0.9 43.1 79.1 1.8 1.6 4.2 3.0 30.2 5.9 13.7 3.4 4.3
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Luol Deng NBA Stats – Recent Stat Breakdown
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Time Period G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
Last 7 Days 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Last 14 Days 2 31.0 9.0 2.5 4.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 36.4 100.0 1.0 0.0 2.5 3.5 0.0 4.0 11.0 1.0 1.0
Last 30 Days 9 33.1 12.6 4.0 3.4 0.6 0.1 0.7 42.3 79.2 1.1 0.8 3.2 3.3 20.0 4.9 11.6 2.1 2.7
Last 5 Games 5 30.8 10.8 2.8 2.6 0.2 0.0 0.0 40.7 76.9 1.0 0.4 2.4 2.6 0.0 4.4 10.8 2.0 2.6
Last 10 Games 10 32.9 13.6 4.2 3.2 0.6 0.1 0.9 43.3 82.1 1.0 1.0 3.2 3.7 24.3 5.2 12.0 2.3 2.8
Last 20 Games 20 34.5 13.7 5.0 2.8 0.7 0.1 0.9 41.9 76.2 1.2 1.2 3.9 3.3 25.8 5.2 12.4 2.4 3.2

 

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#1 Small Forward

XLuol Deng

1.  Alonzo Gee

2.  Anthony Bennett

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3.  Shane Edwards

Cleveland Cavaliers

True Shooting Percentage

51.7%

True Shooting % in 2013-14

In 2013-14, Luol Deng had a true shooting percentage of 51.7%.

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Luol Deng NBA Stats – Per 36 Minutes
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2004-05 19 61 36.0 15.4 7.0 2.9 1.0 0.6 0.7 43.4 74.1 2.6 2.0 5.0 2.5 26.5 6.1 14.0 2.6 3.5
2005-06 20 78 36.0 15.4 7.1 2.0 1.0 0.7 0.3 46.3 75.0 1.5 1.8 5.4 1.1 26.9 6.1 13.2 2.9 3.8
2006-07 21 82 36.0 18.0 6.8 2.4 1.1 0.6 0.0 51.7 77.7 1.8 1.7 5.1 0.1 14.3 7.4 14.3 3.3 4.2
2007-08 22 63 36.0 18.1 6.7 2.6 1.0 0.5 0.1 47.9 77.0 2.0 2.3 4.4 0.4 36.4 7.3 15.2 3.5 4.5
2008-09 23 49 36.0 14.9 6.4 2.0 1.3 0.5 0.2 44.8 79.6 1.6 1.7 4.6 0.4 40.0 5.7 12.8 3.3 4.1
2009-10 24 70 36.0 16.7 6.9 1.9 0.9 0.8 0.4 46.6 76.4 1.8 1.8 5.2 1.1 38.6 6.4 13.8 3.4 4.5
2010-11 25 CHI 82 36.0 16.0 5.3 2.6 0.9 0.5 1.3 46.0 75.3 1.8 1.3 4.0 3.7 34.5 6.0 13.0 2.8 3.8
2011-12 26 CHI 54 36.0 14.0 5.9 2.7 0.9 0.6 1.3 41.2 77.0 1.6 1.3 4.6 3.6 36.7 5.3 12.8 2.1 2.8
2012-13 27 CHI 75 36.0 15.3 5.9 2.8 1.0 0.4 0.9 42.6 81.6 1.8 2.0 3.9 2.9 32.2 5.8 13.6 2.9 3.5
2013-14 28 CHI 23 36.0 18.3 6.6 3.6 1.0 0.2 0.7 45.2 81.5 2.5 1.7 4.9 2.6 27.4 6.7 14.8 4.2 5.2
2013-14 28 CLE 40 36.0 15.2 5.4 2.6 1.0 0.1 1.1 41.7 77.1 1.5 1.6 3.8 3.4 31.5 5.6 13.5 3.0 3.8
2013-14 28 CHI/CLE 63 36.0 16.4 5.9 3.0 1.0 0.1 0.9 43.1 79.1 1.9 1.6 4.3 3.1 30.2 6.0 14.0 3.4 4.4
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Luol Deng NBA Stats – Totals
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2004-05 19 61 1663 711 322 135 48 27 31 43.4 74.1 118 92 230 117 26.5 280 645 120 162
2005-06 20 78 2604 1112 516 147 72 50 21 46.3 75.0 105 127 389 78 26.9 442 954 207 276
2006-07 21 82 3072 1540 579 204 97 48 1 51.7 77.7 153 148 431 7 14.3 630 1218 279 359
2007-08 22 63 2128 1070 394 155 57 29 8 47.9 77.0 120 136 258 22 36.4 429 896 204 265
2008-09 23 49 1665 690 295 94 60 25 8 44.8 79.6 72 80 215 20 40.0 265 591 152 191
2009-10 24 70 2654 1230 512 143 66 61 32 46.6 76.4 134 131 381 83 38.6 473 1014 252 330
2010-11 25 CHI 82 3208 1430 476 230 78 48 115 46.0 75.3 156 116 360 333 34.5 531 1155 253 336
2011-12 26 CHI 54 2129 828 350 157 56 36 79 41.2 77.0 96 77 273 215 36.7 311 755 127 165
2012-13 27 CHI 75 2903 1237 476 222 81 32 75 42.6 81.6 144 162 314 233 32.2 466 1093 230 282
2013-14 28 CHI 23 860 438 158 85 24 4 17 45.2 81.5 59 40 118 62 27.4 160 354 101 124
2013-14 28 CLE 40 1353 573 203 98 38 5 40 41.7 77.1 55 59 144 127 31.5 211 506 111 144
2013-14 28 CHI/CLE 63 2213 1011 361 183 62 9 57 43.1 79.1 114 99 262 189 30.2 371 860 212 268
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Luol Deng NBA Advanced Stats
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  Advanced Stats
Season Age Team G Min TS% eFG% AR TOR AST/TO EFF
2004-05 19 61 27.3 49.6 45.8 13.9 12.2 1.1 11.8
2005-06 20 78 33.4 51.7 47.4 11.1 7.9 1.4 15.5
2006-07 21 82 37.5 56.0 51.8 11.8 8.8 1.3 20.1
2007-08 22 63 33.8 52.8 48.3 12.0 9.3 1.3 16.8
2008-09 23 49 34.0 51.1 45.5 11.2 8.6 1.3 14.8
2009-10 24 70 37.9 53.1 48.2 10.0 9.3 1.1 18.0
2010-11 25 CHI 82 39.1 54.9 51.0 13.6 9.2 1.5 17.1
2011-12 26 CHI 54 39.4 50.0 46.4 14.5 8.9 1.6 15.7
2012-13 27 CHI 75 38.7 50.8 46.1 14.0 9.1 1.5 16.3
2013-14 28 CHI 23 37.4 53.6 47.6 15.4 10.7 1.4 18.8
2013-14 28 CLE 40 33.8 50.3 45.7 13.6 7.6 1.8 13.4
2013-14 28 CHI/CLE 63 35.1 51.7 46.5 14.4 8.9 1.6 15.3
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Luol Deng 2013-14 NBA Game Log
Date Opponent MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA OREB DREB FOULS
Apr 16 BKN                                
Apr 12 BOS                                
Apr 11 at MIL                                
Apr 9 DET 25 13 2 7 0 0 2 6 12 1 1 0 4 0 2 2
Apr 5 CHA 37 5 3 1 0 0 0 2 10 1 1 0 3 0 3 1
Apr 4 at ATL 35 13 2 0 0 0 0 4 13 5 6 0 3 1 1 0
Apr 2 at ORL 21 8 2 2 0 0 0 4 7 0 0 0 1 0 2 0
Mar 30 IND 36 15 5 3 1 0 3 6 12 3 5 0 2 1 4 1
Mar 28 at BKN 38 20 6 7 1 0 1 7 15 5 6 1 5 2 4 2
Mar 26 at DET 34 7 6 4 0 0 2 3 14 1 1 0 4 2 4 0
Mar 25 TOR 40 19 6 7 1 1 1 7 13 3 4 2 4 0 6 1
Mar 23 at NYK 32 13 4 0 2 0 1 5 8 0 0 3 4 1 3 3
Mar 22 HOU                                
Mar 20 OKC                                
Mar 18 MIA                                
Mar 16 at LAC 31 23 6 1 1 0 0 8 16 4 4 3 7 3 3 0
Mar 14 at GSW 33 16 6 0 1 0 0 6 10 2 4 2 3 0 6 1
Mar 12 at PHO 39 18 9 3 0 0 2 7 12 1 1 3 6 0 9 3
Mar 8 NYK 39 10 7 4 1 1 2 3 12 2 2 2 3 3 4 1
Mar 7 at CHA 34 19 6 1 1 0 2 8 15 3 4 0 2 3 3 2
Mar 4 SAS 35 9 2 3 0 0 4 3 10 3 4 0 2 1 1 3
Mar 1 at MEM 35 11 6 2 0 0 1 5 14 1 2 0 1 2 4 0
Feb 28 UTA 30 16 3 1 1 0 0 8 12 0 2 0 0 0 3 0
Feb 26 at OKC 37 13 3 2 1 0 2 5 16 2 2 1 5 0 3 0
Feb 25 TOR 40 8 9 5 2 0 1 3 14 2 5 0 5 3 6 3
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Feb 23 WAS 38 17 7 2 1 0 0 4 13 9 9 0 2 1 6 1
Feb 21 at TOR 38 21 11 1 2 0 3 6 15 7 8 2 4 5 6 2
Feb 19 ORL 33 17 3 3 1 0 1 6 14 4 4 1 2 1 2 0
Feb 18 at PHI 28 13 4 2 1 0 0 5 13 2 2 1 2 1 3 0
Feb 12 at DET 36 4 7 1 1 0 2 0 9 4 6 0 3 2 5 1
Feb 11 SAC 33 22 3 4 1 0 1 9 17 0 0 4 5 1 2 2
Feb 9 MEM 32 9 5 0 1 0 0 4 9 0 0 1 2 1 4 1
Feb 7 at WAS                                
Feb 5 LAL 24 3 3 2 0 0 0 1 10 1 2 0 2 1 2 0
Feb 3 at DAL 42 18 8 3 4 0 2 8 16 2 5 0 4 4 4 3
Feb 1 at HOU 36 24 4 2 2 0 0 10 19 1 2 3 8 1 3 3
Jan 30 at NYK 32 13 11 2 0 0 1 3 9 6 6 1 2 3 8 3
Jan 28 NOP 31 6 2 3 1 0 1 3 10 0 2 0 1 2 0 0
Jan 26 PHO 41 18 10 5 1 1 3 7 18 4 6 0 2 3 7 4
Jan 24 MIL 29 9 5 1 0 1 2 4 9 1 1 0 2 3 2 0
Jan 22 CHI 40 11 5 1 1 0 1 2 11 7 9 0 2 1 4 4
Jan 20 DAL 35 20 2 3 1 0 2 5 8 8 9 2 4 0 2 3
Jan 17 at DEN 30 18 3 2 1 1 0 6 17 6 7 0 1 3 0 2
Jan 15 at POR 39 25 6 2 3 0 3 10 20 3 4 2 7 1 5 2
Jan 14 at LAL 38 27 5 4 1 0 2 9 15 4 4 5 5 1 4 3
Jan 12 at SAC 24 12 5 2 1 0 3 5 11 1 2 1 3 2 3 1
Jan 10 at UTA 21 10 1 0 1 0 4 4 8 2 2 0 0 0 1 0
Jan 7 PHI                                
Jan 5 IND                                
Jan 4 at BKN 30 17 11 1 3 0 3 5 15 6 6 1 1 7 4 1
Jan 2 ORL 29 14 3 3 1 0 1 6 12 2 2 0 2 1 2 0
Dec 31 at IND 34 16 4 0 1 0 4 6 15 4 5 0 2 0 4 2
Dec 29 GSW                                
Dec 28 at BOS                                
Dec 26 ATL                                
Dec 23 DET                                
Dec 21 at CHI                                
Dec 20 MIL                                
Dec 17 POR                                
Dec 14 at MIA 35 17 7 4 0 0 3 8 19 0 0 1 2 3 4 2
Dec 13 at ORL                                
Dec 10 NYK                                
Dec 7 LAC                                
Dec 6 at ATL                                
Dec 4 DEN                                
Nov 30 CHI 39 27 4 11 0 0 3 12 20 1 1 2 5 0 4 1
Nov 29 at BOS                                
Nov 27 MIA 41 27 6 5 2 1 0 11 17 4 4 1 2 0 6 2
Nov 23 at SAS                                
Nov 22 at NOP 43 15 14 0 1 0 3 6 17 3 3 0 2 6 8 1
Nov 20 WAS                                
Nov 16 at WAS 32 23 7 2 2 0 3 8 14 6 7 1 2 1 6 3
Nov 15 CHA 38 19 9 3 0 0 3 8 15 1 1 2 4 0 9 4
Nov 13 at MIN                                
Nov 11 at CHI 37 12 5 3 1 0 1 3 12 6 6 0 3 2 3 0
Nov 9 PHI                                
Nov 8 at PHI 38 19 11 9 5 0 5 7 9 5 5 0 0 2 9 2
Nov 6 at MIL 36 17 3 1 1 0 1 6 18 5 5 0 3 0 3 1
Nov 4 MIN                                
Nov 2 at IND 37 20 7 4 2 0 1 8 21 4 5 0 3 3 4 3
Nov 1 at CHA                                
Oct 30 BKN                                

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Luol Deng: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Deng (back) won't play Saturday against the Celtics, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

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Deng (back) is doubtful for Saturday's game against the Celtics, The News Herald reports.

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Deng (back) is out Friday in Milwaukee, the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

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Deng had 13 points (6-12 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 1-1 FT) and seven assists in the win over Detroit on Wednesday. He played 25 minutes.

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Deng (back) played 35 minutes and scored 13 points (4-13 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 5-6 FT) in the loss to Atlanta on Friday.

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Coach Mike Brown said that Deng should be fine to play Friday against the Hawks, the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

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Deng sustained a strained back Wednesday against the Magic and will be re-evaluated Thursday, the Akron Beacon-Journal reports.

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Deng (ankle) returned from a three-game absence Sunday to play 32 minutes. He finished with 13 points, four rebounds and two steals.

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Deng (ankle) will play in Sunday's contest against the Knicks, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

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Deng (ankle) is out for Saturday's matchup with the Rockets, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

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Deng (ankle) will not play Thursday night against the Thunder, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

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Deng (ankle) is a game-time decision for Thursday's tilt versus the Thunder, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2013-14

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2012-13

Deng once again showed in 2011-12 why he is one of the best fantasy bargains at the small forward position. He averaged 15-plus points per game for the fifth time in the past six years, and his 6.5 rebounds per game placed once again in the top-10 at the position. Deng averaged 16.7 points per game in the 24 regular season games that Derrick Rose missed last season, which was actually slightly less than the 17.4 points he averaged with Rose in 2010-11. With Rose expected to miss a good chunk of the 2012-13 season, the numbers don’t suggest that Deng’s numbers will be heavily impacted. In the past two seasons Deng has started to utilize the three-point shot more, and last season he averaged a career-high 1.5 threes per game on 36.7 percent shooting from deep. If he again makes the long-range shot an even bigger part of his game, that’s yet another category in which his owners can expect above average production. Deng is a safe, but relatively low-upside fantasy play for 2012-13.

2011-12

Deng has been playing under the radar for most of his career, but he started to come out of the shadows under coach Tom Thibodeau last season. Although the Bulls will continue to run their offense through Derek Rose and Carlos Boozer, Deng’s growth from beyond the arc – he averaged over a three-pointer per game last season – provided a new weapon in his arsenal. With another offseason to work on the skill, more growth in that area is likely in store. While it seems like he’s been around forever, Deng is still just 26 years old, and entering into his peak seasons. While his rebounds slightly regressed last season, Deng improved his assist numbers slightly, as he’s become a more important part of the offense.

2010-11

Deng did a couple things last season that he hadn't done either recently or, in some cases, ever before. For starters, he stayed on the court. Having averaged only 56 games over the previous two seasons, Deng just barely crossed the 70-game threshold last year. Moreover, Deng averaged more minutes per game (37.9) than ever before, just beating out 2006-07's average of 37.5. Those two feats alone very likely made him a value for owners who drafted him late. Deng also made modest, but notable, improvements in three-pointers (32 made on 38.6% shooting) and blocks (0.9 per game versus a career average of 0.6). Those types of things are important, as even slight gains in low-total cats like these can create deceptively large increases in value. The question is whether those improvements are sustainable. Only 25, Deng is at an age where little bumps in production are more likely to be representative of genuine growth. But with power forward Carlos Boozer – i.e. a legitimate number-two scoring option after Derrick Rose – Deng's role in the offense could diminish somewhat.

2009-10

Two seasons after Deng gained notoriety as the player the Bulls seemed unwilling to trade for Kobe Bryant, he’ll have to pick himself back up after injury-riddled, disappointing campaigns. Deng’s numbers have dropped dramatically since his breakout third season, to the point where he is likely to be undervalued in most roto drafts. He has nice bounce-back potential this season, though, because with Ben Gordon gone Deng should be the primary scoring option for the Bulls. Also, rookie-of-the-year Derrick Rose has established himself as a point guard to be reckoned with who can break down opposing defenses at will. As such, Deng should get many open midrange jumpers next season which plays to his strength. Deng maintained his strong rebounding pace even with his injury struggles and has seven rebound-per-game potential. Just keep in mind he’s averaged 26 missed games due to injury over the past two years.

2008-09

Some analysts will tell you Chicago’s 2007-08 season fell apart due to uncertainty over Luol Deng’s status with the team. That shouldn’t be a problem this year – Deng just signed a lucrative six-year contract extension; it’s clear that he and Derrick Rose are two of the cornerstones of a franchise that could rebuild in a hurry. Deng is a highly skilled offensive player, with an excellent mid-range game and the size and strength to play in the paint. He doesn’t have the stunning athleticism you’ll see from some other NBA threes, which some critics say limits his potential. We’ll agree that he probably isn’t the superstar/number one option type. Luckily for the Bulls, Derrick Rose is. As Rose develops, Deng’s numbers should improve. Look for Deng to better last season’s numbers (17.0 ppg, 6.3 rpg) and to become a stronger fantasy option as the season goes on.

2007-08

The conditions are perfect for Deng to make the leap into the top tier of fantasy forwards this season. He’s got the size. He’s got the skill – including a developing array of low-post moves and a dynamite mid-range game. And most of all, he’s on a team that’s virtually devoid of scorers. Chicago has three players – Deng, Ben Gordon and Kirk Hinrich, who can legitimately be called scoring threats. Gordon is notoriously erratic. Hinrich is a distributor. Deng is the only one suited to play on the inside; he could very well become the low-post scoring threat that the Bulls have needed for years. For that reason, it’s expected that he’ll be able to hold off any challenges from the likes of the now-healthy Andres Nocioni, second-year man Tyrus Thomas or veteran Joe Smith and become Chicago’s primary offensive option.

2006-07

Bulls coach Scott Skiles’ decision to play small ball last year was probably the best thing that could’ve happened to Luol Deng. Instead of competing for minutes with Andres Nocioni at small forward, Deng at 6-9, played some small forward and power forward and put up solid numbers toward the end of last season. Deng averaged 16.3 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.1 steals after the All-Star break. It remains unclear what his role will be this year as the Bulls won’t have to go small as much this year with the acquisitions of Ben Wallace and Tyrus Thomas. Deng will most likely start the season backing up Andres Nocioni at small forward, but will most likely see time at power forward and even shooting guard. If he plays 30-plus minutes a night, he should put up fantasy-worthy points and rebound numbers.

2005-06

Deng befitting a rookie, had stretches where he was unstoppable, and others where he seemed lost on the court. While on the floor, he seemed best suited to playing small forward, from where he was able to best use his multiple skills on the open floor. Deng can handle the ball, grab a rebound in traffic, block a shot, hit the open man, and play tough defense but needs work on his shooting range, as he is only effective from about 16 feet and in. His rookie campaign was cut short by two injuries; a sprained right ankle in early-March, which cost him 10 games, and then a week after he returned, a ligament tear in his right wrist that required season-ending surgery on April 12, which required him to wear a cast for six-to-eight weeks, followed by three-to-six months of rehabilitation. Deng is expected to be ready for the start of the regular season and should slide back into the starting small forward spot, while seeing time at two-guard and power forward. Look for a slight increase in his numbers across the board in a solid sophomore season.

2004-05

Deng is a do-it-all, smart player who isn't off the charts with any given tool, but can flat-out play. Translated to fantasy terms, he lacks the selfishness to score tons on a team with other options and has the kind of complete game that could slip through the statistical cracks. Or he's a budding Scottie Pippen. Chicago offers a team not locked into its roles, but it's most likely, with Argentine star Andres Nocioni now signed and competing for time, that Deng develops not into a stat hog, but the intangibles -glue that keeps this team together.

2003-04

He's the complete package. Deng has it all. Athleticism, an NBA-ready body, quickness, fundamentals, a nice shooting touch and a great feel for the game. Deng is an unselfish player who can handle the ball, nail the mid-range jumper, grab a rebound in traffic or lock down an opponent in crunch time. His long arms and nice vertical leap make him play much longer than his height. The comparisons to Grant Hill are obvious, but his game more resembles a player like Andrei Kirilenko. Deng might be the best small forward prospect in the draft, who will most likely be a top 4 pick. Look for the Bulls to take him with their number 3 pick.