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Top 5 Chicago Bulls Who Will Benefit The Most From The Luol Deng Trade

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Top 5 Chicago Bulls Who Will Benefit The Most After Luol Deng Trade

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Many people around the league was shocked when the news broke out of Chicago Bulls' camp that Luol Deng was being traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Andrew Bynum and draft picks. The shock is still lingering around the Bulls, but they have seemed to use this as motivation and starting to get it together. A trade like this can really hurt a team or shake it up. The Bulls have seemed to find that it factor and is rolling at the moment.

The trade has shook up the team a bit. Joakim Noah has showed his frustration about losing Deng by not speaking to the media. He was using Twitter to vent his feelings to management. He recently just said something to the media that it hurts that his big brother Deng was traded, but he understands it. He knows this profession is a business and trades happen all the time. He did not want to make a big scene commenting on this matter right away, so he stayed silent. He feels this team is still legit and he has the upmost confidence in his squad.

The Bulls have been playing their best basketball since this trade went down. They are a perfect 3-0 since Deng was traded, and 5-0 since the New Year. The Bulls are creeping up the Eastern Conference with this recent great play. They are firmly cementing themselves in the playoff race and could be a huge matchup problem against most teams in the East. Here are the top five Bulls players who can and will benefit from this trade.

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5. Joakim Noah

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Noah has voiced his displeasure about this trade. But he knows the Bulls need him more than ever now. He becomes the de facto leader with Derrick Rose out and Deng traded away. He must continue to lead this group with his effort, defense and his improving offense.

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4. Jimmy Butler

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Jimmy "Buckets" is the future of the Bulls. With Deng being traded, Butler now is the Bulls' best perimeter defender. He will take on the best players at the two guard and small forward positions. This trade makes more room for him to get more minutes and show his worth as a key component moving forward.

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3. Taj Gibson

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Gibson has improved by leaps and bounds this season. He is playing with so much confidence in his offensive game. He can score inside in the post and his jump shot has improved so much it can be a deadly weapon. He steps right in to solidify the front court rotation with Noah and Carlos Boozer.

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2. Mike Dunleavy, Jr.

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Dunleavy was brought in to provide a spark off the bench with his veteran leadership and three-point shooting. Now he has been moved to the starting line-up to provide much more. He benefits from this trade because he knows what to do when he is out of the floor, to shoot lights out from the perimeter.

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1. Tony Snell

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No one envisioned Snell to contribute right away as a rookie this season. He was supposed to sit and observe the action. But times has changed so quickly and coach Tom Thibodeau is pushing the rookie very heavy into the rotation. He is learning on the fly and that can only help him down the road.