When Chicago Bulls’ center Joakim Noah was selected as an NBA All-Star reserve, many people felt that he was very deserving. However, there were some critics who did not agree with the selection and felt that another player was more deserving, such as Brooklyn Nets’ center, Brook Lopez. Nevertheless, Noah continues to justify why he was very deserving of his first All-Star selection.
In the Bulls’ Monday night 93-85 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats Noah recorded 13 points and 18 rebounds to go along with seven assists and four blocks. Noah recorded his 23rd double-double of the season and is on pace to set a career high for double-doubles in a season.
Noah has put up career numbers across the board this season and has been the Bulls’ leader as the team awaits Derrick Rose’s return. Noah is playing the best basketball of his career and has helped the Bulls stay in the playoff hunt as the team improved to 27-17 and is currently in third place in the eastern conference standings.
It is clear that Noah has been the Bulls’ MVP so far this season because the Bulls would not be where they are without Noah’s consistent effort. Noah has long been the Bulls’ emotional leader but this season he has become the defensive force behind one of the best defenses in the NBA.
For the season Noah is averaging 12.1 PPG, 11.1 RPG, 4.1 APG, 2.1 BPG, and 1.3 SPG. When Noah isn’t grabbing every rebound possible he is constantly blocking shots and grabbing steals here and there. The Bulls are one of the best defensive teams in the NBA and Noah is the defensive anchor. The Bulls’ star center has definitely established himself as a legitimate Defensive Player of the Year candidate and should be at least a shoe-in for the All-Defensive First Team.
Besides his rebounding and defense Noah has also turned into the best passing big man in the game today. Between his 12.1 PPG and 11.1 RPG Noah is a constant triple-double threat as he gets more assists than any other center in the NBA. I would go as far to say that Noah is becoming one of the best centers in the NBA and is more than deserving of his All-Star selection.
Noah played very well tonight but it is starting to become the norm for him which is a very good sign for the Bulls. Noah helped the Bulls get the win tonight and avenge a loss the Bulls suffered to the Bobcats earlier in the season. I look forward to continuing watching Noah’s great play and I cannot wait until I get to see him in the 2013 NBA All-Star game.