Luol Deng: First Basketball Player from the UK to be an NBA All-Star February 13, 2012 15:54
2012 is proving to be a very promising sporting year for the UK. We already know that the 2012 Olympic Games are going to be held in London this summer, and now a GB competitor is about to make history, by becoming the first Briton to ever play in the annual NBA All-Star Game in the US.
Luol Deng plays basketball for the Chicago Bulls, and has been making a real impact this season. Deng is a big part of the GB Basketball Team, and he will be taking on his American teammates as part of the Olympics later this year, but first he has an All-Star performance to be part of.
The NBA All-Star game is a serious highlight of the NBA season. This year, the All-Star Weekend will be hosted in Orlando, and will take place on the 25th and 26th February. The game sees the best of the Eastern Conference, go up against the best of the Western Conference, in an exhibition game that shows off the talents of some of the greatest ever players to take to the court.
Deng has been chosen as an Eastern Conference All-Star Reserve. A starting-five for the Eastern All-Star team was voted for by NBA fans, with Deng's team-mate, Derrick Rose, being chosen as part of the team. A further 7 players are chosen as reserves, or bench players, and those are voted for by coaches in their conference. So Deng was voted into the squad by coaches across the Eastern Conference.
In last summer's Eurobasket competition, Deng strutted his stuff for Great Britain, and averaged 24.9 points a game - more than any other player in the whole competition. This season he is averaging 16 points and 7.3 rebounds for the Chicago Bulls, helping to keep them in the running for the Championship.