If you’ve tuned into NBA postseason basketball since the Sixers destruction, I’m sure you’ve witnessed the impressive Chicago Bulls team of late. The Bulls, who finished first in the East, recently demolished the Miami Heat in Game 1 of the second round. Granted it is a seven game series, and nearly everyone expects the Heat to fight back, it’s still hard to ignore how good the Bulls looked.
Mainstream media mainly credits this season’s MVP Derrick Rose and Coach of the Year Tom Thibodeau for the Bulls’ resurgence. Rightfully so, those two have been the driving force behind the 21 win turnaround from a year ago. He has instilled his defensivphilosophy which has flourished incredibly in Chicago as Derrick Rose has attacked the rim with arguably the most explosive power we’ve ever seen at the point guard position. With all that being said, there is an x-factor in Chi-town that may go unnoticed: Luol Deng.
In Game 1, Deng pestered LeBron James all over the floor by applying constant ball pressure defensively. He managed to contain James by keeping his total at just 15 points on 5 of 15 shooting. Offensively, he was equally impressive scoring 21 points including four three-pointers, snatching four steals and grabbing seven boards. On the season, Deng has averaged 17.4 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game.
Luol Deng shares many similarities to one of our dear Sixers. That certain individual, like Deng, is an aboveaverage scorer but not a go-to guy, a premier defensive specialist and a solid rebounder for his position. Also, in recent years they’ve both been discussed in League circles during trade talks.
Yes, I’m talking about Andre Iguodala.