Luol Deng was impressive for the Chicago Bulls in 2011-12, and he has been even better this season. The ninth-year forward out of Duke has stepped up and improved in a few categories, including scoring and field-goal percentage.
Deng is playing great on both ends of the floor. And for his efforts, he was recently named an All-Star reserve for the second straight year.
The Bulls, who’ve been without superstar Derrick Rose (ACL injury) this season, have surprised everyone, posting a 28-18 record and holding the third seed in the Eastern Conference.
While you can credit defense and Joakim Noah's All-Star play for the Bulls’ success, the team would be nothing more than lottery-bound without Deng in the picture.
There are a handful of reasons for him being better in 2012-13 than last season.