- Draft Class: 2004
- College: Duke
- High School: Blair Academy (Blairstown, N.J.)
- Birthdate: April 16, 1985 (South Sudan)
Selected by the Phoenix Suns in the first round (7th overall pick) of the 2004 NBA Draft.
Appeared in 23 games (all starts) for Chicago, averaging a career-best 19.0 points on .452 shooting, 6.9 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.0 steal in 37.4 minutes per game...also shooting .815 (101-124) from the foul line...recorded five double-doubles...has scored at least 20 points 10 times this season, including a stretch of six straight 20-point games from Nov. 24 to Dec. 5 when he averaged 26.2 points on .533 (56-105) shooting, including .381 (8-21) from the three-point line, 5.8 rebounds and 6.0 assists in 42.3 minutes per game...posted a season-high 37 points on 15-27 (.556) shooting, eight rebounds and seven assists in triple overtime versus New Orleans on Dec. 2...scored 27 points and tied his career high with 11 assists in 39 minutes at Cleveland on Nov. 30...tallied 27 points on 11-17 (.647) shooting, six boards, five assists and two steals in 41 minutes at Detroit on Nov. 27...finished with 24 points and 10 rebounds at Utah on Nov. 25...posted 15 points and a team-high 14 rebounds at Portland on Nov. 22...recorded 19 points, 11 boards, nine assists and five steals versus Utah on Nov. 8...DND for nine games from Dec. 7-13 and Dec. 19-30 due to a sore left Achilles...placed on the Inactive List one time this season (Jan. 7).
Two-time NBA All-Star (2012 and 2013)...named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team in 2012...received the NBA Sportsmanship Award in 2007...selected to the 2006 Sophomore Team T-Mobile Rookie Challenge...All-Rookie First Team honors in 2005.
Full name is Luol Deng...also a member of the Great Britain national team in the 2012 Olympics...member of the Dinka tribe that produces many of the tallest people in the world...father, Aldo, served in the Sudanese parliament and became the country’s Minister of Transportation before moving to Egypt to avoid Sudan’s civil war...while in Egypt, he was taught basketball by Manute Bol, another member of the Dinka tribe...in 1993, Deng’s father was granted political asylum in England...Luol is one of nine children...brother, Ajou, played college basketball at Fairfield and Connecticut...sister, Arek, played college basketball at Delaware...created the Luol Deng Foundation, which is dedicated to assisting those in need by providing resources and creating opportunities for a better way of life—with hope, integrity and faith as values, the foundation’s wellness, educational and recreational programs encourage and promote progress and improvement in our community and in South Sudan...hosted and underwrote the cost for a Thanksgiving dinner at the Pacific Garden Mission in 2010...made a personal donation to the holiday food drive benefiting the Greater Chicago Food Depository...hosted the Chicago Housing Authority’s 11th annual Kids Holiday Party at the Museum of Science and Industry...was awarded the Chicago Bulls Charles Lubin Award in October 2006 for his dedication to community service...coordinated the third Annual Luol Deng Thanksgiving Dinner at the Pacific Garden’s Mission Gospel League Home...serves as spokesperson for the World Food Programme and also for the Nothing But Nets initiative, a grassroots effort to prevent malaria by delivering long-lasting insecticide-treated bed nets...received the NBA’s Community Assist Award in April 2007...helped 25 kids from the Martin Luther King Boys & Girls Club go on a holiday shopping spree and spend $100 gift cards courtesy of Dick’s Sporting Goods ...during the past few off seasons he has organized a summer basketball camp sponsored by Nike in London for NBA hopefuls...received the 2006-07 NBA Sportsmanship Award...was a part of the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders tour to Africa in the summer of 2006, and again in 2012, as well as in Europe and Asia in 2007...held a press conference with the Chicago Bulls and the United Nations Foundation to bring awareness to malaria in Africa and fundraise for 40,000 insecticide-treated bed nets to prevent malaria in temporary refugee camps on the Chad-Sudan border...attended holiday party for USO and CHA kids whose parents were deployed in the Armed Services...co-funded the Chicago Housing Authority’s Holiday Party; purchased 500 toys for underprivileged children for Christmas...hosted the Lost Boys of Sudan “Hope for Sudan” Celebration and birthday party with local community members...involved with the “Lost Boys of Sudan” Chicago Chapter...created PSA for ninemillion.org to raise funds for refugee children to get an education...donated $50 per field goal made to the ninemillion.org campaign and $50 per field goal made in 2007-08 to the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets initiative...donated $25,000 to London South Bank University to help with operational costs for basketball camps in August 2008.