By Luis Tirado Jr. @LTJ81 on April 16, 2014
Joakim Noah sure has made a strong case this season to be named the 2014 NBA MVP. Sure, he might not be scoring as much as Kevin Durant and he isn't as popular as LeBron James, but true NBA analysts know Noah is considered the complete package.
Here are five reasons why Noah should be the 2014 NBA MVP.
So far this season, Noah has averaged 11.2 RPG and has been a defensive machine. He blocks, creates turnovers and knows how to adjust to defensive shifts. Noah has easily been a top defender at center all season long. Compared to guys like James and Durant, Noah is indeed the better all-around defender, especially in close games.
Averaging 5.4 assists a game, Noah loves to get his entire team involved. It creates teamwork that easily translates to success. This will be a key factor in the NBA Playoffs as well as in the 2014 NBA MVP race.
Noah makes very quick decisions that always result in easy baskets. He's also extremely consistent with his free throw shooting percentage, which wins games. He also gets double-digit rebounds and puts in a ton of work day in and day out. That's what an NBA MVP is all about. It's not always the high numbers you put up on the scoreboard, but the impact you bring to your team.
The Chicago Bulls have gotten close, but not quite close enough. The one huge factor that has enabled them to contend each season has been the leadership of Noah. He should be the 2014 NBA MVP because he's been the driving force on the Chicago Bulls.
Noah is capturing the hearts of many with his determination to carry the Bulls on his back. He makes the case that even though he's not as flashy as Durant or dominant as James, he will give it his all until the very end.
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