UK Journalists Name Bulls Luol Deng British Player of the Year



The United Kingdom’s Basketball Journalists Association has deemed Chicago small forward Luol Deng the worldwide British born player of the year. He takes home the Syd Lipski award.

The Londoner starred for Great Britain in last summer’s Eurobasket qualifiers before having probably his best season in his NBA career. Deng became a legitimate second scoring option behind Derrick Rose as the Bulls claimed the league’s best regular season record, 61-21.

Deng takes the award – newly named after Syd Lipski, the pioneering British basketball journalist who died in February – for the second successive season.

Malaga center Joel Freeland is the runner-up for the second year in a row following another brilliant campaign in the both the Spanish ACB and the Euroleague. Their GB team-mate Pops Mensah-Bonsu, currently playing for French side Asvel, was third.


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  1. Ben Gordon…seen twittling his thumbs on the disaster of a squad known as the Pistons. A shame.

    Deng is a very solid player, but I’m not so sure he and Booz are good enough to give rose the offensive helps he needs.

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