But while he might earn around US$12m (£7.5m) a year playing for the Bulls, he remains a softly spoken, intelligent and surprisingly understated man.
Born in Wau, Sudan (now South Sudan)
Family fled to Egypt during Sudanese civil war
Family granted political asylum in UK and moved to Brixton, south London
Played for England Juniors aged 13
Moved to the US aged 14 to play basketball at Blair Academy, New Jersey
Went to Duke University
Picked by Phoenix Suns in 2004 NBA draft but immediately traded to Chicago Bulls
Became a naturalised British citizen in 2006
Made Great Britain debut against Slovakia in 2007
Signed a six-year contract extension with the Bulls in 2009
Became the first Briton selected for the NBA All-Star Game in February 2012
A hungry one, too. He was scoffing what looked like a veggie omelette with a few rashers of streaky bacon when I joined him shortly before Sunday's match.
''I'd rather not have that at all,'' he says of the massive legion of PR men and fans that follow the likes of Kobe and LeBron everywhere. He just wants to be a regular guy.
Pushing away his breakfast, he tells me about his first Olympic memories: Watching them as a kid on a fuzzy TV set in an Egyptian cafe; the 1992 US 'Dream Team'; and how he truly believes Great Britain's basketball team can do something special this year.
He thinks they can win a medal.
The only time Deng shows any kind of All-Star ego is when our conversation turns to football. A fanatical Arsenal fan, he's excited to show me the Robin Van Persie-signed Arsenal shirt he's just got. As a kid, football was his first love. In fact, he avoided basketball practice so he could play football.
Any regrets that he followed the path to the NBA and not the EPL?
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