With only a handful of games remaining on the schedule for the Chicago Bulls, Joakim Noah once again proved his value to the team. On April 9 against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Noah posted his fourth triple-double of the season in an impressive 102-87 road victory.
Noah’s stat line included 15 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists in 40 minutes of play. Normally, 10 assists for any center is a rarity in the NBA, but not for Noah who is averaging more than five assists per game. His defense was stellar as well, limiting All-Star center Kevin Love to 7-20 shooting to go along with three turnovers. Noah also recorded a steal, and helped secure the Bulls their sixth win in a row—currently the longest winning streak in the league.
Only four more games remain on the schedule for Chicago—including the Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks, Orlando Magic and Charlotte Bobcats—all teams under the .500 mark. If the Bulls win their remaining four games, they’ll go 50-32 and post their best winning percentage since the lockout shortened 2011-12 season.
Noah is also on pace to quite possibly win individual accolades which include Defensive Player of the Year, and make it on an all-defensive team. If Noah does in fact land on the all-defensive list, he’ll receive a much deserved $500,000 from the Bulls for his accomplishment.
But for Noah, he has continuously stated that the individual accolades do not matter to him, only winning does. If the Bulls can win their next four games and get to the 50-win mark, Noah will definitely be considered for league awards whether he wants the recognition or not.