Chicago Bulls: 15 best scorers in franchise history

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Luol Deng, Chicago Bulls
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Small forward. 2004-14. Luol Deng. 9. player. 24.

While most of his fame today stems from the infamous $72 million contract he signed with the Los Angeles Lakers as a free agent, there was a time in which Luol Deng was one of the most productive players in the league.

In roughly nine and a half seasons with the Bulls, Deng was never considered among the NBA’s elite — a notch below it in fact — but that didn’t stop him from still being one of the better scorers in the game.

When thinking about his scoring prowess, there wasn’t any one area in which Deng would beat his opponents. Rather, he sprinkled in a little bit of everything on offense, able to score from outside the arc, around the elbow and right at the rim.

Part of his production was certainly due to the insane amount of playing time he received under Tom Thibodeau over four seasons, posting the highest minutes per game average in back-to-back campaigns. Even so, there was no denying Deng was able to put the ball in the basket.

As mentioned earlier in this list, Carlos Boozer played a massive role in helping the Bulls stay afloat offensively when Derrick Rose’s injuries continued to pop up. But it was Deng who was right there with him, always willing to do what it took. More often than not, that meant taking upon more responsibility on the offensive end.

It may not have always been his strong suit, but Deng still found ways to put points on the board in Chicago, helping his team more games than they should have in the process.