Luol Deng Officially Retires As a Chicago Bull

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Luol Deng Officially Retires As a Chicago Bull

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Pour one out for Lu!

It was announced Thursday that Luol Deng will be retiring as a member of the Chicago Bulls.

If we’re being honest, I bet he can still hoop ….

But after a quiet last few seasons in the league with the Los Angeles Lakers and Minnesota Timberwolves, The Man from Sudan’s time has come to an end.

The Chicago Bulls drafted Luol Deng with the No. 7 pick in the 2004 draft (Did somebody say No. 7!? What are the chances!? *laughs, then cries*). He went on to play nine years with the organization, earning himself two All-Star nods with the Bulls in back-to-back seasons (2012, 2013). Deng also earned All-Defensive Second Team honors in 2012 and cracked the All-Rookie team in 2005.

For his career, he averaged 14.8 points per game with 6.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists. He shot an impressive 45.6 percent from the field and 33.2 from behind the arc.

During his time with Chicago, specifically, he was a reliable force, averaging a team-high in minutes during both of his All-Star seasons, and only had one season where he appeared in under 50 games. His longtime presence led to numerous high-rankings on the Bulls All-Time leaderboards, and you should check out the Bulls article for a complete list, but his accomplishments include 6th in defensive rebounds (2,969), 5th in field goals made (3,987), 5th in steals (639), and 4th in points (10,286).

His stats say a lot, but they don’t say it all. Deng was a major fan favorite during his time in the Windy City, and his former teammate Kirk Hinrich helps demonstrate why:

Deng has the accolades to back up Hinrich’s comments, too. For example, in 2007, he was the recipient of the NBA Sportsmanship Award, and in 2014, he took home the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award, an honor given out to an NBA player who goes above and beyond to help the surrounding community.

Deng had one heck of a fun run with the Bulls, and retiring as a member of the team feels like the proper ending to a great NBA career.

Only one last thing to say …



Author: Elias Schuster

Elias Schuster is a writer for Bleacher Nation and a human being. You can follow him on Twitter @Schuster_Elias.