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Luol Deng

31-Year-Old    PF,SF    Los Angeles Lakers

2015-16 NBA Stats

PTS

12.3

REB

6.0

AST

1.9

STL

1.0

BLK

0.4

2016-17 NBA Projections

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2016-17 Fantasy Basketball Outlook

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HT: 6' 9"   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 a four-year, $72 million contract with the Lakers in July of 2016.

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Lakers coach Luke Walton confirmed that Deng will likely start at small forward to open the upcoming season, Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.

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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
2014-15 29 MIA 72 33.6 14.0 5.2 1.9 0.9 0.3 1.1 46.9 76.1 1.5 1.4 3.8 3.1 35.5 5.1 10.9 2.7 3.5
2015-16 30 MIA 74 32.4 12.3 6.0 1.9 1.0 0.4 1.2 45.5 75.5 1.1 1.5 4.5 3.5 34.4 4.6 10.1 2.0 2.6
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Age is determined on November 1st of each season.

2015-16 NBA Game Log   Luol Deng
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Date Opp MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA OREB DREB FOULS
Apr 13 UTA 35 6 8 2 0 2 1 3 9 0 0 0 5 2 6 3
Apr 11 @OKC Did Not Play
Apr 10 @HOU 35 20 2 5 2 0 4 7 11 5 8 1 4 0 2 5
Apr 8 @NOP 32 10 10 1 0 0 1 4 7 0 0 2 3 3 7 2
Apr 6 LAC Did Not Play
Apr 5 @LAC 34 12 8 5 1 0 0 6 13 0 0 0 2 1 7 2
Apr 3 BOS Did Not Play
Mar 30 MIA 41 22 11 2 1 3 0 9 15 2 4 2 4 5 6 1
Mar 28 @UTA 31 9 5 1 2 0 1 4 11 0 0 1 3 1 4 0
Mar 27 WAS Did Not Play
Mar 25 DEN 35 10 13 5 1 1 0 4 13 2 2 0 3 5 8 0
Mar 23 @PHO Did Not Play
Mar 22 MEM 29 5 3 4 0 0 0 1 7 3 3 0 4 0 3 2
Mar 18 PHO Did Not Play
Mar 15 SAC Did Not Play
Mar 13 NYK Did Not Play
Mar 10 CLE Did Not Play
Mar 8 ORL Did Not Play
Mar 6 GSW 36 12 14 4 2 1 0 5 11 1 2 1 4 3 11 0
Mar 4 ATL 35 13 9 2 0 0 1 3 8 7 7 0 3 3 6 1
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Mar 2 @DEN Did Not Play
Mar 1 BKN 37 20 4 2 1 0 2 8 10 1 2 3 3 0 4 5
Feb 26 MEM Did Not Play
Feb 24 @MEM 36 16 11 3 1 1 0 5 15 5 8 1 4 3 8 0
Feb 22 @MIL 37 13 16 1 0 0 1 5 18 3 5 0 3 5 11 5
Feb 21 @CHI Did Not Play
Feb 19 SAS 38 30 11 0 4 0 1 11 17 7 10 1 3 2 9 1
Feb 10 @CLE Did Not Play
Feb 8 @IND Did Not Play
Feb 6 @SAS Did Not Play
Feb 4 @NOP Did Not Play
Feb 2 MIN 29 17 8 3 1 0 3 7 13 1 2 2 4 2 6 2
Jan 31 CHA 32 17 4 3 2 0 1 7 14 1 2 2 5 2 2 1
Jan 29 @LAC 33 16 7 0 1 1 1 5 11 4 4 2 4 2 5 5
Jan 28 CHI Did Not Play
Jan 26 DAL 31 10 2 4 2 1 1 4 10 2 2 0 2 1 1 1
Jan 23 @POR Did Not Play
Jan 22 SAS Did Not Play
Jan 20 SAC 36 16 8 1 0 1 3 5 11 3 4 3 3 2 6 1
Jan 17 HOU 31 2 3 1 2 1 2 0 5 2 2 0 3 0 3 1
Jan 16 @UTA Did Not Play
Jan 14 @GSW Did Not Play
Jan 12 NOP Did Not Play
Jan 10 UTA Did Not Play
Jan 8 OKC 29 10 6 4 2 0 0 3 6 4 4 0 1 0 6 1
Jan 7 @SAC Did Not Play
Jan 5 GSW Did Not Play
Jan 3 PHO 27 9 9 2 0 0 1 4 5 0 0 1 1 1 8 1
Jan 1 PHI 30 9 4 1 0 0 0 3 7 2 2 1 3 0 4 2
Dec 30 @BOS Did Not Play
Dec 28 @CHA 29 15 4 0 1 2 1 6 13 0 0 3 7 0 4 4
Dec 27 @MEM Did Not Play
Dec 25 LAC 44 9 5 1 2 0 1 3 8 0 0 3 5 0 5 1
Dec 23 OKC Did Not Play
Dec 22 @DEN 33 9 4 1 5 0 1 3 8 3 4 0 3 0 4 1
Dec 19 @OKC Did Not Play
Dec 17 HOU Did Not Play
Dec 15 MIL Did Not Play
Dec 12 @HOU Did Not Play
Dec 11 @SAS 34 7 3 1 1 0 0 3 9 0 0 1 6 1 2 2
Dec 9 @MIN 24 5 6 1 0 0 1 1 6 2 2 1 3 0 6 0
Dec 7 @TOR Did Not Play
Dec 6 @DET Did Not Play
Dec 4 @ATL Did Not Play
Dec 2 @WAS Did Not Play
Dec 1 @PHI Did Not Play
Nov 29 IND Did Not Play
Nov 28 @POR Did Not Play
Nov 24 @GSW Did Not Play
Nov 22 POR Did Not Play
Nov 20 TOR Did Not Play
Nov 16 @PHO Did Not Play
Nov 15 DET Did Not Play
Nov 13 @DAL Did Not Play
Nov 11 @ORL Did Not Play
Nov 10 @MIA 30 14 4 4 3 0 0 5 9 1 1 3 6 1 3 2
Nov 8 @NYK 29 6 5 1 1 0 0 2 7 1 2 1 3 1 4 2
Nov 6 @BKN 26 9 2 0 0 0 2 4 7 0 0 1 2 1 1 1
Nov 3 DEN 25 4 2 1 0 1 0 2 9 0 0 0 4 0 2 1
Nov 1 DAL 27 14 6 1 0 0 1 5 12 3 4 1 4 3 3 1
Oct 30 @SAC 29 10 6 2 1 0 1 4 8 1 2 1 3 2 4 3
Oct 28 MIN 30 13 3 1 1 1 1 5 8 0 0 3 3 1 2 2

Luol Deng – Playing Time & Selected Stats

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#1 Small Forward
Also Listed As:  #5 Power Forward
Los Angeles Lakers

True Shooting Percentage

54.9%

True Shooting % in 2015-16

In 2015-16, Luol Deng had a true shooting percentage of 54.9%.

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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
2014-15 29 MIA 72 36.0 15.0 5.6 2.1 1.0 0.3 1.2 46.9 76.1 1.6 1.5 4.1 3.3 35.5 5.5 11.7 2.8 3.7
2015-16 30 MIA 74 36.0 13.7 6.7 2.1 1.1 0.4 1.3 45.5 75.5 1.2 1.6 5.0 3.8 34.4 5.1 11.2 2.2 2.9
2016-17 Projections 31 LAL 71 36.0 Subscribe now to see our 2016-17 projections for Luol Deng

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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
2014-15 29 MIA 72 2421 1007 376 139 65 22 78 46.9 76.1 108 103 273 220 35.5 369 787 191 251
2015-16 30 MIA 74 2394 911 443 140 74 29 88 45.5 75.5 81 108 335 256 34.4 339 745 145 192
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Luol Deng NBA Advanced Stats
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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
2014-15 29 MIA 72 33.6 56.1 51.8 12.1 9.4 1.3 14.2
2015-16 30 MIA 74 32.4 54.9 51.4 13.3 7.7 1.7 14.4
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Luol Deng: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Deng agreed to a four-year, $72 million deal with the Lakers on Saturday, The Vertical's Shams Charania reports.

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Deng (wrist) totaled just two points (1-5 FG, 0-3 3Pt), eight rebounds, two assists and a blocked shot across 41 minutes in Friday's 103-91 Game 6 win over the Raptors.

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Deng (wrist) will play in Friday's Game 6 against the Heat, Ethan J. Skolnick of the Miami Herald reports.

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Deng (wrist) will go through warmups Friday, and the team is hopeful that he'll be able to take to floor for Game 6 against the Raptors, Mike Mazzeo of ESPN.com reports.

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Deng (wrist) went through the team's morning shootaround Friday, but remains questionable for Game 6 against the Raptors, Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press reports.

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Deng (wrist) was diagnosed with a bruise in his left wrist and is listed as questionable for Friday's Game 6 against the Raptors, Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports reports.

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Deng will undergo an MRI on Thursday to determine the extent of the left wrist injury he suffered in Wednesday's 99-91 Game 5 loss to the Raptors. "Right now we're just being smart," Deng said after the game. "As long as it's nothing serious, I will be out there Friday [for Game 6]."

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Deng won't return to Wednesday's Game 5 tilt with the Raptors after suffering a left wrist injury.

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Deng supplied 12 points (5-9 FG, 2-4 3Pt), six rebounds, two steals and a block over 42 minutes in Thursday's 96-92 overtime loss to the Raptors in Game 2 of the series.

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Deng scored 21 points (9-14 FG, 3-4 3Pt) while adding four rebounds, two assists, and two blocks in 36 minutes during Friday's win over the Hornets in Game 6 of their first-round series.

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Deng chipped in 16 points (4-12 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 6-6 FT), six rebounds, and three assists over 36 minutes in Wednesday's Game 5 loss to the Hornets.

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Deng scored 19 points (6-12 FG, 5-6 3Pt, 2-4 FT) while adding eight rebounds and two assists in 35 minutes during a Game 3 loss to the Hornets on Saturday.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2016-17

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2015-16

Deng elected to opt into his player option for the 2015-16 season and remain a member of the Heat after appearing and starting in 72 games with them last season. Statistically, he is coming off the worst season of his career since his rookie year, posting averages of 14.0 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 1.9 assists in nearly 34 minutes per game. However, despite regressing a bit statistically, Deng still had a fairly efficient season while filling the void LeBron James' departure left on the wing, as he shot 47 percent from the field, Deng's highest mark since 2007-08 season, and 36 percent from behind the arc. Now, in what will be his 12th season in the league, Deng may have the smallest roll he's ever had in his career, as he will likely be the fourth scoring option offensively behind Chris Bosh, Goran Dragic, and Dwyane Wade, while Justise Winslow, the team's 2015 first-round pick, will join the rotation to steal some of the 30-year-old's minutes. The good news for Deng is that last season was one of his healthiest after only playing in 63 games combined in his previous two, so the lighter workload will surely benefit his overall health.

2014-15

Deng signed a two-year deal in the offseason to become a member of the Miami Heat. Of course, Deng's acquisition is an attempt to do the impossible job of filling the hole left by LeBron James. Since trying to compare the two doesn't make much sense, Deng will use his 11th season in the NBA to usher in a new era of Miami basketball while partnering with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. He started last season in Chicago and ended it in Cleveland, averaging 16.0 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.0 steal, 0.1 blocks, and 0.9 threes on 35 minutes per game. With a new role in South Beach, just because he can't replicate the play of James doesn't mean that Deng won't have the opportunity to improve upon his numbers from last season. The 29-year-old should be an integral part of the Heat's offense this season as he'll look to avoid injuries that limited his availability to 63 games in 2013-14. His prior history in the league has proven that the native of England can contribute in all categories, and there's no reason why that shouldn't be the case In his tenure in Miami.

2013-14

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 course, that makes his per game stats of 16.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.0 three-pointers less impressive, but it doesn't matter how his per-36 numbers stack up if he's playing 39 minutes per game and everyone else getting drafted around him is closer to 30 mpg. There are no guarantees, but the smart money is on Deng's 43 percent field-goal percentage seeing a boost with the return of Derrick Rose. Deng shot 47 percent and 46 percent from the field in 2009-10 and 2010-11, respectively, and then saw that dip to 41 percent in 2011-12, with minor improvement last season. The drop coincides with Rose missing time, which makes sense, as Deng's shots would naturally be better contested without the 2010-11 MVP drawing defenders. He shouldn't hurt you in any categories this year, and his ample playing time allows Deng to be of value in all formats.

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.