Luol Deng fits in with the Cavs
James W. Wade III | 1/22/2014, 11:30 a.m.
The Cleveland Cavaliers made a trade recently for former Chicago Bull Luol Deng. He is a two-time All-Star the Cavs got for Andrew Bynum and three future draft picks and major salary savings.
Deng 28 was averaging 19 points, 6.9 rebounds and 3.7 assists before coming to the Cavs and lately being a Cavalier he has had a hot hand helping the Cavs to a few wins. Deng has been a great support for Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson.
The line up is great now with Deng and the stats show they are averaging 118.2 points per 100 possessions. Fans are happen to see the offense in sync and making the big plays since Deng has joined the team. Irving is leading the team averaging 21.5 and Deng is second with 18.4.
It’s great to have Deng bring the Cavs up to 46.3 percent shooting. Deng's family had to flee to Egypt from their home country of Sudan due to Civil War. His family relocated again when he was 10 to London, after they were granted political asylum. Deng wears the number 9 jersey because he is the ninth child and wanted to honor his family.
If you talk to fans, many feel this has been the best trade the Cavs have made in a very long time. The Cavaliers will have the opportunity to re-sign Deng, a free agent this coming summer.
Deng has also competed with the Great Britain national basketball team. As a member of the Chicago Bulls from 2004 until 2014, Deng was selected for his first NBA All-Star game during the 2011–12 season, joining teammate Derrick Rose.
As a Cavalier it would be nice to see him and Irving become All Stars and give the team a better winning record for 2014. “He's been through a lot of situations and he's got a poise about him. He doesn't get too high, doesn't get too low. Stays the course. He understands what has to happen if things don't go well, tries to keep everybody together instead of blaming this or blaming that. Just a true veteran, a guy who's been through the fires,” said Cavs coach Mike Brown.
Deng has said many times all he wants to do is help the team; he seems to be in Cleveland to help the team win. So far he is doing just that. Last week Deng played 39 minutes against the Blazers on Wednesday with 25 points, five boards, two assists, three steals and two 3-pointers.
The addition of Deng is still new, and there's a long way to go before the Cavaliers make the playoffs but if you talk to the fans they see a light of hope with Deng as a Cavalier.
“We are very excited for Luol to join the Cavaliers organization. We have worked to acquire and maintain flexibility in order to capitalize on opportunities such as this. Luol reflects all that we are striving for in building our team. He’s a tremendous defensive player that can impact the game on both ends of the court with a team-first mentality and is a high character leader,” said Cavs general manager Chris Grant in a press release issued by the team.
Deng is involved in numerous charities, such as the UK children's Charity School Home Support. He has been noted for his work on behalf of the Lost Boys of Sudan and other refugees. During the summers of 2006 and 2007, Deng went to Africa, Asia and Europe with the NBA for their Basketball without Borders Tour. He is also a spokesperson for the World Food Program.