Fantasy Basketball Stud Performance: Joakim Noah Records Triple-Double

Joakim Noah - Chicago Bulls

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The Chicago Bulls took care of the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday night thanks in large part to a tremendous effort by Joakim Noah.

Noah had arguably one of his best games of the season and one of the best overall for a center with a big triple-double. He finished with 23 points on 8-for-12 shooting from the field while going 7-for-9 from the line, but he was even better on defense with 21 rebounds, three steals and – wait for it — 11 blocks. This was the third triple-double of his career and the 11 rejections are a career-high. He became the third player this season with a triple-double consisting of points, rebounds and blocks.

After dealing with foot issues at the beginning of the month, Noah has rounded back into form and has least eight rebounds in nine straight games and now has four double-doubles since returning. He is right around the top five in rebounds per game and is in the top 10 in blocks as well as free-throw percentage among centers.

Spencer Hawes did fine for himself with 15 rebounds and 20 points on the night up against Noah, but he was clearly outplayed. He is a top-five fantasy center and while he doesn’t score a ton (Thursday was the first time he scored 20 points since mid-December) he makes up for it with tremendous rebound and block totals. He also is tops among centers with 4.2 assists per game and is one of four centers averaging over one steal per game. He has clearly put the foot issues behind him and will continue to play big minutes as the Bulls battle for a top seed in the Eastern Conference.

Rich Arleo is a fantasy sports expert with Rant Sports. Be sure to follow him on Twitter and ‘Like’ him on Facebook

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