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.