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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