Luol Deng is a former professional basketball player from Sudan. He played in the National Basketball Association from 2004 to 2019. He is a two-time NBA All-Star while playing for the Chicago Bulls; and in 2007, he was given the NBA Sportsmanship Award.

Player Profile and Personal Life

Luol Ajou Deng was born on April 16, 1985, in Wau, Sudan. He stands 206 cm tall and his weight was last listed at 108 kg. He shoots right-handed and he plays small forward and power forward.

He is a member of the Dinka ethnic group. His brother Ajou Deng also played basketball professionally. He moved to the United Kingdom when he was younger and later transferred to the United States when he was 14.

Position Small Forward
Height / weight 2.06 m / 108 kg
Born 16 Apr 1985
Nationality Sudan Sudan
Playing Style Right Handed
Team History
226 minnesota timberwolves Minnesota 2018 - 2019
27 los angeles lakers Los Angeles 2016 - 2018
214 miami heat Miami Heat 2014 - 2016
208 cleveland cavaliers Cleveland 2014
207 chicago bulls Chicago 2004 - 2014

High School and College Career

He first attended St. Mary’s Roman Catholic High School in Croydon, London. Later, he moved to the United States to play basketball for Blair Academy in Blairstown, New Jersey. In 2003, he was named a McDonald’s All-American, and he was also named to the First-team Parade All-American.

Deng committed to play college basketball for Duke University and was there from 2003 to 2004. He was named the 2004 USBWA National Freshman of the Year.

Professional Career

In 2004, he joined the NBA after he was selected in the 1st round as the 7th overall pick by the Phoenix Suns but eventually signed with the Chicago Bulls. He spent the majority of his professional career with the Bulls and was with them through to 2014.

In 2005, he was named to the NBA All-Rookie Team, and in 2007, he was given the NBA Sportsmanship Award. He was also named an NBA All-Star in 2012 and 2013. Then he was named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team in 2012.

In 2014, he signed for a short time with the Cleveland Cavaliers but eventually moved to play for the Miami Heat. From 2016 to 2018, he was with the Los Angeles Lakers and then from 2018 to 2019, he played for the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Career Highlights and Awards

  • 2012, 2013 - NBA All-Star
  • 2012 - NBA All-Defensive Second Team
  • 2005 - NBA All-Rookie First Team
  • 2007 - NBA Sportsmanship Award
  • 2004 - USBWA National Freshman of the Year
  • 2004 - Third-team All-ACC
  • 2003 - First-team Parade All-American
  • 2003 - McDonald’s All-American

Career NBA Statistics

  • Points - 13,361 (14.8 ppg)
  • Rebounds - 5,468 (6.1 rpg)
  • Assists - 2,042 (2.3 apg)

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