NBA Offseason: 2013-2014 Top 5 Small Forwards

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With the NBA season rapidly approaching here is a breakdown of the Top 5 small forwards in the NBA:

 

Apr 29, 2013; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng (9) shoots over Brooklyn Nets center Andray Blatche (0) during the second quarter of game five of the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs at the Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

5. Luol Deng

2012-2013 per-game statistics: 16.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, 0.4 blocks, 15.1 PER

The Chicago Bulls small forward has led the NBA in minutes per game for the last two seasons.  He is the longest tenured player currently on Chicago’s roster, and he has earned this title.  His stopping abilities defensively are impressive, and he has done so with a torn ligament in his wrist for the majority of the last couple of seasons.  Though leading in minutes per game is impressive, doing so has not benefited Deng’s health.  He will especially have to carry his team this season as Derrick Rose recovers from injuring his ACL.

Deng, a native of Sudan, shows great consistency in the paint.  What he lacks in ball handling, Deng makes up for in his sheer knowledge of the game.  The 6 foot 9 inch Bull also needs to work on accuracy from behind the three-point arc, as he shot 32.2 percent last season.  Once he is completely healthy, Deng will be a force to be reckoned with, especially with a standing reach of 9 feet 0.5 inches.

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